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The Family Cat


Last year, when the cat announced to the family that she had written and submitted a short story for the National Flash Fiction Association Prize, my Grandmother spat a brussel sprout directly at Uncle Edward’s nose and bounced it into the gravy.

The rest of us just nodded and carried on with lunch.

When Grandmother pointed out that the cat had spoken and asked ‘Is that quite normal?’ we shrugged.

There wasn’t much that was normal about our family so a talking cat seemed about right in the scope of things.


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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. I like the bit about the brussell sprout. Seems as if Grandma needs to spend a little more time with the family. They seem awfully fun.

  2. LOL’s 🙂 They sound like a family that is never surprised at the unusual. I’m shocked that the grandmother was surprised. Maybe she isn’t around them that much.

  3. Cute story. I really enjoyed it. Having just been with my family for a Christmas celebration, I don’t think a talking cat is so unusual. What is ‘normal’ anyway?

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