It was the dark time and all was quiet. Both my 'The Him' and 'The Her' were in their sleeping place and despite the strange and loud noises issuing from 'The Him' I had taken my usual position under the covers with my 'The Her' and was resting nicely. It had been a long light time and I had walked through the village to check all was well with young Thomas, Smokie, Gizmo and Tiger. All had been well but the heat from above had tired me.
A sound disturbed me and I wriggled, no I eased my way out of the covers to see what was amiss.
I could see the clearway from my spot and it was opening. It was opening carefully and quietly but I could with my superior ears still hear it. Then I heard a quick sound, the strange sound longlegs make when they are happy or hear something funny. The little hiccuping sound they make. I shot off the sleeping place and launched myself through the clearway. I would stop the intruders and save my longlegs from harm.
As I landed on the front of an invading longlegs there was a scream. It pierced my ears so I knew it was a she I had caught. My claws gripping she turned and ran. It was hard to release myself before she reached the gate, but I did and fell, no sprang to the ground. Turning, I ran back to the house where a light had now appeared. There in the clearway was my 'The Him' holding another invader. Ha, he shared my courage. But what was this? He was hugging her and her eyes were leaking as she whimpered. Then I saw properly and it was his kitten. Well at least I had chased off the real invader.
There was a shout, “Fiona !” then the kitten left my 'The Him' and walked towards the gate calling that same sound. Soon another she appeared with water leaking and a whimper. They hugged. There is far too much of this and it's not coming in my direction. That has to be wrong.
All the longlegs went inside and I had to run to get in before the clearway was shut. As 'The Him' seemed happy that the kittens were there I decided to go back to rest but their hiccups kept me awake for a long time. Finally the kittens went to a resting place in another room and 'The him' went back to his own. They were safe in the knowledge that they were protected by this guard cat and I knew I had done my duty in protecting my longlegs.