As annoying as it is when River jumps up on the table and eats my dinner and sometimes pushes me out the way when Daddy drops some Dreamies on the floor for me it turns out it's a two way street.
She's only gone and left some of her gravy bone biscuit on the floor and you know what, it's quiet nice. I think I'll have to keep an eye on her eating habits I think these gravy bone things could become a favourite.
I left my daddies pretty much with River last evening when they came home from their adventures. It's not that I wasn't excited to see them, I was, it's just sometimes you've got to know when to step back. I'm a cat and quiet independent, River however well she's dependant on them and needed a lot of their time.
I got my time this morning when they came down and gave me a great big handful of teeth crunchies and sat me down to tell me all about their trip.
I think it's amazing that people can get in metal tubes and then somehow be up in the sky. I don't think I would like it much, I don't like being trapped in when I go to see the doctor so goodness knows how I would feel all the way up there.
However I would very much enjoy all the water that's everywhere in Amsterdam. I love water in all its formats.
Of course they don't go there to sit indoors, they go to explore.
And low and behold ta dah, cats!
And happy people.
And rather strange clothes.
I do find it very pretty at night when all the lights come on, don't think I'd like so many people being around though.
Daddy said the next day it was lovely and hot there, the sun was shining. Um here it was thundering and River was scared, I guess they go the best of the weather.
Makes it easy for people to sit out in the street eating, drinking and laughing. Um Amsterdam seems like a very happy place.
Where you can walk everywhere very easily. I could explore all over, maybe there's another way for me to get there?
I hope they do god cat food.
Apparently it's very cat and dog friendly there, oh yes and there's lot of bikes too.
And people making merry, mucking about on the water. I'm liking this place more and more.
And then something really strange happened. Daddy showed me a photo of a cat and it looked just like me and a bit like Lil' and I started to think maybe I was receiving a message of some kind from the universe.
I played close attention. Yes definitely I was receiving a message, the closer I looked the more I was sure.
Believe or not.
In Amsterdam there's cats everywhere!
And signs telling you you are not alone. Daisy got it.
They really do love their cats in the Netherlands, lovely people.
Cats, cats and more cats, I'm sure I would feel very at home.
Although not too sure how I'd manage with those trams running around everywhere.
Although they do have some very pretty flowers.
Cats even on clothes.
And black panthers on signs. Yep black panthers are cats too.
At night Daddy said all the people come out into the streets to watch the lights go on and mingle around.
And it's a time to reflect and remember people that aren't with you in body although they always will be in spirit. Messages from the universe are their way of letting you know.
And helping you to remember times spent together.
They like cheese in the Netherlands Daddy says, I don't mind it but I prefer Dreamies,
Eating cheese at night can give you weird dreams I've heard and I have enough of those without any help.
Dreams of rainbows.
The next day they met a cat who looked a bit like Sally, They stopped and said hello.
But they were on their way t see the 7 Singing Towers of Amsterdam. All sounds very magical.
I think from the photo's Daddy showed me that they had to climb up really high to see them.
Ah yes, I can see some.
1968, a good year apparently.
So says the Old man. In the messages are to be believe
He then showed me a photo of a pixie siting in a shop window as happy as can be. I did wonder why he was so cheery but couldn't work it out.
But then again it's Amsterdam and even old bikes on the way seem to smile.
But then again from what I'm leaning the whole city smiles at you, and showers you in signs from the universe.
I has no idea how long I'd been asleep but when I woke up the sun was shining bright, I stretched and yawned, I really needed that sleep.
"Good morning." The Fly cheerily dropped a strawberry at my feet, "Eat up, it's going to be a big day."
"Where are we?" I stood to take a look at my surrounding. We appeared to be in a wood, trees and bushes surrounded us, we were settled in a little clearing, no more than a meter square. The trees were different than those in the Enchanted Forest and the air although warm was clearer and crisper than I was used to.
"England, Parnip Valley is just through there." He buzzed a few inches in front of us, then backed up and sat on a stone on the ground.
Parsnip Valley the place where the 2nd Great Age of Cats began it's downfall. "How long have I been asleep?"
"Oh just a few hours your time, about a month in The Time Consciousness."
"A month!" I took a step back.
"Yes," The Fly responded matter of fact he bent down munched on some mouldy leaf on the ground. Sometimes he really did take the biscuit.
"Now eat up, we've got to leave soon."
"Leave! Where we going?"
"To watch the battle."
"How can you be so calm?"
The Fly turned back to me. "David, I've seen this so many times that's why I can be so calm." He must have seen the look of horror on my face because there was one. He came closer to me and tried to give a reassuring smile.
"David, this happened. This always happened, always will happen,there's nothing you can do about that."
"But so many could die, so many are about to die. I don't want to go and see this, I don't!"
The Fly looked back at me blankly, licked his lips and began to speak.
"David, what is about to happen is new to you but happened hundreds of years ago for them. It's all ancient history and because of what happens, because of what you are about to see and take part in forged the future, their future, the future of all catkind, your own past and your own future. It's not something you can stop but it is something that you can help with. Didn't Purlean ask for your help? Well help her then!"
"But I don't understand." I really was so confused and was way past wishing I hadn't entered The Time Consciousness but I had and now events were calling for me.
"Nor will you, nor should you until you are called." The Fly put a hand on my shoulder. "Don't worry David all will become clear."
I looked at him, his hundred eyes smiled back. "Come on let's go, there's a big crowd waiting and," he laughed, "Time waits for no one."
"I've been waiting for you!" The voice was familiar and I opened my eyes. There right in front of me buzzing around was The Fly, grinning away.
What was going on? I was still in the air, I should have fallen by now and been enveloped by the sea but I wasn't, colour all around me.
"What's going on? And more to the point where have you been?" I looked at The Fly, angry and relieved both at once.
The Fly smiled back, "I told you I've been waiting for you." I could have swiped at him but I was glad not to be alone and also glad not to be floating around in the middle of the sea.
"You...!" I didn't know what to say to him.
He laughed back. "Oh come on David, how many times have I taken this tour, did you not think that I didn't see you'd be OK? You needed to take that part of the journey on your own but I've been watching over you the whole time, you needed to speak to Purlean and I don't think you would have done that if I was around."
"You mean you knew that was going to happen?"
"Well," he paused "Yes" Then giggled. He must have seen the look on my face. "Oh come on, I knew you'd be fine, I've seen you at the Parsnip Valley when I was on one of my other tours, and if you were there then you must have made it OK and as I said I've never been that far away from you."
"Where are we?" I looked around again, it was like the northern lights had descended upon us.
"Remember the magic that chased us through the forest?" I nodded, "Well we're right in the middle of it now, it's helping us get to where we need to be. Parsnip Valley, now get some sleep David, it's OK you'll be safe you are going to need your energy AND your wits about you when we get there!"
As annoyed at The Fly as I was I had a lot to process from my conversation with Purlean, and a lot to remember. And what did she mean by - one day you will remember and when you remember then you'll be free?
"You've been waiting for me?" The shock in my voice plain for anyone to pick up on.
Purlean nodded, "Yes," she smiled, "I've been watching you for a long time now."
I shook my head, something felt familiar in her words but I couldn't remember what.
Purlean pushed another piece of fish towards me, "It's no wonder little David, no wonder that you are confused."
"Huh?" I shrugged my shoulders.
"David-Shiro cat from the future, a witches familiar a decedent of mine, traveller of the Time Consciousness. Time travel in the way you have done it has it's consequences."
I was stunned. "How...?" I was stumped
"How do I know your name? How do I know your a Time Consciousness traveller? David-Shiro I'm a witches familiar, the first witches familiar." She smiled "Just the fact that you are here gives me great joy, it proves at least one of my darlings," she nodded over to her sleeping kittens."survives what is shortly to come."
Purlean's eyes twinkled, a tear glistened, happiness and sadness all at once.
"I know you know." Purlean brushed a piece of fish from my face as I hungrily snaffled another piece, I didn't realise how hungry I really was.
"I know what's to come and the terrible choice that's to be made." She paused, "The choice that is inevitable, the choice that two must make, you see it's the only way to stop her."
Purlean looked lovingly to a sleeping Ursa, snores vibrating the wood beneath her.
"Don't get me wrong I love my Ursa, she looked after me when no other would, when I was an outcast. But she can't be allowed to carry out her plan.I'm going to have to stop her and David-Shiro I always knew I wouldn't be alone in my task." She pointed at me;
"Do you think it's a coincidence that you are here now? Out of all the hundreds and scores of tours The Fly has taken that YOU are the one to find himself here on this raft with us now heading towards the final showdown with The Army of the Try Their Bests?"
I started at Purlean, my fore mother, a grandparents, grandparents, grandparents, grandparent. What generation from her I was I didn't know but we were linked, we shared DNA, we were both Witches Familiars.
"I guess not." I replied and Purlean smiled.
"The thing is darling David-Shiro you are a very special cat, a cat that has a special secret that even you don't know yet and it's because of your specialness that you are the only one that can help me."
I was surprised, yes I was a witches familiar but that's where I thought my specialness ended. "What do you mean I am special?"
Purlean smiled a smile of family love and took a deep breath she looked behind her. "Entering The Time Consciousness has it's consequences." She leaned "David, one day you will remember and when you remember then you'll be free!"
