Congratulations to Dani for her winning contribution:
Beneath my fingers was something warm and soft. I twirled a little bit of the fuzz between my fingers and then gently ran my hand along the surface. A deep rumbling vibration began from beneath the soft fur and somehow it seemed to massage my soul. I had never owned a cat. But this little critter needed a home.
I was out on 75th street for a stroll and it had gotten dark hours ago. The cold air was nipping at my skin and I had sped my walk a little bit, planning to round the next corner to return to my apartment. But from the shadows to my left, next to that warehouse that smelled like wood cinders, I had heard a small peeping and -don't ask me why- I went to see what it was.
Now I held the small animal in my hands as I walked the remaining distance to my apartment. It's little body warmed my fingers and seemed to warm something else as well.
I imagined what I would tell Sophia when I got home. What should would think of the little monster. But I knew this was something I wanted enough that she wouldn't be able to convince me otherwise.
I opened the door to my lonely hole, lit the kitchen, and started up the space heater in the corner. Then I laid out a little blanket and placed the fuzz-ball next to the heater where it could warm its paws. Watching it, I sat on a kitchen chair and started taking off the layers I had on.
Sophia's picture was on the table where it always was. She looked up at me with that knowing smile, as I had expected.
'So you've brought home a friend, now, have you?' she said, her warm voice drifting through the cold air to brush my face.
"Awe. It was cold and scared. It needs to get warm." I told her, smiling back.
'Is it truly the creature that needs to get warm?' her voice replied with that hint of serious reflection interwoven into her words.
I didn't reply to that.
I sat looking at the little thing, curled up in a ball, vibrating with that rolling sound of content once more, and knew why the room somehow seemed a bit warmer tonight.
NOTE: Dani will begin choosing the featured post winners on Tuesday's beginning next week. That's okay because she may not have chosen her own contribution for featured post winner and I think it fits rather nicely with the photo, don't you?
Visit Heather to see more inspiring photos like this.