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Catnapped

Demeter's ears twitched. She sensed.....something. Someone padded up beside her quietly, making her hiss and jump back, putting herself on guard.
But it was only Munkustrap, and Demeter's guard went down.
"Seen Tugger?" he asked, in that husky voice she loved. Of course she had never told him....
"No. Seen Bomba?" She was worried, ever since her sister had disappeared she had feared for her.
But now as she sat, her head cocked to the side, she suddenly imagined where Tugger and Bomba were....together!?!

~*~

In fact, Demeter couldn't have been more wrong. Bomba and Tugger were not together. Bomba was sitting in her nest, the one she shared with Demeter. She was tired, her eyes were drooping, but she just could NOT sleep.
Her mind raced tonight, with thoughts of Mungojerrie, and Rumpleteazer, and poor Demeter, and Etcetera....and Munkustrap....and Tugger..... She sighed and curled up, willing herself to sleep.

~*~

Tugger was in the other corner of the junkyard. He counted the cats of the junkyard, much as humans do sheep....it was a efficient relief to sleep at last, he thought, from the pressure of todays Ball.....

~*~

It was the crash that woke Tugger; that made Etcetera and Rumpleteazer break from their thoughts in their hug; that stopped Munkustrap and Demeter's thoughts of the other.
And meanwhile, Mungojerrie felt awful.

~*~

Bomba opened her eyes. She remembered sleep overcoming her at last. It was early morning, judging by the light spilling in from the roof of the makeshift nest. Bomba would have normally been up at this time, but she was so tired she only wanted to sleep.
She looked around, yawned, and curled back up.

~*~

Dem padded in the direction of the noise. Her keen senses told her something was wrong. Munk followed behind her.....his eyes drawn to the scene ahead of him. Demeter gasped, and began to run, her paws pattering on the ground. The other cats [Rumple, Etc, and Tugger] who had heard the noise, came up to the scene too. They all looked at one another in shock and horror.

Bombalurina and Demeter's nest had been destroyed.

Demeter started to pace backwards away from the scene. Her mouth opened to show her teeth as she positively snarled at the foul stench. She knew Macavity when she smelled him....

~*~

Bomba woke again. She sniffed. There was a funny smell. She wasnt sure if that was what had woken her. Maybe it was because she had been dreaming of Tugger. Her dreams always seemed to end right at the crucial point when she dreamed of him....
She stretched. "What a nice fluffy blanket," she thought. "It must be something Demeter found in the yard earlier...typical of her not to say anything...." She scratched the blanket, fluffing it, and it yowled.

"Sorry," Bombalurina said to the blanket, and laid down. Then her ears pricked. One second. Blankets don't yowl.....

She jumped off the 'blanket' and a familiar figure rose. Bomba clapped her hands over her mouth, and screamed.
"You got me tail," said the common rasping voice she knew too well. "Revenge was sweet was it?"
"Macavity, you know I didn't...."
"Shut up!" The ginger tom hissed at her.
Bomba cowered.

~*~

Demeter was still smelling the air around the nest. The other Jellicles, discussing what to do, didn't see her wandering off. Well, all except Tugger. He watched Dem disappear, and then set off steathily after her.

~*~

Demeter started to wander, like something was dragging her. Maybe it was the smell. It was strong enough to lift a human up and carry it with no problem! Still, she followed her nose, but after a while her keen senses were torn between turning round and going back the way she had come, and carrying on to help her sister. But when she looked back, she hardly remembered where she came from. So Demeter, a little scared, was forced to carry on trotting forward.

~*~

Tugger peeked out from behind the bush nearby. He'd scrambled behind it none too easily when Demeter had been looking round behind her just now. His collar caught on the thorns on the bush and he realised, when he stepped out again into the light, that it had been a rose bush, now somewhat ruined, and that he had thorns and petals all over him.

Correction. Thorns and PINK petals.

Tugger hastily brushed himself down, and looked round to make sure no one had seen him. Not even Demeter.

Tugger realised with a start, that he was lost.

~*~

"Damn you, Bomba! How dare you even try to play the pitiful queen act with me! ME! The power of evil!" Macavity stormed.
"Mac, calm down, please, I told you..." Bomba tried to pacify the huge red tom, but it was no good. He simply interrupted her.
"How many times must we go THROUGH this? My name, Bomba, darling! IS MACAVITY!!!" Macavity, completely angered, raged at her.

"Macavity...listen..."
"NO. YOU LISTEN! I'M FED UP WITH YOU, FLIRTING WITH ALL THE OTHER TOMS, NEVER PAYING ATTENTION TO ME! ITS MY TURN BOMBALURINA!" Macavity leapt towards the frightened queen and grabbed her arms.
"MAC! You're hurting.....me!" Bomba choked out as he squeezed her arms in his strong paws.

