Cole the black cat strode into his friend Tiger’s backyard, intending to pay a visit to the young orange tabby cat. As he rounded the corner of the house and entered the back yard, he paused in surprise at the sight that greeted him.
Tiger was striding across the yard with a walnut held in his mouth. Cole watched him climb one of the trees and drop the nut into a small hole in the trunk near the lower branches. Cole heard the nut hit what sounded like a pile of more nuts. Then Tiger jumped back to the ground and headed towards the back door, where there was a cat door.
Tiger’s behavior was strange, yes, but what Cole found strangest of all was that Tiger was wearing a squirrel costume.
As Tiger drew near, Cole called out to him. “Tiger!” he said.
Tiger paused before going through the cat door. “Oh, hi, Cole!” he said brightly.
“What are you doing, Tiger?” Cole asked.
“Well, you know how they say that to catch the prey, you should become the prey?”
“Yeah,” Cole replied hesitantly.
“Well, there’s this one pesky squirrel I’ve been having trouble catching, so I thought I’d give becoming the prey a shot.”
“Well, I’ve been taking nuts up the tree and storing them, like squirrels do.”
“And the costume?”
“It’s to help me get into character. I borrowed it from the miniature poodle across the street.”
“She actually let you have it?”
“Well, she’s not too crazy about it. But you know, she seemed a little too eager to let me have it after I explained what I wanted it for. She even laughed as I left with it.”
Cole sighed. “I can tell you why, Tiger.”
“Yes. You’re nuts! This is not what the saying means!”
“No. And I bet that poodle has been laughing her head off at you this whole time. And probably that squirrel you’ve been after has been watching and laughing, too.”
“So you’re saying I’ve been embarrassing myself all afternoon?”
“Nuts!” Tiger spat in irritation before sitting down with a huff. His tail twitched briskly.
Cole walked up to his friend. “Let’s get that costume off you,” he suggested. “Then I’ll help you come up with a better plan to catch that squirrel. Okay?”
This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “nuts”: