Mouse Trap

While sitting at my desk writing and reading; basically passing away the days during this shutdown, I’ve noticed a little mouse who has decided to play with fire while searching for food. On top of another desk in my office I have an hdtv, my “gaming” computer, which at one time long ago, was my primary pc, a DVD player and a cat dish that is filled with Friskies Seafood platter that Snowball loves.

Snowball is getting up there in years and she is well fed, so she doesn’t need to hunt mice to survive. Unfortunately, our house suddenly became Miceville and we have done everything short of TNT rid them from here. I don’t keep the tidiest of offices either; constantly cluttered with my unfiled paperwork, unopened boxes filled with items packed from our last move here nine years ago and my wife’s unattended computer desk.

The little mouse in question made her appearance a month ago after I had to stay home and suffer through this forced layoff from work. I’m assuming a female, purely based upon her petite size in relation to a few of the males that have suddenly succumb to one of our many mousetraps we strategically placed throughout the house.

She is also blind in one eye, so more than ever relies on her sense of smell to find food. I personally don’t think she even knows what mother lode she has discovered. If she knew, I’m sure she would have gone elsewhere to find her food. I noticed this deformity the first time spied her going to Snowball’s food dish. One eye was closed possibly due to an injury. I hypothesized one of her siblings scratched her eye and blinded her.

She’s also the only one who dared venture to that no-mans-land. Either because she hasn’t communicated this wonderful find to her communal mates, or they know better and consider her quite warped to dare go to a cat’s food dish and steal from the very mouth that would surely eat her without batting an eye.

Snowball either hasn’t noticed, or has become so complaisant as to not bothered with one single little, malnourished looking mouse. In any case it has been a fascinating adventure watching this thing defy all the laws governing the natural order and seemingly getting away with it…so far.

Published by Jerry Schellhammer

I'm a prospective writer with an unassuming job working as a janitor at a tribal casino near Spokane, Washington. Writing is my passion, though my family seem to think I'm wasting my time. This is fine; their expectations of me are low and they tend to leave me alone in my office writing out my stories of mystery and suspense. I have a BA in English with emphasis in professional writing from Washington State University, my website: www.jerryschellhammer.com is available for everyone to see my list of writing accomplishments and hopefully buy my first published book, or my many short stories available on Amazon.

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