~*~

Something hurled itself towards the entrance to the lair where Bomba and Macavity were. Two figures followed in it's wake. Then, after a while, another figure passed in the shadows, and disappeared inside too.
Only one figure belonged to the shadows. And it stayed there in the dark, watching, wondering what to do.

~*~

"What the...?" Macavity was taken aback when the something hurled itself at him. The force was so intense Bombalurina flew to the side of the lair, and the creature was able to pin Macavity to the floor.
Then in the half light that was streaming in the lair's entrance, they both saw who it was.

~*~

"Munkustrap, I'm scared!" Etcetera whined behind him. She wondered where 'Mommy' Rumpleteazer was. She'd disappeared.
"It's okay Etcy," Munkustrap soothed. We'll just go inside, and rescue Bomba...and...." he peered into the lair, ".....and...." He stopped, staring at the scene inside the lair.
Etcetera noticed him stop, and curiousity got the better of her. She peeped inside, and as she did so, Tugger came up behind them, and made her jump.
"What's happenin'? He asked in a gruff voice.
"Tugger..."Munkustrap pointed inside the lair.
Tugger's jaw nearly dropped when he saw the queen pinning Macavity to the ground.

~*~

Rumpleteazer was in the bushes outside the lair. She'd known it was Macavity from the moment Demeter wandered off alone. She didnt dare go any nearer than this, she didn't want Macavity to see her.
So she sat there for a full ten minutes, alone, on her haunches, wondering what to do and who to ask......then it hit her with what to do! She hoped she could find who she needed. She turned from the bushes and fled, scurrying back to the Jellicle junkyard.

~*~

Demeter could hardly believe his NERVE! Trying to take advantage of her sister like that. After all, hadn't he promised her, "....trust me Demeter, I'll never hurt you, I'll be loyal...."
And now she'd caught him! And as she pinned him to the ground, she was the powerful one. She wasnt aware of the other cats. Just the unfaithfulness of Macavity.

~*~

Rumpleteazer, meanwhile, had reached the entrance of the junkyard, and was running slowly, trying to spot the cat she needed most tonight. She hoped he would be there, maybe he had moved on to tackle Pollicles in his present mood.....
Then suddenly, she spotted him. Breathing a sigh of relief, she hurried over to stop him.

~*~

"Get the hell ouffa me!" Macavity snarled at Demeter, raising himself (with difficulty) up a bit, and managing to fling the young queen off him.,br> Munkustrap snarled at him, and left Etcetera on the floor with Tugger for protection. No one treated Demeter that way!
Demeter lay on the floor stunned, and Bomba came over to comfort her with a few licks and a cuddle.
They all watched as Macavity and Munkustrap started fighting, Munkustrap taking the lead, and whacking Macavity across the jaw.

~*~

Rumpleteazer was in the alley alongside the sewing and material shop downtown. She never really came here, but it was where the bins were kept, and she needed some vital stuff for tonight's escapade.
She found some thread, and a needle, tangled in with some elastic in the bin. She didnt see any scissors, but there was an old broken bottle nearby, so she took that to the thread, and freed the needle and thread she needed.
She couldnt find any material she needed, so a little breaking and entering was deemed essential.
Her companion sat in the alleyway entrance, the shadows of the night defining and outlining his dark features. He watched as Rumpleteazer picked up the bottle, and threw it at the shop's window.

A shattering of glass was heard, and Rumpleteazer held her paws to her face to prevent getting any glass in her face. Then she jumped onto the windowsill, and leapt inside. She grabbed the black shiny material she needed, and jumped back out as the police cars started up the road in the distance. Then she and her accomplice dashed off into the night.

~*~

Meanwhile Tugger nuzzled Bomba comfortingly, having left a scared Demeter holding an equally scared Etcetera.
"Bomba, you okay sweetie?" He asked the red queen affectionately.
"Tugger..." Bomba felt relief flood her body, and she snuggled into him for protection. She nuzzled him back, ending with a friendly lick on the nose.
"Hey, watch it." Tugger teased. "Got my rep to mantain!" But he licked her back. Bomba's insides melted like butter.....

Tugger was about to contemplate picking Bomba up and making off into the night, when an earth shattering yowl pierced the night. Something flung itself through the lair's entrance, and aimed itself at Macavity. Munkustrap fell back and caught himself steadily, as the black creature jumped on Macavity and pinned him to the ground.
The initial response from the cats was to look round to see where Demeter was, just in case it was her again. But of course, she was still on the floor with Etcetera....
Munkustrap waited until the newcomer got the situation under control, and then he and Tugger helped him tie Macavity up.

~*~

Rumpleteazer slipped in without a word. She sat next to Etcetera, who most unfortunately saw her and gasped too loudly, "MOMMY!"
Macavity's ears pricked up, and he looked across to see Teazer holding Etcetera in her arms. "RUMPLETEAZER?!?!?!?!?!" He bellowed, and got a box on the ears from Tugger for his trouble.

