been getting acquainted with my new reality now for two days but
I have no idea how I got here, where "here" is or what
fate lies in store for me.
am in a jail
or a cage of some kind with no facilities,
no food and the only water is the constant puddles at the weather
edge of my confinement from the constant warm rain.
am wearing my business suit and my last memory before this predicament
was leaving my desk and heading for the elevator. I had flipped
my rain coat on over my sport jacket, donned my fedora, and grabbed
my computer. I woke using my rain coat as a blanket and my jacket
as a pillow.
I blog everything that happens on my laptop and with a fine point
Sharpie on the back cage wall. The back being the only solid wall.
I won't have battery very long so the wall will, I assume, last
longer. Hopefully, someone will read this sometime and find out
what happened to me.
need to eat soon and have taken to chewing on the name tag on
my computer case. It's not very satisfying, but not so bad tasting
these words seems strange. I feel like I should be writing my
will. Maybe I should. Right now, I'm just not in the mood to figure
out who should take possession of my home and car.
not sure what to expect. I'm losing weight, but I still have some
energy from the water and I feel light and agile. I can easily
jump and touch the ceiling, which has to be 10 feet from the floor.
At home, my two hundred and twelve pound frame was lucky to get
off the floor in a mighty jump.
did my business in the rain soaked corner and scraped it out between
the bars with a small tree limb the wind supplied, but I hadn't
needed it today. The rain was removing the evidence quite nicely.
comes suddenly in this place, and it seems to come more often.
I expect incarceration and starvation to make the days drag, but
I can watch the shadows of dull daylight crawl across my cage
and night is with me again. Since there is little else to do and
nothing but my past to look forward to, I lie down and try to
sleep. Maybe I'll dream about Margo tonight.
will keep the Sharpie in my pocket for easy access.
skin feels pruned and wrinkled as I rub my hands under my coat.
was awakened by my floor tilting to the side and my body deposited
against the bars near what I considered the front of my prison.
I grabbed my computer bag as it was about to seek freedom between
the bars and held on for the sake of sanity if nothing else.
may have whimpered some at this time, but I don't remember well.
Beside me swung two huge fur laden legs in a fore and aft ballet
while my jail bounced up and down causing my head to bob like
a carried chicken. Pressing my head to the bars, I peered up at
the tower in charge of my journey to find a four-story biped that
looked very much like Discovery Channel's version of a Neanderthal
but with far more hair, or more exactly, fur.
decided now might be a good time to be quiet so I worked my way
to the back wall, and with my case clutched between my knees,
my jacket and coat on and my fedora perched in a most businesslike
manner, I braced my forearm firmly against the wall and continued
checked the time and date on my watch, carefully wrote every word
you are reading now and worked my mind into thinking I wasn't
the type that gets seasick. I took a moment out to swing my head
to the bars and lose a couple of ounces of bile down the leg of
wasn't pleased. The jail and I came to rest on a huge boulder.
The beast took time out to wipe down its glossy brown fur before
dropping its ape like face to my level to study its trinket.
huge fist came into view with an index finger like an eight-inch
log pointing directly at me. In stunned horror I watched as it
slid happily through the bars to bunt me in the belly hard enough
to double me over to collapse on the floor.
tried to communicate with grunts and deep rumblings in its chest
then settled in to pet me with two fingers as a child would a
scared baby rabbit. I felt the part.
another grunt, it stood and my journey continued. I fell back
to work at my journal, no better for being sick and sore from
bruised ribs. The shadow deepened toward night again as my cage
was settled into place across from several others. Most were empty
but in one cage I saw another human in the same predicament I
faced. In the waning light I called out to a woman across the
way. She stood from her kneeling position and ran to the bars
at the front of her cage.
you speak English?"
could not stop shaking as I called back. "Yes, I do. My name
is Tom Billings, from Portland, Oregon."
Sharon from Tucson. Do you know where we are? Do you know why
we are here?"
a clue. All I know is I'm starving, wet, hot and so thankful to
hear another human voice."
us, I now heard rustling and a new voice joined the conversation.
suis Français. Parlez-vous Français?"
just knew enough to know I could not talk with this guy very well.
try English... some. Je suis
Uh, I am Jean Belanger,
from Besancon beside riviere
beside Jura mountains
Jean. I am Tom and that is Sharon. How long have you two been
was just dumped here."
chat fest was now interrupted by a flurry of fur between us, and
bits of raw meat and a celery or rhubarb type stock of vegetable
were pushed through all our bars. I could see no gain in holding
out for a Big Mac, so I dug in. Large containers of water were
now added and the creature seemed pleased to see us eating. Its
lips curled up over crooked teeth, and judging by the canines,
that mouth ate meat as well.
captor now lifted my cage high in a tree and fastened it somehow
from the roof.
was eating, swaying in front of a huge set of curious eyes.
wondered if it would respond to an attempt at communication. I
stopped for a moment and moved to the front of the cage. I held
out my arm with palm up and spoke.
