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Cat and Mouse
by Charlie Britten

When Emily spotted a mouse in the kitchen cupboard, she called for Tigger. He hovered, shaking his hind leg free when it adhered momentarily to a patch of spilt treacle. Lowering his sharp triangular face, he sniffed the brown ring where the soy sauce bottle used to stand, some months ago before Emily ran out and forgot to buy more.

His fur rose, like a soft porcupine. His tail swished against the cereal packets. He hissed.

Emily waited.

But Tigger’s head retracted into his neck as he scuttled out backwards, callus pads clattering on the mdf. He turned to Emily, his whiskery forehead clenched into a frown which seemed to say, “I’m not staying in there with THAT THING.”