I’m on the wheel in the cage and I’m spinning. Then I’m off to the bottle for a drink and a dig and a nibble on some poo, then back to the wheel before I see the man and have a gnaw at the bars of my cage and a scratch to make my message clear.
He lets me out, pops the lock, and the whole cage does a metallic shudder, and I’m out and onto the carpet, the vast carpet, and scurrying over here and there, the soft pile gorgeous on my claws.
I head to the skirting board and skate around it then over to the door for a scratch and a nibble. Then I see an opening, a perfect opening, and hurry to it, but it suddenly disappears when the man moves, so I turn and go the other way, and through a little gap which leads to a place with a cold floor, which is kind of nice and kind of noisy.
My claws scratch on it, but I hear the man following me so I think, let’s get away, let’s hide, let’s never go back to that bottle and wheel again.
So I don’t. I find another hole and go through it and suddenly it’s dark, unbelievably dark, and I don’t know where I am, so I keep on moving, hoping it’ll get light soon enough, but it doesn’t, and the only thing I can hear is water and hissing and the odd creak and shuffle of something, at least for a while, until I hear a banging, which must be the man.
I head towards it, and scratch against the dark wall exactly where the sound is coming from, but it’s no use because he can’t get through and I can’t get out. So I wait and think, I’m hungry, and I remember the cage and the bottle and begin to think that maybe, maybe that was better than this dark tunnel.
But it’s too late, way too late, and I don’t know how to retrace my steps, and anyway, I’m free, I’m out, so I lie down, curl up, feel the fuzz beneath me and the grit and think at least I did something, something, at least I did something, even if I die here, at least I did something.
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