Can you understand me?
beast growled something low and grinned. It held its hand as I
did. I reached a little farther and it responded by putting its
finger within my reach. I tapped the finger gently and nodded
my head, pointing at the food.
creature nodded, lifted my cage from its perch, set me back on
top of Jean and moved to the others.
knew at this time it was most important to learn how to communicate
with my captor. My life probably depended on it. If you are unfortunate
enough to read this, I expect this will be information you will
need most. I began to study.
mostly uneventful week has passed with regular food and water.
I got to know Sharon and Jean better than I wanted to, seeing
I was in full view of Sharon at all times as she was with me and
poor Jean lived directly under my "toilet".
agreed to use the same corner, and Sharon and I agreed to turn
with the creature continued, and today we hit a new milestone.
came to understand the creature used a written language as it
placed a huge sign over all the cages. With my Sharpie, I duplicated
the characters on a piece of notepad paper and showed the beast.
This impressed it considerably. With motions at the cages, the
sign and hand to hand, I learned it was a for sale sign. Today
I was surprised with the arrival of another of these creatures,
this one a lighter shade of brown highlighted by golden tips to
each hair. This created a sheen overall and was most impressive.
The two communicated for a while and the new one began my training.
had no hope of parroting the sounds these huge creatures made
when they communicated, so I concentrated on their written language.
soon reached an epiphany when I recognized a pattern in the characters.
Putting the characters together, I experimented with rudimentary
golden beast made clear a certain set of characters referred to
us three captives, Then I found a slight variation that differentiated
between Sharon and us men. This meant these beings understood
our different sexes.
understanding of these words was not all pleasant. I now understood
day has been huge, but I can no longer see what I write on this
wall, so I will continue tomorrow.
morning was an awakening in more than one way.
after we were fed, Sharon's cage was opened from the top, she
was plucked out dangling and screaming four stories in the air,
my roof was lifted off and she was placed in with me.
let go, she ran to me and I held her as she shivered in fear.
roof to my cell was replaced and clipped and we were studied by
that fur covered face as we huddled in the center of my prison.
The creature wagged a down turned finger at us a few times, which
made Sharon cling tighter and in turn made the creature grin.
no more than a scared huddle to entertain, the creature proceeded
to show us what it wanted. The roof was lifted completely off
and with the utmost care, using only two fingers and a thumb,
a petrified Sharon was placed on her hands and knees. I was next
to go to my knees, but I was then slid against her backside and
my arms lifted to be placed on her shoulders.
we stayed where we were put, the roof was settled back on our
cage, clipped shut and the huge face was again at eye level with
us and its eyebrows lifted in a hopeful gaze.
were breeding stock.
subsequent conversation was something like:
do you understand what that creature wants?"
What are you going to do?"
along with me
I'm going to try to convey that we know what
is expected, then try and communicate we want privacy."
I don't want
know, but I need to try and buy time. I am going to pretend I
humping you. Play along. I will then pull you to the
back of the cage, cuddle and look over our shoulders at the beast
in hopes it gets the idea we don't want an audience. Are you with
made the expected motions but I have to admit, it was not as unpleasant
for me as I supposed it was for Sharon. Shortly I pulled back,
stood, helped Sharon up and moved her to the back of the cage
where we knelt, huddled and looked over our shoulder at the smiling
creature. It left, seemingly satisfied we were going to mate.
seems strange to write this, but here is a close approximation
of the chat we had about our dilemma. Sharon started it off.
don't know, but I have the feeling it is not going to settle for
pretend. I think it wants to raise pet humans
or at least
I hope it wants pets."
do you mean by that?"
simply don't like the alternative."
was silent for a moment. Her gaze rose from her hands on her knees
to my face, her eyes growing along the way.
it's not going to do us a flea's pimple of good to worry about
it. We are in no position to dictate our fate at present. The
way I see it, we have to become pets to survive. We need to be
cute, entertaining and endearing."
horror leaned a bit toward hope as she caught my drift.
do you suggest?"
was silent a moment while carving up this reality. Then by her
arms I pulled her to face me. My voice lowered.
have to mate. Can you bear children?"
if we don't you will be placed with Jean and be expected to try
harder with him. Its really your choice, but you will have to
mate with one of us or all of us will be expendable."
looked into her eyes as she absorbed the insanity of discarding
human games and embracing the animal side of our nature. At least
she wasn't screaming at the idea.
was past prime a bit and so was I. Neither of us were part of
the elite in human social politics, but she most certain had her
charms and I would have no trouble with the arrangement.
this works, you may be mated with other men, too. I suppose it
depends if there are more where we came from and just how we impress."
head shook from side to side in a dazed arc, but she looked me
over some and rested her eyes on my face.
Tom, you aren't Cruise, but I'm not Angelina, either. If we have
to do this, you most certainly will do in a pinch." She delivered
the line with a smile, so I supposed we were an item.
going to expect a show, isn't it?"
nodded, moved over to the wall and began writing this post.
we performed for our captor, so it ran for its companion and suddenly
our audience grew. I had trouble concentrating when it became
apparent five creatures were getting a charge out of two small
naked animals getting busy.
complicated conversation grew outside our cage. Jean was placed
in Sharon's former home and the sign over it was changed.
we finished, my fevered brain deciphered "Sold".