The Road to Hell
by John Pilling
“Hells Bells” Stephen stared in horror at the twisting spitting ball of fury slowly revolving in mid air beneath his apple tree.
Designed to catch a pair of marauding magpies, his homemade net trap had worked only too well and enmeshed his neighbour’s tomcat, an evil tempered animal currently emitting a continuous low snarl that boded ill for anyone who approached.
“What the blazes do I do now?” He muttered, “If I go near that thing it’ll claw me to pieces.” Thinking hard, he returned to the house and phoned the local veterinary centre. There was a pause then a man’s voice said cheerfully.
“Vet here, can I help you?”
“I hope so.” Stephen said. “The thing is, I made a net trap to catch some magpies and I’ve caught my neighbour’s tomcat instead.”
“Oh dear.” said the vet. “Is it injured at all?”
“I don’t think so but it’s going mad, I can’t get anywhere near it to free it. I wondered, if I brought it in, could you sedate it for a few minutes?”
“I see.” the vet said sympathetically. “Yes, probably best to bring it to the surgery …what’s the matter?”
“I’ve just remembered my wife has the car.”
“Not to worry, just pop the whole thing into a bag and use the bus, it’ll be fine.”
Thirty minutes later Stephen was regretting following that advice. Continue reading