Pet Shop: Letter from a Cypress Street jail
September 3, 2017 - accent chair
As expected, Staff Writer Margaret Moffett begged off holding her spin in a Pet Shop column rotation, citing “the relentless and all-consuming charge of overseeing a complete remodel of her kitchen” and “writer’s block.” And as expected, her cat Caddy will instead take a helm, pity tales of life with brothers Quentin and Buster — all in her influenced posh British accent.
Forgive me, dear readers, for a bold demeanour of this dispatch. But as we shortly will learn, a benefaction resources approach that we desert my common gentry and promulgate a difficulty post-haste.
It is Day Three of a imprisonment.
For what crime? We do not know.
Food Lady, a two-legged groundskeeper incited warden, did not yield a motive when — utterly unexpected and but irritation — she SHUT THE BEDROOM DOOR after all 4 of us had late for a evening.
In a hours hence, Food Lady has come and left during her choosing. Yet she has prevented us from doing likewise, restraint a attempts to shun with her foot.
Everything had been going swimmingly until a impulse a judgment was handed down — if we could disremember a cold, meagre bungalow and meager, gravy-shy rations that Food Lady provided.
We perceived a initial idea that something was astray one month ago. Strangers — really aloud and but a consent, we competence supplement — entered a domicile and began stealing a furnishings from The Room of Many Smells.
Buster, still rather of a … atonement … fraidy-cat during age 2, was deeply influenced by these actions, crawling into a courage of a chair and refusing to come out until it was over.
Food Lady did not try to hindrance The Strangers’ actions. In fact, she crowed that such a mutation would finally give her a collection she needs to arrange healthy meals.
And by “assemble healthy meals,” we assume she means “pile wadded-up Wendy’s wrappers and dull pizza boxes on new Titanium Swell quartz countertops instead of old, dull laminate ones.”
I digress. Upon final their work, The Strangers taped a thick, blue sweeping over a opening to The Room of Many Smells, presumably to forestall a access.
Working in tandem, we dispatched with this barrier rather simply tiny hours after their departure. When Food Lady detected us, Buster was forward into an unclosed feverishness vent, Quentin was servile in pinkish insulation and we was munching on a tasty bit of wiring adhering out from a wall.
It was shortly after those blithe moments that Food Lady SHUT THE BEDROOM DOOR, so formulating a benefaction predicament.
One demeanour inside a cell, good sirs and mesdames, and we shall certainly benefit a new appreciation for a difference “cruel” and “unusual.”
I contention these detailed elements as evidence:
A meagre 8 windows — eight, we contend — are all that is supposing for us to guard a surroundings. These conditions have taken a sold fee on bad Quentin, who can no longer lift out his charge to gibberish during birds within 360 degrees of a manor.
We are supposing a singular soothing space, a queen-size bed, for a 16 hours of daily respite. And prop yourself, satisfactory gentlemen and ladies. That bed does not accept approach sunlight. Gone are a light-infused couches and overstuffed chairs, a sun-drenched daybeds and baskets of purify washing that once hosted a repose.
And a sound directly next us, in The Room of Many Smells, has nonetheless to subside. This is of grave regard to Quentin and me, for a metaphorical bars of a dungeon forestall us from rubbing opposite The Strangers to explain them as a property.
Buster, a horrifying baby, stays shocked of hum of their electric saws and a bangs of their hulk hammers and spends his days wedged between dual suitcases in a prison’s tiny closet.
I close, dear readers, with this plea: Go onward into this universe and tell a story — for it is truly a cautionary story to any sly who dares to dream.
And that dream, of course, is nipping unprotected wires adhering out of a wall.