Her words seemed to freeze in my somewhere, my blood was ice rushing through my veins.
"But enough of that, that is for then. I'm going to need you help David, I can't tell you with what yet, to know would be dangerous, but the next day we meet I'm going to need your help. Will you help me?"
I nodded and Purlean smiled, her shoulders relaxed. "Thank you." She lent forward and gave me a kiss on my forehead.
I was feeling very confused and overwhelmed, here I was talking to Purlean the first witches familiar and he she was saying she needed my help, stuck on a raft in the middle of a sea hundreds of years before I was born without The Fly my guide agreeing to goodness only know's what.
"You trust me don't you David?" Purlean suddenly looked serious.
"Then David-Shiro you must jump off this raft and into the sea."
"What!" I quiet liked water I am forever playing out in it but to jump into the middle of the sea that was a different matter.
"You MUST jump into the sea David. You trust me don't you?"
I nodded again.
"Then trust me, jump into the sea you will be alright."
My eyes scanned the horizon looking to spot any shoreline, none could be seen. I looked back at Purlean.
"But we're so far from land."
Purlean nodded, "You trust me?"
I nodded again. Purlean stared back. I stood up and walked over towards the edge of the raft, looking into the dark night water, it seemed so deep. I looked back at Purlean to see if I could see anything in her eyes. I did trust her but this seemed madness, her eyes urged me on.
I squatted down a cat leaping position, if I was going in I wasn't going to enter cautiously, I was going to go for it. Down my back legs went, the adrenaline pumping in and up I bounced flying high in the air squeezing my eyes shut waiting for the impact and coldness of the water to wash over me
I'd been sitting downstairs in the quiet, River and the Daddymummy were still asleep upstairs. I was think about my daddies and wondering what they were up to, they've gone away for Daddy's birthday and we're being looked after by the Daddymummy, when I heard a tap on the window.
Looking down I spotted Theo looking back.
"Go on then," he said, "I'm ready to listen."
I was a little taken aback.
"Listen, what to?" I really hadn't joined the dots together, I guess it was still early on in the day.
"What you was telling me about Purlean, Mogsie and George have both been telling me I should listen to what you had to say before I make my mind up."
"But I should tell you I am very reluctant to get involved in any spooky stuff."
"I'm so glad and no pressure, you make your mind up whenever you feel is the right time for you. I didn't really want to either but my friend Greego needs my help and I can't do it on my own."
I thought things were a little different this morning,my Daddy who goes out very early was still in bed. I thought at first maybe it was Saturday then realised it wasn't then I thought maybe he'd slept through his alarm but no that couldn't be it my other daddy was downstairs.
Then I realised what was happening when I saw bag coming down the stairs,they're going away on holiday for a couple of days and the Daddymummy is coming to look after us because it's Daddy's birthday.
We'd all settled down to sleep when all of a sudden the night sky lite up bright burst of white streaks and a roar of thunder crashed down on us.
I had settled on the sofa but the surprise of it made me jump up onto my feet before I realised what was happening, we were having a storm. A big storm, the likes of which I've never seen before.
I could hear River pounding up and down upstairs and went to go up and see her but then thought no, she would be safe with our daddies looking after her so I decided to venture out.
Of course as usual the cat flap was locked, so I prised it open and ran out into the garden. the first drops of rain were beginning to fall but within seconds a torrent came down and I ran into the garage to watch it for a while as it pounded the ground.
After about 10 minutes it slowed down and I ventured back in to see how everyone was. I could still hear River running around and our daddies trying to sooth her, give up on that I thought with it being this loud there's no way she would settle.
All of a sudden crash of thunder, bright lightening strikes turned night briefly into day and the excitement became too much for me to take and out I ran again, running around and around the garden getting faster and faster, dodging this way and that. I love the rain, anything water related, apparently I'm like Evie in that respect.
I heard Daddy come downstairs with River, she wasn't going to settle and the best thing to do in such circumstances is let her do what she wants to , she won't listen to calming words, even though Daddy brought down the duvet for them both to cuddle up on.
The storm lasted hours and my adventures in and out lasted as long. Eventually River settled on the sofa with Daddy her panting subsiding as the storm did. I know she hated it but I had a great time although I'm tired out now, I've been up half the night and think I'll probably be asleep half the day now to catch up on myself. Wow!
I've been out searching all afternoon for Sofia but again no sign of her.
I guess it's not helped that it's been raining on and off most of the afternoon. You wouldn't know that Summer arrived yesterday, not if you measure the weather.
Not all cats are like me in their love of the rain, I suppose Sofia is one of those that hates it and has been keeping indoors. I suppose I should just chill out and wait for her to come back to me, patience isn't my strongest virtue.