Hitchcock the Cat, from the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Kay Finch
Cats aren't often asked to speak their mind, so when I get a chance like this I'm going to take advantage. My name is Hitchcock, and I'm a sleek black cat. I was pretty much nameless until I decided to hang with Sabrina Tate in Lavender, Texas, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Sabrina's a mystery writer, and she has this idea in her head that my presence helps her to write suspenseful scenes in her fiction. Thus the name Hitchcock, which is fine by me. So long as I can live with Sabrina at the Around-The-World Cottages owned by her Aunt Rowe, I'm happy.
Sabrina and I live in the Monte Carlo cottage on the banks of the Glidden River, and things are peaceful most of the time. Until people start saying I'm some legendary Bad Luck Cat. Maybe I look like this legendary cat. I guess he existed at some point in time because everyone (except Sabrina) seems to believe the legend. I'm only five years old, so there's no possible way I could know for sure if this legend they're talking about truly existed back in the day or if he caused his share of bad luck. If he did, then it was just a fluke, because black cats are not bad luck.
Poor Sabrina, bless her heart, spends so much time worrying about me and solving mysteries that she doesn't have a lot of focus left for her writing. I help her with the mystery-solving however I can, and I may have actually saved Sabrina's life a time or two. With all modesty aside, I'm smarter than the average cat. I don't have any special powers, but I'm tricky and fast. I can slip in and out of tight spaces in the time it takes you to blink, so it's hard for the average human to know whether I'm coming or going.
Kay Finch is a Pennsylvania native, but she's lived in Texas more than half of her life. Paralegal by day, mystery writer by night, Kay is the author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries. For more about Kay, visit www.kayfinch.com.