"Leave her alone Macavity." Munkustrap ordered.
"Yeah!" Etcetera piped up. "She's my mommy, so ya just 'eave 'er alone!"
It was funny to hear Etcetera speak the words in such a accent, but obviously Macavity found it absolutely hysterical.

He roared with laughter, and the toms around him, not to mention the queens, stared in astonishment at him.
"What, you dont think it funny that we have two mommies here?" He mocked Etcetera.
"Two mommies?" Etcetera got curious.
"What? Dont tell me you didn't know." Macavity looked pointedly across the yard to the queens....

~*~

Bomba gulped. "Oh no...he's going to tell them...."
"So Bomba, sweetie. Something you never mentioned." Macavity shook his head disapprovingly.
"Like?" Bomba asked, her voice shaking.
"Oh I think you know Bomba. Tell them what happened between you and me..."
"I....I...." Bomba stuttered.
Demeter looked up. "You went with HIM Bomba?"
"Yeah....I mean, no....it was a long time ago..." Bomba threw up her hands.
"What?" Demeter was visibly enraged.
"Don't get mad at me Dem...."
"Not get mad?" Demeter snapped.
Macavity was grinning. "You mean you two keep secrets from each other?" He looked at Bomba. "Surely you knew about me and Demeter my dear?"
"Dont you 'my dear' me!" Bomba hissed. Then it struck her. "You....and....Dem?" She whispered.
Macavity laughed. "Sure....!"
"BUT MAC!"
"What Bomba, sweetie...surely you have nothing against it..."
"But Mac, she's....she's..."
"Young? Intelligent? Beautiful? I know..." Macavity winked at Demeter.
"SHE'S YOUR DAUGHTER!" Bomba burst out, pointing at Demeter . "THE ONE NIGHT WE WERE TOGETHER, WE MADE HER!!!!!"

"WWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTT????????????!!!!!!!!!?????????" Macavity positively yowled, as if he was being attacked by several thousand Pollicle dogs.....

~*~

Demeter fled the lair. The minute the words were spoken by Bomba, she knew she didn't want to know any more

"Bomba's your mother," the voices chanted inside her head. "Macavity's your father," they taunted. Demeter hid where she hoped no one would find her, but the voices found her and continued.

~*~

Tugger and Etcetera left the cave with Bomba, looking for Demeter. Munkustrap stayed behind to box Macavity's ears. He would have done more but he didn't want to with Rumpleteazer there. She was still a queen and he didn't really want to show her violence too much.

The other black creature took a swipe at Macavity for good measure, and in the half light Munkustrap and Macavity both managed to make out the 'R' on the front of th bodysuit that the creature was wearing.
"The Rumpus Cat!" Munkustrap thought happily. Of all the cats, he had come to help!
Oh no! He's gonna get me like he gets 'em Pollicles!" Macavity was thinking to himself. He looked around for a escape but there was none.
Munkustrap left soon after, happy to leave the villain in the clutches of the Rumpus Cat.

~*~

Rumpleteazer grinned at the cowering Macavity. She loved this! Getting her own back over what he'd made 'Jerrie do all those times.
"So Macavity. Not so b'ave and leerin' now're we?" She laughed at him. She untied his bonds. "Better 'eave now. Otherwise Mister 'Umpus Cat might spoil your tatty fur!"
The Rumpus Cat swiped at Macavity, and he wailed in terror, and fled the lair.

"'Ow do we do it 'uh?" Rumpleteazer said to the Rumpus Cat. "He was properly scared of ya!"
"O' I know!" laughed the Rumpus Cat, and removed his headwear and mask.
"Say 'Teazer, we make a great 'eam!"
"I'll say," Teazer said with a laugh, and helped the Rumpus Cat remove his makeshift costume. "And you make a great Rumpus Cat!"
The calico cat laughed too. "'Teazer. O'm really sorry 'bout all t'e fuss over Etcy 'n' 'Lonzo 'n' all t'at....forgive ma? I 'ate myself for w'at I said, and 'ow I acted. 'N' I lioke Bomb, but I only 'id it ta make you jea'ous 'n' I 'as 'onely...."
Teazer laughed at Jerrie.
(Author: Yes folks, it was Jerrie dressed up as Rumpus, in case you hadn't realised!)
"Yeah Jerrie. I'll forgive you. On one 'ondition. Let's 'ring up 'ickle 'Cettie as our own, 'kay?"
"But won't others ask?" Jerrie said, worried.
"I dont care. And if they do, I'll tell them the truth. That's what I should have done in the first place." Teazer hugged Jerrie.
"Maybe if it goes well, maybe we could give her a brother or sister in the future?" She winked, and Jerrie laughed.


Part Three - Demeter's Loves & Losses