The wind howled fiercely. The snow drifted against the side of the house. And although it was 72 degrees inside, just looking out the window made you shiver.
Yes, it was on this very kind of day that our heroine, Miss Lily, hovered over the furnace vents. Occasional wisps of warm air wafted upward, providing welcome (albeit fleeting) relief from the bitter cold.
Hours passed and our Lily huddled on the carpet next to the new vent (source: Home Depot). She was hanging limply over it, nearly frozen to the bone, when suddenly she noticed that her claw (the only one that wasn't completely encased in ice) fit precisely into the metal grid work. With her last modicum of strength, our heroine gave a quick flick of the wrist and removed the entire vent, flinging it casually to the side.
At last, warm air flowed freely to her face. Dreams of hot summer days (specifically, that really hot day in the pig barn at the state fair cat competition when she didn't have an adequate fan) flooded her mind. Miss Lily became drowsy, almost drugged with the currents of warm air blowing tropically through her whiskers.
"If only I could get closer to the source of this warmth," she mused quietly to herself, her eyes wide and glassy with anticipation.
"Why, there's a pretty silver tunnel! Where does it lead? Perhaps I'll follow it. I think I can fit..."
* * * * *Was our heroine brave enough to go where no feline (in this house, anyway) has gone before?
Or did all of those gingerbread cookies make her too wide to fit in the tunnel?
Did Nice Furnace Repair Guy have to make an emergency trip to the house?
Or did the homeowners secure all of the vents to the carpet with clear packing tape?
Stay tuned, friends, for the answers to these questions and many more (that you probably didn't even know you had), as we follow the adventures of our fearless feline heroine, Miss Lily, and her fearful sidekick, Tinsel, in 2008.