Quoted from Friday June 26 2015. Fairy Tale Prompt:

“As you all maybe know I am a haiku poet. Haiku is an ancient Japanese poetry form and so I decided (after been given this idea) to try another way for our Fairy Tale prompt. I will share a Japanese fairy tale with you for your inspiration and I start with that idea this week.”

This week’s theme is curiosity as illustrated in the fascinating tale of “Otohime: Beware of Gifts From a Dragon Princess.”

What follows is my story about curiosity.  Hope you like Mitken!



“Mitken” taking a break from exploring.

Mitken was curious from the moment she was born. She was the first to wander around the house, exploring and falling down. She often needed a rescue such as when she climbed the bookcase up but couldn’t figure out down.

She was always in some sort of trouble or another. The first time she walked out the door, she immediately got lost. She was found crying in the front window’s flower box. She did have an affinity for up.

Gradually she learned down. Mitken’s first attempts were falls from not too great a height. We thought of making her a sweater from bubble wrap. Mitken had too much dignity to wear such a safety vest!

Mitken roved the property behind the house. She usually had to be rescued from the creek that marked the border between home and field.  Fishing? Swimming? Or merely falling in?

She became fascinated and curious about vehicles of all sorts. She watched the dust puffs as some one came up the lane. She followed a few paces behind the tractor to see what the job was for today.

As the seasons passed, and the weather cooled, Mitken liked to sit on the warm hood of the truck, parked next to the house after errands. Her curiosity led to exploring under the hood to see why it stayed warm while the rest of the truck cooled.  Still small, she shimmied herself up into the engine compartment. She contoured her shape to the working parts.

I decided to go back out before the snow became a duvet on the land. Put the key in the ignition. Then remembered to check washer fluid levels first. Popped the hood, and there was Mitken, blinking, waking from her nap.

Good thing that cats have nine lives, or curiosity surely would have killed the cat (at least 4 times).

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Fairy Tale Prompt: A Japanese Fairy Tale.


4 thoughts on “Curiosity

  1. Chèvrefeuille June 27, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    A nice story Phylor … Mitken will stay curious i hope …


    • phylor June 27, 2015 / 6:45 pm

      I do hope. But she needs to learn to put some caution in her curiosity.
      The prompt story was fascinating, and curiosity is something we all share.


  2. phylor June 26, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    I’m off to see how curiosity did kill your cat!


  3. summerstommy2 June 26, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    I enjoyed this take I too went the curiosity killed the cat way, though I did kill the cat. Good thing you checked under the hood….


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