Finally Settling In.
So, like I said, I had a giant cat right behind me and it was preparing to pounce!
It growled again and this time I didn’t take a chance! Without even thinking I leaped from the ground and dashed for cover, still holding my purse and journal!
I was zooming over the empty countryside when an unexpected, yellowish blur streaked past me! It took me only seconds to realize the cheetah was going so fast it had passed me! And I lost no time! I darted for the nearest tree and climbed it! Up I went, without stopping.
Hand over hand I sped up the tree. It was easy for I had climbed many trees in my life! I was looking down at the ground, watching for the cheetah, when I heard a sound above me! I zipped my head up and starred face to face with a boy about my age.
“Oh?!” I stammered. I was holding my diary in my mouth so I could climb and knew I looked ridiculous!
“What’s after you?” He exclaimed, though I thought I saw a twinkle of laughter in his eyes!
Was he laughing at me?
I pulled myself up on a branch and yanked my journal out of my mouth.
“A giant cat.” I announced royally.
“Hmmm. Yep, I’ve seen that one before! She’s feisty!” He nodded.
“I’ll say.” I groaned, “Did she chase you up here too?”
Dumb question! He’d have probably just shot her or something, isn’t that what hillbillys do? Of course it wasn’t really a true hillbilly town. It was a seaside town, but still . . .
“No.” He stated, “But look, she’s coming back.”
She was coming back. The lanky cat trotted over and sat down at the bottom of the tree.
“She can’t climb trees can she!?” I cried, suddenly shaking with fright!
“No!” He laughed, “Now if she was a leopard, yes, but she’s not.”
“Wheee.” I breathed a sigh of relief and looked at the boy.
“So know what do we do?”
He seemed to be contemplating that.
“I suppose just stay here till she leaves.”
I groaned and pictured the long hours ahead of us. We might starve, or lose our grips and fall to our deaths, or . . .
“Hey, did you here me?”
I was yanked back to reality.
“What’s your name?”
“Oh, I’m Emily, who are you?”
“I’m Davyn, and I live down there a ways.” He pointed down the road.
“Ok, I live where carven, or carterac, where some ‘c’ street meets main street!”
He laughed, “Probably Craven street. I heard there was a house for sale there.”
See! In a tiny town everyone knows everything!
“Yah.” I nodded. “Anyway, I obviously don’t know where I am.”
He laughed again and I got the feeling he thought me quite funny, but it wasn’t totally a bad funny.
“Here.” He answered reaching up and grabbing a brown backpack from where it had been sitting on the tree. “There are only like 11 streets in Bath anyway, I’ll draw you a map and you can memorize them. It’ll take like five minutes to know them all!”
He grabbed a notebook, opened it, and began drawing.
“There!” He stated at last and gave me the map.
“We’re right here.” Davyn pointed to a dead end road going way out of town. “And you live over here.” He pointed to a Craven street, a road on the opposite end of the map!
“Nice.” I groaned,
“Yah.” He laughed, “You ought to start for home.”
“But what about the cheetah?” I noted.
“Ah, I’ll go with you and protect you!”
Suddenly he sounded like my brother!
“What are you going to do?” I wondered skeptically.
He just laughed.
“Ami!” He called and started climbing down the tree. The cheetah that had been lying down looked up. Davyn hopped onto the ground and announced, “Sit.”
The cheetah got up and sat!
“Go home.” He announced.
Finally the cheetah got up and headed off towards town.
“See!” Davyn called up the tree, “You’ll be fine!”
“Seriously!” I exclaimed, suddenly annoyed. “You knew all along!”
“Yes!” He seemed quite pleased.
“Davyn!” I started down the tree, moving fast, and he took that as the signal to run!
I charged after him hollering,
“You should no better than to scare people and force them to stay in trees!”
He laughed and yelled back, “I didn’t scare you, Ami did! And I didn’t force you to stay there either!,”
“Right! You just made me think she was mean and scared me!”
I’d have never caught him if Ami hadn’t streaked out of nowhere and jumped right on top of him! She held him down easily for she was a big enough cat to keep him busy!
“Good girl, Ami!” I screamed as I charged up to my helpless victim. He was suddenly looking more repentant!
“So, what do you have to say now!?” I grinned teasingly.
“Sorry.” He sputtered grudgingly, “Now helped me get Ami off. She’s being a pain!”
“Just a second!” He had caught me in a tree with this cat now I could catch him back. “How is the best way to punish you?”
“Punish me! Why?” He batted back at Ami who was playfully swatting at him and keeping him down.
“You made me believe Ami was dangerous and scary!”
“I was joking! You seemed like someone who could take a joke!”
“Yah.” I nodded, “I do have a brother!”
“Of course you were right.” I agreed, “But most people who take jokes can give them!”
“Fine.” He sighed, still trying to push Ami away. “I surrender.”
“Ahhh.” I grinned, “To what do you surrender?”
“Um, I was annoying.”
“Yah, and I’m being annoying back. We’re even!”
“Great, but will you get this cat of me!?”
“Sure!” I wrapped my arms around Ami and dragged her off. She sat when I told her to and eyed us both with an air of great dignity!
“Whee!” He jumped up and brushed himself off. “Thank goodness!”
“Here,” He held out his hand, “sorry for tricking you.”
“Sorry for letting that cat pin you down.” I shook his hand.
“Besides,” He added, “I did give you a map, and show you where you are, and. . . “
“OK ok! Maybe Ami should’ve held you down longer!” I laughed.
“Maybe.” He grinned, “But you must admit I helped you. I admitted I was a pain!”
“Ok, you helped me.”
“Good.” He smiled, “But know let’s get Ami home!”
“Yah.” I noted, “Who owns her.”
“Oh, yes.” He replied, “Ami’s owner is a girl named Abelle.”
“Abelle!” I laughed, “I should’ve known!”
“You’ve met her?” He chuckled, “Then yes, you should’ve known!”
“I think,” I decided, “that she’ll be a good friend.
“Yah, she is. I know her cause we go to the same school, same church, and we both love animals.”
“Well,” I thought for a moment, “I think you can be my friend.”
“Don’t worry, I only scare strangers, well most of the time anyway.”
“Right!” I laughed, “But with friends that have pet cheetahs and scare you into finding refuge in trees, I might just be in for it!”
“You might.” Davyn grinned.
“But!” I announced, “I can handle it!”
“We’ll see.” He decided, “Only time will tell if you can withstand this place!”
“Don’t worry! I eat adventure for breakfast!”
And so, the third thing that made this place really sink in: The Adventures!
So, here I am, in Bath, the wonderful town with wonderful people and wonderful adventures! Sure it’s crazy, swampy, humid, and a little different, but then again, what is life without a little craziness?
(or a lot of craziness!)
But really, maybe this place won’t be so bad after all!
In fact I think it’s going to be pretty fun!
For another adventure of Emily’s check out this post!