Happily Ever After
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Exposed – The Real Bess
by admin - 20:53 on 11 July 2012
The deed is done. Today, a CD containing pdf and Quark files for the forthcoming bestseller A Cat Called Tess was dispatched to Tigger the printer, swiftly followed by a bank transfer of half the production costs. The rest will be paid when I pick up a thousand pristine copies on an unknown, but hopefully imminent, date.
Around a quarter of that thousand must be sold to break even, so it's encouraging that the first ten copies have already been reserved.
Bess must know that something's afoot – she's taken to strutting around and terrorising the local wildlife for the first time since her recent health scares. This morning, Matchgirl rescued a severely gummed, drooled-on and shaken but otherwise unhurt mouse. Bess's lack of teeth is good news for rodentkind.
Bess is the days when she had teeth – one snap
that you won't find in her book.
Later in the day she was seen stalking and making hopeful but hopeless runs at a small flock of chaffinches guzzling grain spilt from the feeder on the apple tree.
This is not the sweet and innocent moggy portrayed in her book. It's fortunate that the News of the World is no longer around to expose the real cat when she becomes famous.
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