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第四章 邻居家的猫和狗(12分钟)

2011-5-17 16:27| 发布者: 赵主任| 查看: 3731| 评论: 0

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Chapter Four
The Neighbor's Cat and Dog

 

It was nearly noon, and the sky was very clear.
Since I had been worrying about Grandma's illness, I was not happy.
Now I was in the bright and warm sun, I felt much better.
I ran to the lawn stretching and taking a deep breath of fresh air.
Just at that moment, I heard a cat meowing from the neighbor’s garden.
Then I saw the cat running to me.
I felt nervous for it was the first time to see a cat since I became a mouse.
I wanted to go back to the room, but it was impossible,
for the device could only be used from inside.
I knew that I could not run as fast as the cat,
so I had to hide myself where I could get in but the cat could not.

 
 
I remembered a pipe in the backyard and hurried there along the wall of the house.
The cat spotted me and sped up after me.
I sped up, too and just before the cat could catch me I got into the pipe.
In the pipe, I felt relieved for the cat could not get in.
Being unable to get in, the cat peeped inside the pipe.
The pipe was not too thin and I could turn around in it.
Feeling safe enough, I became brave.
Not only did I turn around, I also went to the end of the pipe.
Seeing me coming back to her, the cat felt both strange and angry.
She showed her teeth to me and hissed like a snake.
 
 
I sat very near to her mouth, saying to her,
"Stop hissing! Can’t you tell I am not an ordinary mouse.
I am a boy, a mouse boy.
Hearing what I said, the cat was no longer angry.
She looked puzzled.
To her, I meowed like a cat, barked like a demi-wolf, I crowed like a cock, which made the cat feel like a fool.
Then I said to her, you can not eat me, instead, you must listen to me.
Did you hear that? Did you? Did you?
 I kept asking her the same question.
At last , she meowed tamely.
I could hear that she did not want to eat me any longer.
Which cat had the courage to eat a mouse able to speak human language?
To be safe enough, I got out of the pipe from the other end .
I found a nail and picked it up.
I used the nail as a sword and tried it.
I felt I was powerful enough with the nail in hand.
My heart was at rest now.
I did not want to take any risk.
I could deal with the situation even if the cat changed her mind.
At the end of the pipe, I called to the cat at the other end.
"Come over here!"
Meowing tamely, the cat came to me.
We went back to the front yard, me in the front, the cat behind me.
 

Just then the neighbor's demi-wolf came running to us.
He felt strange to see us staying there peacefully.
I called out to him at once.
"Hi, this is my home. Do you remember me? I am the boy,
now I have become a mouse boy. Do you want to know how I became a mouse?
The demi-wolf cried in a low voice and wagged his tail to show his friendship to me.
I began to tell the story about how I became a mouse and how I wiped out the witches.
I did not care if they could understand me or not.
Except for Grandma, I finally had someone to talk to.
The more they listened, the more they were tame to me,
and the more they listened ,the more they believed I was the neighbors' boy.
I was very happy, not only was I safe, but I had also told my story.
Just then , the neighbor called them home and I said goodbye to them.
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