[Canoga Park, California 2003]: I was on my way to check the mail when I ran into my downstairs neighbor. We chatted for a minute about work and family and then she mentioned in passing that she had just adopted two cats from the animal shelter and claimed they were really sick so she was going to take them back. Having had experience with cats I offered to take a look not wanting the poor things to have to go back to the shelter. She said sure and I went to her apartment.
When I got there they were hiding in her bedroom. Sienna came right out and it was love at first sight for me – I knew I was going to take her home. Hunter was under the bed and looked about as scared as any creature I’d ever seen. So I laid on the floor and started talking to him to try and coax him out. He finally came out but it was clear he was not at all comfortable and going back under the bed was definitely an option. It was also clear that the two of them had a special bond. I couldn’t in good conscious break them up so I told my neighbor I would take both. I packed them both up in a cat carrier and returned home.
Postscript: I never did get the mail that day and I never figured out what my neighbor was talking about – neither cat was sick and a trip to the vet confirmed that. As most of you are aware, I just recently lost Hunter but Sienna is still with me and going strong 10 years later! I have another cat -Samantha- who I will be introducing you to next Monday. :-D
Part of the Woven Dreams Weekly Prompt. This weeks prompt: serendipity