As some may be aware, but many not, Chester, my faithful writing assistant, mice catcher, and general pain in the neck, passed away some months ago.
Recently I was running a series based on his adventures, under the title of Past Conversations with my cat.
For those who have not had the chance to read about all of his exploits I will run the series again from Episode 1
These are the memories of our time together…
This is Chester. We’re getting by during the ‘stay at home’ order.
I’m doing just that, though it sometimes feels like I’m in jail, on the inside looking out.
“Now you know how I feel”, Chester tells me, after jumping up on the window ledge to look out the window, trying to see what had caught my interest.
I don’t tell him I’m basically staring into space.
Except, a car passes, not fast, not slow, but much like the rest of the traffic that passes by. Or used to. With the order to stay at home, and the fact schools are not open, there have been fewer and fewer cars passing by.
“Didn’t that car…” Chester mutters.
He’s right. The same car just went back the other way. Slow, but not too slow.
“Perhaps’s he’s looking for a house, a particular address.”
We watch and wait.
Five minutes later the car has returned and stops outside my window. A man gets out the passenger side, says something to the driver, then closes the door. He starts walking back up the street from where the car had just come.
The car drives off, then a minute later is back, and parks on the other side of the road. We can see the driver. Not the sort of person you’d want to need on a dark night. Tattoos on his arm, and smoking a cigarette, negligently stopping ask on the road below his window.
“He’s watching,” Chester says.
“He’s a lookout?”
We’re both thinking the same. A crime is being committed. They’ve scoped the street for an unattended house, a rarity for obvious reasons, though these days robbers rob the house while you’re still in it.
We wait. Three minutes later the other man comes running very quickly to the car, jumps in and they drive off very quickly before the man had closed the door.
Seconds later another man appears with a baseball bat in his hand.
“Close call,” Chester says, interest now waning. He jumps down. “Pity they didn’t catch the robber.”
Perhaps. But one thing is for sure, those robbers will not be back.
Diversion over, back to boredom. Chester has gone back to one of his hiding spots. I’m going to do another crossword.
Six months is going to be a long, long, long, long time.