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Jun 7, 2024

A mouse narrowly escapes a cat, and is later haunted by the ghost of the cat, who believes the mouse plays a part in the “unfinished business” of the cat’s life.

Genre: Fable


Two eyes, yellow with a green glow, hovered in the darkness. A shaft of soft light from a crack in the wall fell between Rini and those eyes, those eyes that loomed. Those eyes that floated closer.

A smiling snout appeared in the shaft of light, and wicked whispers, and sharp, pointed ears, and those eyes whose hungry gaze fell upon Rini.


What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
While search through writing prompts, I saw the term “spirit animal.” I didn’t want to use whatever the prompt was, but it did inspire me to think of my own prompt: What if a mouse was being haunted by the ghost of the cat who tried to kill her, but ended up dying instead?


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Story: “The Cat That Haunted the Mouse” Copyright © 2020 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by ANDREW SITKOV (MuzStation Game Music)*
“Evil is Near”
“Mystical House”
“Scary Theme #3”
“Scary Theme #1”
“Hidden Fear”
“Story at Night”
“Secrets of Kingdom”
“Journey into Fog”
“Magic Within”


*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Andrew Sitkov licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
Changes made to the musical tracks?  Just cropping to align with my narration.


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Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. A cat seen from the left side sitting down with tail curled in front. The cat’s head is facing forehead and resting on the forepaws. The cat is looking at a mouse, standing on the hind legs in front of the cat. The mouse is turned to the right, holding forepaws together, with tail stretched out to the right. A hazy glow surrounds both animals. Watermark of “Storyfeather” along top of mouse’s tail.