Hayboy & Carmel

Hayboy - Hausser or earlier
Carmel_Hausser or earlier

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—————————————— 1.25.2015

Not sure exactly where this will go. Needs to be early enough to let reader understand the role of cats, but not so early that is ruins surprises.

It was April and Hayboy and Carmel left the barn and headed to the vineyard where the almond trees were in full bloom. They found the highest one and climbed half-way up to an old, unused squirrel nest.

Almond trees

Hayboy opened their side of an ancient connection between trees and the big and little cats that climbed them and tried to feel the hills and valleys of the trees’ most recent warning, its depth, contours, substance and texture.

At first Carmel didn’t try to use the cat-tree link, but growled her lowest growl, the one that meant she was ready to kill to protect her kittens, and hissed more fiercely than Hayboy had heard his mate growl since a wolf stuck its head into their barn.

“I feel a coming hatred and cruelty that tears much of the world apart,” Hayboy said.

The most inner circles of the trees began to hum in rhythm with the cats’ breath, letting them know Hayboy was on the right track with his intuition into the warning. The humming sped up and a wind blew the branches of the tree they were in, but no others, which in cat lore meant it was an eternal wind that played where it would, unbound by surrounding weather.

Those who felt it were said to be blessed for eternity.


About jeanlatzgriffin

Jean Latz Griffin is the owner of CyberINK, a small business that produces quirky skeleton-themed products. She has finished the first draft of a historical fantasy and received comments from her agent. She has turned to Orson Scott Card for tips on the second draft. She is author of "In the Same Breath," and "One Spirit: A Creation Story for the 21st Century." She has a certificate in creative writing from the University of Chicago's Writers Studio. Griffin is a member of the growing community of former Chicago Tribune reporters, enjoys Weekend Writing Warriors and the Story Studio in Chicago. Her Sheltie, Thunder, likes to "type" on her computer keys, and Dr Wu, a Weimaraner, likes to lick her ear when she is trying to think. Her husband passed in June of 2011. Her three fabulous grown sons live nearby. She plays violin in an amateur string orchestra.

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