Chapter 1 “Winter Is Coming”
I stretched lazily, gently stirring from my comfortable stance and delicately washed my face.
Missy had lit up the fireplace and the wood was crackling in the old furnace. The cottage was warm and cozy. It was a typical evening in the Inca household, comprising my Siamese sis Cara, my Tabby bro Fromage, Charlotte our adopted hamster and Missy the young humanoid we jointly own.
I sat very still as a strange sensation came over me and I had a feeling that we were being watched.
Not wanting to disturb the others, I cautiously peered out of the window but there was nothing there but darkness with certain paleness from the large luminous moon overhead.
I circled around on the same spot and settled down again with my face turned towards the window, just in case. Right after my eyes started to close, I saw a shadow moving and caught the sight of a face watching me intently. It dawned on me that the portly figure in the window, appearing and disappearing, was the face of our friend Monk.
Monk is a Blue Russian with long slim legs and large golden-green eyes. He is rather handsome and sleek if you go in for the portly type. Monk is rather large and has an imposing figure. Monk lived next door to us in the manor with Solo, a world-famous detective, his manservant Hobbs, and Terrance, a big dog, best friend to Monk and a great doggy detective himself.
I slowly got up so as not to disturb the others and leapt out of the window and joined Monk under the thick shrub separating our cottage from the spacious garden in front of the mansion.
‘What’s up Monk?’ I whispered. ‘Is everything alright?’ Monk said in his slow measured meow. ‘You folks have to come over tonight. Terrance has some important news for us’. I promised him that indeed we would, as soon as Missy fell asleep. I hurried back to the others to break the news.
Terrance is a golden retriever, a powerful dog with long golden hair. He is very intelligent having helped Solo in solving many cases.
He usually went everywhere with Solo and Hobbs and was actually adopted by Hobbs. Solo had sent Terrance to a renowned training school for dogs. He was not disappointed as Terrance had topped his class at the Canine Search and Rescue academy and was a valuable partner in the detective agency headed by Solo.