*Spoiler alert!* This is a serial - don't jump into the middle! Part I is here.
A noise. It could have been the house itself.
It had its repertoire of clunks, and creaks.
In winter I'd hear things fall off the shelf,
From radiators hammering for weeks.
A noise... I looked outside. But nothing new.
Except the grass was covered now, with snow.
The neighbor's cat had left a print or two.
I knew she didn't have a place to go,
And so I went to let her in the door.
A noise -- and now my hair stood up on end.
I had a sense I'd heard this sound before...
When I was small. And I could play pretend.
Meanwhile, the cat was purring at my feet.
I went to get her something she could eat.
- End of Part III -
Go to Part IV.