Teemeyer 17, At the Elevator

Mr Drawbridge was so mad about the groundhog problem he thought he had, that instead of smoke bombs he had bought dynamite. Cinderella had been at the grain elevator when he came in spluttering about the big pile of dirt behind his corn crib. She began putting two and two together and once again it added up to four. She heard him saying he would put the dynamite in the corn crib until he could get permission from the fire department to blow up the groundhogs.

This illustration was built on a concept drawing by my student Ellie Hoffman

Teemeyer 16, the meeting under the spruce tree

Once outside, Cinderella whispered to Elsa, “Meet me under the Spruce Tree after school.” It sounded like a purr but Elsa, Katie and Freda all understood the message.
As soon as the children got off the school bus they hurried to the Spruce Tree where they had first met Cinderella. They thought she probably wanted tuna fish since that was her favorite treat. They found her near the grave they had made for their pet rabbit Thumper. That’s where they usually met with Cinderella unless they found her on the bench when they visited the library. So it was a surprise when they saw Cinderella with three tiny men no bigger than cats standing near the grave. This was the first time Morris, Frank and Stanley had met with humans so they were blushing. Its not everyday you have a gathering of this nature. Cinderella led the meeting and it was held in a silent language we don’t understand, but everyone present learned what they needed to know.

Teemeyer 15, Hammer and Rodrigues

Just then the principal, Mr Rodriguez called Mr Hammer and they went down to the office to solve a computer problem, leaving the children to read on their own. Cinderella took the opportunity to meander out of her hidden spot and sidle up to Elsa’s leg where she began purring. This caused a small disturbance in the class room and the whole class went down to the office with Elsa carrying Cinderella. Mr Hammer and Mr Rodriguez thought it would be best if the cat was taken out of the school, so Elsa, Freda and Katie were given this task.

Teemeyer 14, Mr Hammer

Mr Hammer knew a lot of facts but he didn’t know there was a cat in town who was orchestrating a scheme to catch a criminal, while getting a pack of unwanted dogs to Australia where they could find someone to play with. Sometimes while studying in the university a person can miss all kinds of interesting plots right in their own neighborhood. The teacher enjoyed his job and was reading aloud from a book called “Mr Popper’s Penguins”, by Richard Atwater. Under his desk was a cat who was also there to get an education, but at this moment she was trying to get the attention of Katie, Elsa and Freda.

Teemeyer 13, In the Ditch

By evening Cinderella had more information to exchange with Teemeyer, who also shared what he had learned in Dutton while standing behind the corn crib. While the owls sang lullabys to the children in the village (only those who had turned off their smartphones and televisions could hear), Blue Herons, swans, cats and other nocturnal creatures were sharing knowledge about unseen situations going on in Kent County.

12.Teemeyer visits Roosevelt

The next day Teemeyer flew straight to Dutton and as he stood in the water he saw the dogs slipping into the hole under the corn crib. He flew over and stood next to the corn crib. It was silent and still. The hole was about the size of a groundhog hole and Mr Drawbridge thought he had a groundhog problem. He was planning to smoke them out.Teemeyer had information from Cinderella that he wanted the dogs to know. After standing there three hours he was about to give up when he saw dog’s eyes watching him from under ground. He glanced around to see if humans were near and signaled to the dog with his eyelashes that they were alone.
The dog, whose name was Roosevelt, inched a bit closer but remained under ground. They had a silent conversation in which Teemeyer learned of the difficulty of life as a pack of fugitive dogs, and Roosevelt learned about Australia and how to get there. Roosevelt let Teemeyer know that they weren’t hungry because they cleaned up at Shady Side Park every night and there were plenty of left-over Big Macs in the dumpster. The thing they were sad about was that they had no one to play with and no one ever brushed their dirty coats.