Monday, January 30, 2017

1.2 Scaredy-cat

Katerchen has the look of pure horror on his face. What could possibly scare him so much?

A) fire
B) a burglar
C) a stranger cat
D) the vacuum cleaner

If your guess was B) a burglar, then congrats, you are correct! Ava is guarding the door when a masked woman sneaks inside. 

She must have heard of Lena's reputation as the new crazy cat lady in town, since she only took the expensive cat house and left.

Unfortunately Lena was at work that night and couldn't intervene or call the police. After all, someone has to pay for the cat food and vet bills.

It turned out she has quite a talent for ghost hunting and quickly became good at it.

The most important thing other than not being afraid of ghosts is to understand them. Most ghosts are not aggressive but they are often worried and disturbed by their own undead presence. The best way to deal with them is usually to simply listen to what they have to say and convince them that there is nothing left to worry about for them and that they can go and rest in peace now. A good ghost hunter is basically a paranormal psychologist.

In other cases however, ghosts can become irreversibly mad after years or even centuries of roaming restlessly between the realms of life and death. In this sad state ghosts are hostile towards everyone and that's where the banshee banisher comes into play. Though they will try to resist, it is for their own good in the end.

Back home Lena sees what happened during her absence. 

"Oh no! I'm so sorry I wasn't here, you must have been so scared! It won't happen again, I promise. I'm just glad none of you was hurt!" All cats get some extra treats for braveness this morning. 

The babies are all grown up now by the way. Here are their pictures as adult cats:

Now that they are old enough to live without their mom's care, Lena is thinking about adopting one of them out to her best friend Kenji to make room for future litters, since he mentioned that he might be interested in becoming a cat dad. 

BFF picture of Lena and Kenji: 

Yeah, Kenji has to sit on the floor because the seat next to Lena was already taken. It's pretty obvious who the boss is in this household!

After their gaming session Kenji spends some time with the cats and immediately shows interest in Anduin, the only boy in the litter. 

"He's very well behaved. You won't have any problems with him!"
"No need to convince me, he's already mine!", smiles Kenji while Lena prepares the transport box. Bye Anduin!

Lena decides to treat herself and gets a new tattoo. 

It's a large backpiece of a cat. What else did you expect, really? Its posture reminds me of someone... 

In the meantime, Amy enjoys her solitude in the cat park. It has been a fairly uneventful week aside from the burglary, but it won't last for much longer. 

Amy knows. She can smell it. Lena doesn't. Human noses are just so useless! Anyway, she will have to notice it soon. 

But wait, what is this? Scaredy-cat Katerchen looks terrified once again! So what's the problem this time?  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

1.1 Introduction - Meet the founder(s)!

We dive into the life of Lena Koyangi, an aspiring Ghost Hunter, and her two cats Amy (orange tabby) and Katerchen (black/white), who are residing in Appaloosa Plains in a small house next to the town's famous cat park.
These are the two little rascals who are based on my real life cats:

And this is Lena, this legacy's founder:

Lena has a bubbly and somewhat careless personality. She pursued the rather unusual career of ghost hunting, because according to her this job is just SO MUCH COOLER than a standard office job. Besides, it is one of the few careers that actually work well with her sleep schedule - the dead only come out at night!

This means she usually sleeps during the day, or at least she tries to, which is sometimes easier said than done with two cats who need a lot of attention.

"Uh... human? Hey, wake up human! I have something important to tell you! I... I think I am expecting babies. Hey, do you understand what I'm saying? I'm pregnant! 
Anyway, give me food now."

Confused by what Amy could possibly want from her at the ungodly hour of 10 AM, Lena shooes her cat away and locks the door to get a few more hours of sleep, so Amy decides to visit the nearby cat park with her furry companion instead. 

So, how exactly does a social personality like Lena get to know people when she's new in the town, works alone, and mostly sleeps during the day? 

She tries it online - and finds Kenji Midden, who happens to live not far away from her. Rule #1 of meeting online acquaintances: always meet in a public place.

Wow, their styles are really similar! Lets hope this will grow into a long and close friendship.

Back home Lena bathes Amy, who caught some fleas when she was outside in the park. Side note: If anyone ever tried that with real life Amy, they'd be a dead person.

"Man, you really put on some weight recently! Have you begged our neighbour for treats again, Amy?"
"Excuse me? I told you I'm pregnant! These are kittens in my stomach, not treats!"
"Aww, I might have to put you on diet if you continue like this!", Lena smirks at her round furball. 
"Don't you dare! Ugh, how could she not have noticed by now! Humans...."

Not understand anything of Amy's inner monologue, Lena leaves for work again.

You can tell the house is haunted by the green hue. Oooh, spooky!
Meanwhile at home, in the middle of the night...

The babies were born!
They are two female and one male kitten. Ava with the brightly colored face and black/orange tail (scratching), Anduin who has a very different head and body shape and shorter fur (facing forward), and Amanda, who is being groomed by her caring dad in the picture.

All three of them inherited their mom's amber eyes! 
As for their personality, Amanda comes after her dad (piggy/skittish), Ava is a very well behaved dream kitty (neat/non-destructive) and Anduin is neat and playful.

This is what Lena came home to after work... 

Parenting is SO exhausting! 
Sometimes Lena is wondering why she even bothers spending her hard earned cash on cozy sleeping places for her cats when they end up falling asleep on the kitchen counter anyway.
And speaking of spending cash on cat stuff, I think it's time to stock up on food and litter boxes now!