Henry Could See the Light, #99-Word Story

The Carrot Ranch October 17, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that references “I see the light in you.” You can use the phrase or demonstrate it in a story. Who is shining and why? Who is observing or reacting? What is the setting? Go where the prompt leads! Submit by October 22, 2022.

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Henry the cat, lived at the nursing home for over two years. He was a typical tabby cat, adored by the patients.

The first thing I noticed about him was his connection to those who would soon pass. The cat had the uncanny ability to see the light in people. Somehow, he noticed the shadows of death gathering, as if their life-light dimmed in intensity.

The next thing I noticed was that Henry stayed with his patient, offering comfort with a cuddle and a purr, keeping vigil at their bedside.

Today, Henry curled up beside me. I felt peace.

© Colleen M. Chesebro

30 thoughts on “Henry Could See the Light, #99-Word Story”

  1. Beautiful Colleen… One I relate too as my cat cuddles and gives me his own healing vibes through his vibration of his purrrrs…. Our animals are great healing companions..
    Sending love and hugs my friend.. ❤ ❤

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    1. Yes. I based this story off of a cat named Oscar. They say it’s their keen sense of smell that clues them in. I like to think they see our light fading. To have such a comfort as you pass on, what a loving creature… it really touches my heart.

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    1. Thank you, Sadje. There is a real cat who does this. The scientists suspect the cat smells “death.” I like to think they see our light fading. The comfort given at such a time is priceless. ❤️

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    1. I’ve never had a cat I didn’t love to pieces, Franci. Both of my girls are great cats. The dark Tortoiseshell, Sophie is stuck to me like glue. She’s a total ‘fraidy cat! LOL! I read about a cat who actually did this. I think his name was Oscar. 🐈 🐈‍⬛

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      1. We had one in the UK in a nursing home who had that gift too.. I have also heard about it from a friend whose old dog was in his last days. The family cat who had hated him and avoided him when possible began lying beside him along with their other younger dog. Two days later he died with them by his side. Amazing empathy and a sense of mortality..♥

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