The weather suddenly turned foul, the thunder thundered vigorously, the lightning flooded the sky and the rain poured down in buckets. I needed a refuge and I needed it fast. I saw the light on in this house and I sought admittance but no one answered. Fortunately, there was an entry point and so I took advantage, hoping no one would grudge shelter to a bedraggled stranger.
No one was home! That was surprising. I checked out the place, made myself comfortable and heaved a sigh of relief. There was food on the kitchen counter top too. What a welcome! But it did not last too long.
After a couple of hours, I heard a key turn in the lock and light footsteps enter. It was a woman carrying a shopping bag and she sang as she entered. Happy company, I thought and sat up to say hello. She took one look and yelled, ‘Get out of my house you varmint!’ and she set to with a will, banging about and screaming till I cowered in fear. I managed to find a roomy cupboard and concealed myself there but apparently she had seen me enter. The next thing I knew was that I had been locked in and there I remained for the night and the best part of the next day. You can imagine my plight. When would I see daylight again?
I must have fallen asleep because the next thing I heard was the voices. A man and that woman talking. The woman was explaining in shrill staccato and the man seemed to be in vociferous agreement. Then, the cupboard door swung open and my place of concealment was flooded with light. The man had a thick stick in his hand and looked dangerous. Was my life in jeopardy? It was ‘do or die’. I leapt past the man; the element of surprise was on my side. He chased me around the room but I was quicker and, seeing an open window, I jumped out as fast as I could without a thought to the consequences. Oh, the joy of being free and out in the open again.
Whatever happened to ‘shelter the homeless’ and ‘feed the hungry’? Is charity so very dead?
Take my word for it, it’s certainly no fun being a rat (especially if you land up in Wendy’s home)!!