Where we are: Katie Calico and several of her former classmates have been asked to help the humans in their fight to overcome an extremely contagious virus. The virus can be fatal to humans, but does not affect cats. The cats all agreed to help and are waiting for their assignments. You can read Part 1 here.
Katie learned that she would be assigned to Mercy General Hospital starting on Monday. When she arrived, she saw that her partner was Elise.
Katie: Elise! I’m so happy to see you!
Elise: I know! Just like old times.
Their reunion was interrupted by a female human voice.
Human: All right, you two. No time for chatting. I can’t believe they sent me cats to replace my girls. You better not spend all of your time sleeping. I know how cats are. My name is Matilda, and I’ll be your supervisor.
Elise: My name is Elise and this is Katie.
Katie: Pleased to me you, Matilda.
Matilda: I’ll show you where you’ll be working. One mistake and you’re out of here. CATS! I can’t believe they sent me cats! What’s next? A hedgehog?
Katie and Elise looked at each other, wondering if all the people were going to be like her.
Matilda: I’ll let you two get settled. And remember: no sleeping.
Matilda stomped off and started talking to another woman.
Katie: Do you think she’s ever met a cat?
Elise: I doubt it. Otherwise, she’d know we can hear every word she’s saying, and she might be nicer.
Katie: Probably not. She definitely has her opinions.
They laughed. After a few minutes, the other woman came over.
Woman: Hi ladies. I’m Julie, and I run this department.
Katie: Hi. I’m Katie and this is Elise.
Julie: I see you’ve met Matilda. Don’t let her get to you. She’s all noise.
The cats looked at each other doubtfully.
Julie: I am so happy you are here! It’s so kind of you to help us. If you have any questions, just ask. I want you to be comfortable.
Julie walked off.
Katie: Wow. I hope she’s around more than Matilda.
Elise: Definitely. But now we need to see what all this stuff is.
While the cats were studying the machines, they heard a tap at the window.
Woman: I’m Susan Meyers and… Oh my goodness! You’re cats! Horace, come here! The news was right. Cats are working at the hospital.
Horace: Please excuse my wife. She’s very excitable. We’re happy you’re here to help.
Susan: Oh, yes! And you’re just adorable!
Katie: Thank you ma’am. Are you the one who is ill or is it your husband?
Susan: It’s me. I have a fever and chills. I need to find out if I have “it”.
Katie: Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll open the door, and you can speak with Elise.
Elise took the woman to a cubicle where she checked Susan’s vital signs and asked her a few questions about her symptoms.
Elise: I’m afraid your symptoms do match those of the virus. You’ll need to wait for the doctor in the quarantine room.
Susan: What about Horace?
Elise: We’ll let him know what’s going on. He can stay where he is, and we’ll keep him updated.
Susan: Thank you so much. I really am happy you’re here.
The morning went by quickly. Most of the humans were pleasant and didn’t seem to be bothered working with the cats. Soon they heard Matilda’s voice.
Matilda: Lunchtime, ladies. You get a half hour, and you can’t go at the same time. I’ll examine the patients while you’re gone.
Katie and Elise looked at each other.
Elise: I’ll go first.
The hour seemed like it would never end. Finally, they were back together.
Elise: That was horrible.
Katie: She was really slow. People were getting upset.
Elise: She wasn’t any nicer to the patients than she was to us.
Katie: I know. I wonder how she keeps her job.
Elise: The virus is probably afraid of her.
They both laughed and went back to work, this time with Elise at the desk. The afternoon was as busy as the morning, so the time flew by. The cats went home, happy but exhausted.
Next week: Does Matilda adapt to working with cats?
Pictures courtesy of Google Images.
Snoops and Kommando here. We want to offer condolences to our non-furry sister and her husband. Their cat Spaz crossed over the Rainbow Bridge earlier this week. You may remember Spaz from her and her siblings visit with us last fall or when we interviewed her and her furry siblings