It started at 4:30 am. The mom was abruptly woken up (ok, she's used to that) by the smell of an electrical fire (she's not used to THAT). After wandering through the house and noticing the furnace was making a strange clicking noise, but not coming on, she fiddled with it then turned it off.
Today's photos are of the many innocent faces of Oui Oui.
She called the power company as soon as they opened and they came out that day. Mica Moo was in her "safe room" while the repair man was there but the other kitties were free, no where to be seen. The mom kept a close lookout on the doors so no one could escape.
She didn't see Oui Oui at 1 pm, she didn't see Oui Oui at 4:30 pm, she didn't see Oui Oui at 7:30 pm. Starting to really worry because the man left at 3:30 and Oui Oui isn't one to hide for hours, she started looking. She looked for an hour using a flashlight to see into and under every thing she could think of. No Oui Oui. She called Oui Oui, shook, rattled and dispensed treats, called The Girl to see if she knew of any special kitty places. No Oui Oui.
She walked the neighborhood, calling for Oui Oui, which, by the way, is done in this manner, "Mew, Mew, Oui Oui" with a lyrical, French accent. Naturally, most of the neighbors were outside, not at a restaurant or movie enjoying themselves like they should have been. The mom is sure they have every right to think she is a psychotic, not crazy, cat lady. Having Mew Mew Oui Oui'd her way around in every direction so as to convince as many people as possible how nuts she is, she went back inside.
By now, she was in tears, thinking how poor Oui Oui may be hanging or slowly strangling in an obscure corner, unable to respond, slowly dying. She talked The Girl into coming home if Oui Oui didn't show up for breakfast. (Does she wonder where The Girl learned to be a Drama Queen?)
Around 9:30, the mom thought she'd try to put it out of her head for awhile then hunt again, so she sat down and fired up the laptop. While she was looking over her inbox and wiping tears away, she looked over, and there was Oui Oui, bright eyed and innocent looking. They looked at each other and Oui Oui proceeded to claw her scratcher, as though nothing had happened.
Yup, this is the innocent face that looked at the mom
after listening to her calling for hours.
BTW, Oui Oui always comes running when called
(or almost always we suppose).
The words from the mom! How she wanted to strangle that little stinker, who had to have heard her calling for hours, who must have been within inches of where she walked. She KNEW she was being called. She IGNORED the rattling treats. Not a squeak out of her, and then to just show up all innocent like! All we can say, that Oui Oui sure has one great hiding place! The miscreant!
Note regarding the furnace: It was the motor, which was just replaced in December. They replaced it again but had to order the correct motor. So the Furnace Fun may not be over! At least it was under warranty.