It was late on a rainy fall afternoon; the sun was setting, and Banana was restless. Today was Halloween--one of Banana's favorite holidays. She loved greeting the kids that came to the door, dressed in their funny costumes. She loved watching Cheese as he hid under the bed, because that meant she would get all the head pats from the kids. And she really, really loved sneaking out to the Cat Halloween party that was held after the people had gone to bed.
Banana decided to roam the house, carefully inspecting the floor of each room for toys, but found only dust bunnies.As she turned the corner into the living room, she noticed a movement in the window. Glancing up, she saw...a white cat peering back at her.
"Hey!" she shouted. "Hey!"
"What?!" he sleepily demanded.
"Look!" Banana pointed. "That white cat...at the window...she's looking at us! I think she wants to play!"
Cheese looked, stretched, looked again.
"What cat? Where?"
"THERE!" Now Banana looked toward the window.......
"That cat was there, I know she was."
"Uh huh," Cheese ducked back behind the chair and turned around so he was facing the wall. He just knew it was going to be one of those evenings, when Banana was restless and he was not going to get a good nap. AND, it was Halloween, which meant...shudder....visitors!
"Hmph....I did see that cat....I did...she was looking at me....." Banana muttered as she trudged toward the kitchen. "Looking at me with one blue eye and...one green eye?" Banana shook her head. "No! That's silly. I've never seen another cat with one blue eye and one green eye." Banana burped. "Maybe....my lunches didn't agree with me....Maybe....the cat...wasn't real?"
Banana sat down by the food dish, thinking. She reached down for a piece of kibble, and chewed and thought some more.
Before long, the kibble was gone and Banana was sleepy. It was dreary outside, but the porch was dry and she thought maybe the fresh air would help improve her mood. And, there was that one chair that was a lovely napping spot...
Banana slept for 58 minutes, and when she woke up, she felt much better. She was surprised to see that evening was settling in and the moon coming up was full and bright.
Banana wondered what she should do until the people came home. She had already looked for her toys, which were probably hiding from her. She had already eaten.
Maybe there was a squirrel or two out by the feeder that needed chasing?
As she looked around the yard, thinking her deep thoughts, she spotted something on the fence. That cat! That white cat!
"HEY!!!!" She heard Cheese yell, "Where's all the food?? BANANA!!!!"
Cheese was so angry, he ran out onto the porch and right into Banana.
"What's your name?" Banana turned back to the other cat on the fence.
Banana blinked. She blinked again.
"Who ARE you talking to?" Cheese looked over at the fence, because that's what Banana was looking at too, and if there was a squirrel up there, he wanted to be the first out the cat door.
When Cheese looked back at Banana, he noticed she was shaking.
"I did. I did see a cat up on that fence. A white cat, Banana murmured. "Not a ghost. Not a ghost. Not a ghost." Banana was staring at the fence with a strange look on her face.
Cheese waived a paw in front of Banana's face. She didn't blink.
All of a sudden, Banana jumped up and ran into the house. When Cheese found her a few minutes later, she was covered in dust bunnies.
"A ghost. A ghost. I saw a ghost." Banana said, looking wildly in all directions. "Is she here? Inside?"
"Calm down, Banana." Cheese stroked her head. "Tell me exactly what you saw."
"I. Saw. A. Ghost." Banana yelled. "She was all white. All white. You couldn't see her. She had one blue eye and one green eye...."
"Hmmmmm...." Cheese was listening, stroking Banana, and trying not to laugh at Banana being so scared. "Hmmmm....a ghost...one blue eye...hmmm...and....what? One green eye?" Cheese couldn't help it, he started to laugh.
"Don't laugh at me! I'm scared of that ghost!" Banana squeaked.
"Ghost? That's no ghost!" Cheese rolled on to his back, and tried to stop laughing long enough to explain. "That's my friend, Peanut! She comes to visit me. Let's go look." Cheese pushed Banana out from under the bed and down the hall.
Sure enough, there was Peanut, looking through the front window.
"Banana, meet Peanut. Peanut, this is Banana." Cheese said with one last giggle.