Misty sniffed just inside the fence opening. The smell of Black Boy was strong and so was another one. Misty looked over at Suki and Niko. "I'll lead the way and follow the scent. If anything happens, run for cover."
Suki looked nervous but nodded. Misty poked her head through the fence and sniffed the air. There was no movement anywhere. Everything was too quiet thought Misty. She proceeded to go through the opening in the fence. In she went and stayed close to the fence keeping her eyes wide open to any threat.
Niko jumped a head and went towards the old house. She was always the brave one. Suki stuck close to Misty. There was another patch of black fur up a head. Misty sniffed the air before getting to the patch of fur. "It's not Black Boy. It doesn't smell like cat. I'm not sure what that is."
Suki edged forward and raised his paw ready to strike. Misty cautioned and sniffed again. "It's from a fur coat."
Misty lowered her paw. "Let's go find Niko. Maybe she has picked something up."
Both Misty and Suki leaped towards the old house to a ledge that went along a broken window. They both looked in. Nothing.
Suddenly garbage came tumbling down and both Suki and Misty leaped out of the way. Niko leaped out the window and landed in front of them. Suki hissed at her. "What was that about? You could have warned us."
"Sorry, I heard something and didn't pick up your scent."
Misty sighed. "Okay, did you find anything? Any sign of Black Boy?"
"No, nothing but there are lots of other strange scents. There has been others here."
"Others?" Misty came up to Niko. "What did you pick up in there."
"There have been the new humans in here. One smelled familiar though. I can't think who it is."
"Someone from Blackberry lane?" Niko looked at Suki. "I think so."
The truck that was parked on the street roared to life. All three cats startled. Misty with wide eyes shouted, "Let's get out of here."
They all ran towards the fence opening. The truck has now backed up to the front door. The three of them watched through the fence opening. Two men had got out and started to bring boxes into the house. They watched intently for a moment.
One of the men came back out and brought in what looked like a carrier. Misty tensed. Niko nudged Misty. "What do you think is inside?"
"It's another animal, I think a cat."
"This is strange, why would the humans bring a cat to this old house?"
"Catch mice," suggested Suki.
"Let's go back up to the broken window and see what we can see."
The three of leaped up onto the ledge of the broken window. The man with the cage brought it into the room. They waited for him to open the cage.
A growl could be heard when the man undid the cage. Out came a large orange tabby. He looked rough and his one ear had a nip out of it. The orange tab sniffed the air and instantly looked their way.
All three of them backed up. The man left the room and the orange tabby walked towards them.
"Who are you cats?"
Suki looked at Misty and Niko hid behind both of them. Misty came forward. "We're part of the neighborhood cats of Blackberry lane. Why were you bought here now when this house is barely livable for the humans?"
"To catch mice and to prevent anymore from getting in while they fix up the place."
The orange tabby came closer. "Do you cats hang out here?"
"Our friend Black Boy lives next door and right now we can't find him."
"He's missing and you think he's here?"
"We found bit of black fur that belonged to him and led to here."
The orange tabby sniffed the air. "Let me help you, I'm pretty good at finding other cats. I know all kinds of scents."
"You would do that," asked Suki.
"Why not, I need some excitement. Let me sniff the fur you found and I'll find him."
The three of them looked at each other but decided to let him try so they let him sniff the fur." He sniffed all over the yard and then looked up.
The others looked up. The old roof was quite sloped but not hard for a cat to crawl up there. There was also a broken window up there.
"You think he's up there?"
"My instincts tell me he went up the roof. I can catch his scent."
Niko was the first to leap up. She looked down on them and then swiftly turned and ran up the roof to the window. She peered in and meowed. A loud yowl was her response. The others quickly went up the roof. When they got into the room all they could see was junk and old furniture. Niko meowed again. Another yowl echoed in the room. It was coming from behind a old dresser. Niko cautiously went to the dresser. She sniffed and then sat. "Come out Black, it's us."
"I can't, I'm stuck in this drawer."
Niko slid underneath and there was another smaller dresser tucked in behind it. Black Boy was in the small drawer and was caught.
Suddenly the door to the room opened. All the cats scattered. The smell of fish filled the room.
"Hey what are you guys doing here?"
It was Matt from the butcher shop. "Hey Brutus, there you are. I see you found some friends already."
Brutus rubbed up against Matt's leg and then walked towards the dresser where Black Boy was stuck. Matt followed. "What's there boy?" Matt pushed the larger dresser out of the way. "Oh, I see. Blacky, how did you get there?"
Matt reached down and pulled the drawer out further and got Black Boy out. He looked at all the cats and smiled. "I bet you smelled fish didn't you Black Boy. I brought some fish here last night. You guys have great sniffers. If you guys comes down stairs I'll give you some fish."
Misty nodded to the others and they followed Matt down into the kitchen. There was an old fridge there Matt reached into the fridge pulled out a package. The cats instantly started to meow around his feet. They all got a feed of fish.
Misty looked over at Black Boy. "Was it the fish smell that brought you up here."
"Yeah, that and a dog that chased me."
"There's a dog here?"
"In behind this house, he's not very big but he pulled some of my fur out. He would have had more of me of I hadn't took to the roof."
Brutus spoke up. "Don't mind no dog, I can keep him in check."
Misty rubbed up against Brutus. "Welcome to the Blackberry lane group of cats."