The Nightwatchman – for Cween MJ
by KimKiwi on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 6:50am.
Night has come to Cheezland. The full moon hangs silvery in the sky and bathes the town in soft moonlight. The Nightwatchman makes his way around the town, checking that all is well. He notices that every window has a black ribbon across it, which means that someone very special must be arriving. The Nightwatchman frowns slightly, as he doesn’t know who it could be.
He makes his way slowly up JCH4K Boulevard, wondering why everything is so quiet. He sits on the edge of the JCH4K Fountain, still puzzled. He realises he has not seen Winky, his faithful companion, all day.
As the Nightwatchman sits wondering what it going on, he notices that Winky is sitting on the pavement on one side of JCH4K Boulevard. Winky is sitting up, holding a bouquet of brightly coloured flowers. Slowly, all the heart kittehs of Cheezland appear and form a line down the pavement. Each of them is also holding a bouquet, picked freshly from the Princess Mu Meadow. Some have Forget-Me-Nots, some have daises, some have roses, some have lillies. The kittehs stand silently with their heads bowed.
On the other pavement, all the other heart animals of Cheezland appear and form a line. There are goggies and bunnehs and guinea pigs and turtlols and hamsters and… well, every animal that has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and found a loving home here with the Nightwatchmen. They are all holding flowers and wait quietly.
Suddenly, at the far end of JCH4K Boulevard, a young man appears. It is Elsa_Momma’s brave and much-loved Matt, looking happy and healthy. Matt gives the order “Welcoming Parade, please fall in.”
A white horse appears behing Matt. The horse has gold threads plaited into its mane. It is being ridden by Mildred Ast. Behind Mildred come all the heart horses of Cheezland, slowly walking up the Boulevard. They all have gold threads in their manes too.
As the Nightwatchman looks in amazement at the procession of horses, he becomes aware of a group of dancing kittehs, lead by Lyanthya. The kittehs dance in formation, stopping every so often to shake their things, as they have learned to do. The procession reaches the fountain, and turns to look back down the Boulevard.
The Nightwatchman sees what appears to be mist rolling up the Boulevard. He thinks it’s unusual for mist to be seen in Cheezland. But then he notices that the mist is made up of all the loving thoughts the Cheezfrends have sent out to the special arrival and family – swirling threads of red, pink and silver.
He notices a woman being carried along by the mist. As she passes each of the heart animals, they throw their flowers to her. She appears to be quite old, but as she gets closer the years disappear from her and when she reaches the end of the Boulevard, she looks exactly like she did when the Nightwatchman last saw her.
With tears streaming down his face, he reaches out and embraces the woman as tightly as he can.
“Welcome to Cheezland,” he says, his voice catching a little.
“It’s good to see you again, Grandma.”