Hi there!! My name is Atom… They call me Atom because of my size. But just because I’m small, that doesn’t mean I’m not destined to do BIG things! I live at Oregon Ragdolls, and rumors are I will be king one day!
Here’s my story:
My earliest memory is of a dry barren landscape holding up the most beautiful sky you’ve ever seen! You see, I came from the far off land of Desert Ragdolls. I was an ordinary kitten living with a wonderful family and not a care in the world. I was the runt of the litter, but it didn’t seem to matter. I could hold my own against my brothers and sisters, and I had a sweet little human girl to cuddle me to sleep at night. I had it made! I thought things were going to last this way forever. But, one day, a winter snow storm brought something unexpected into our home.
I hear a loud knock emanating from the front entrance. It startled me, as I hadn’t expected anyone would be crazy enough to be outside during this blizzard. My humans answered the door while I watched from a safe vantage point. Out from the actively falling snow, walk in two strange humans that I didn’t recognize.
They told us their story, about how they had been traveling the globe in search of a “male suitor” for Princess Autumn. I didn’t know who Princess Autumn was at the time, but she sounded amazing! “Surely, they would pick one of my bigger, stronger, and more exotic chocolate mink brothers for this exciting new life” I thought, as the humans examined me and my brothers with checklist in hand.
“Atom!” The humans proclaimed, snapping me out of my internal monologue. “We would like to invite you to come meet Princess Autumn in the Oregon Ragdolls kingdom.” I couldn’t believe it, it was all very sudden and surreal. I accepted, and before I knew it, we were off on what I thought was going to be a grand adventure! If only I had known what awaited us on our trip.
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The first half of the trip was rather uneventful. We traveled for what seemed like a thousand miles! I took the time to bond with my new humans and watch the sun sink out of the sky. After the comfort of the sun had rescinded, the weight of my decision hit me all at once. I was on my own now, and I had to depend on two humans I didn’t know not to get us killed on our journey. That’s when the headlights started to dim. I could feel the hair on the back of my neck curl up. Something was wrong.
“Let’s stop in this town to get a new battery,” suggested the female human driver in a somewhat alarmed tone of voice. “No, its fine,” replied the male human passenger “the alternator will keep the car running if the battery dies… Let’s just keep going.” Another 100 miles pass and the headlights are now practically non-existent. To make matters worse, dark clouds had crowded above us, blocking any moonlight that could aid our sight. That’s when the car’s dashboard displays turned off. “The male human betrayed us,” I murmured under my breath. The car died as we cruised down the highway at 60 miles an hour with no visibility of what was in front of us and little control over the vehicle itself.
The human female saved our lives by skillfully guiding the vehicle to the side of the road. A huge sense of relief hit us as the humans called for a tow truck to escort us to a repair facility. But, the false sense of security wasn’t to last. Word was, the tow services were all already very busy that night and it would take hours for help to arrive. The winter weather was harsh. We were surrounded by miles of darkness, and an intense wind that made an incredibly cold night feel unbearable to the skin. To compound matters, there were other vehicles on the highway zooming past us, and we had no power for blinkers to alert them of our presence. Also, we had no power to heat the car. Panic filled the atmosphere once again.
I did my best to calm the humans down, and assured them we would get to safety. I directed the human male saboteur to use his cell phone’s flashlight as a blinker in the vehicle’s rear window. We all curled up together in a blanket and watched movies while we waited for help to arrive. I had just begun to relax when I saw blue and red lights flashing above my head. The local human authorities had arrived to safeguard me from the dangers of traffic–with me being the potential new king of Oregon Ragdolls and all, they knew I had to be protected. Almost 3 hours would go by before the tow truck driver arrived, and not a moment too soon! I’m not sure how much longer we would have lasted in the diminishing heat of our doomed transport, as temperatures were dropping steadily.
After hearing our story, the tow-truck driver offered to drive us the rest of the way home after dropping the car off at the long closed repair shop. I kept a cool head and we made it to my new home where I would meet the gorgeous Princess Autumn!! …
She hates me. Well, I should say she hated me. When I got here, Princess Autumn would only growl and frown at me. She didn’t want anything to do with me. But, boy did I like her! I haven’t left her side since I got here. We will play together, but if she growls, I know that I need to stop what I’m doing and step back. She won’t show it, but rumors around the kingdom are that I am beginning to win her over! I consider it my next big adventure.
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