Friday, March 4, 2016


Every story has a character 
That you like
You want good things to happen to them
If they're faced with adversity or obstacles
You have sympathy for them 
And pray they overcome whatever they have to. 
Or if you can identify with the character
You'll have empathy for them.
That’s a rooting interest in a nutshell.
If the story is in a book
And if you don’t like how it’s going
You can flip to see what happens
Or quit reading altogether.
And if it’s a movie
You can turn off the TV
Or walk out of the theater.
But when you have a real life plot
Scurrying right in your own house
A mouse in this instance
You have to deal with it
There's no page to turn
No TV to turn off or theater to leave.
So you either have to clean up blood and guts later
Or find the damn thing and
Capture it and throw it back outside.

                  The plot thickened 

I had to ask myself
Who am I rooting for here?
My cat who I love so he can have a snack?
Or the shaking mouse staring down at death?
I mean
Why would I care about a mouse?
I didn't know this mouse
I had no emotional bond with it.
But I did care. 
Because he was smaller?
The under-dog? 
Because he was cute? 
Naw, my cat is cute too, see?

Ultimately I felt sorry for the mouse
I put my cat in the bathroom to prevent a ruckus 
Captured the mouse and put him outside.
The things we do for love, eh?

What about you? 
What rooting interest qualities
Do you give your characters?
Do you plot/plan to make sure they have one?
Or does it happen organically?


Indie, my muse who every other day brings in a mouse, rat, bird, bat, snake, lizard, or squirrel, and yup I've either had to clean up their guts or capture them. Oh, the fun never ends folks!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That was nice of you. We had a mouse get into the house last year and I managed to catch and release him.

Julie Flanders said...

Love this. I would totally freak at the mouse in my house but I still wouldn't want my cat or dog to get him. I would feel too sorry for him. But I can't deny I don't mind when they get the insects that come in. I have no rooting interest in them LOL.

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Anonymous said...

I love that. Thank you. Last mouse I had to find was wounded and had crawled up into the frame of our living room armchair. I had to leave it outside over night and lock Kitty Kat in. I brought it in the next day and checked for smells for a week or so. I always side with the cat.

Misha Gericke said...

Hehehehe it's the same with me. Rodents freak me out, but I still save a mouse if two or more of my cats corner one.

It just feels cruel to stand by when I know cats will probably play (IE terrify) the mouse to death.

Hart Johnson said...

Yup--totally the mouse! I rarely side with the hunter. Always the hunted. We have a clear catch and release plan at our house and the cat is interfered with if she argues.

A Beer For The Shower said...

What Misha said. If it was a quick, merciful death that would be one thing, but my cats are jerks and will just bat it around for hours until it finally dies. I wouldn't wish that upon anyone or anything.

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