The cats were out in the backyard late Monday night. We let them out when we’re home and usually bring them in when it gets dark.
On this particular evening I had gone to bed early and DSH was in the backyard with the cats. As I was falling asleep, he came in and woke me up to share this story:
Sir Riley the Cute was sitting under the fig tree enjoying the evening, unaware of the danger that loomed behind him. A large green praying mantis was on a course of confrontation. He was tired of being harassed by cats and was determined to make a stand for mantises everywhere.
As the mantis drew closer to Riley, images of loved ones tortured by felinious feline attacks filled his mind, and he knew what he had to do. It was risky, but it was time to strike back in the name of all mantises.
He crept up behind Riley and struck – once! Twice! His anger deepened as Riley turned, befuddled, to see what was attacking him.
Riley stared in shock at the mantis, wondering why this bright green invertebrate was hounding him.
At that moment, the mantis let the full force of his fury come out, and he leapt into the air in a move reminiscent of The Matrix and thwacked Riley soundly on the nose.
Riley reared back, amazed at the audacity of this mantis.
His fury expended, his mission complete, the mantis disappeared into the darkness, turning back once and vowing “I’ll be back!”
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