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The Scissor Cat by hibbary The Scissor Cat by hibbary
Once up on a time there was a city, and in the city there was a park. It had trees and birds and flowers, park benches to sit on and a nice green lawn for picnics and near the entrance on the north side a man sold balloons from his little cart for just a quarter each. It might have been a lovely, ordinary park, if not for the cat.

The Scissor Cat, for that’s what he was called, was large, rusty colored with big yellow eyes and a broad grin that might have been charming if it weren’t always seen in conjunction with a large pair of sharp, shiny shears gripped in one of his paws. It was for this that he was named, but it was for his hobby, or personal mission, perhaps, that he became known.

Every day the cat would appear out of a tree or bush, from the top of a fence or wall, brandishing his scissors and snip! a child’s brand new balloon would be cast from its moorings and jump up through the air, through the trees, and away towards the bright blue heavens, leaving the mortified boy or girl screeching below.

The cat was indiscriminate. Red balloons, green balloons, yellow, blue pink, animal shaped, none were safe. Young children, old children, dark and light children and every shade between, beautiful children and funny looking ones; the Scissor Cat made no distinction. The general consensus was that he was just a mean, barmy old cat who liked to make children cry.

Any attempts made to capture or evict the cat failed utterly. There existed no evidence of his living in the park nor was he ever seen until suddenly he was there, scissors in paw and the balloon making its escape. Jumping into a tree or around a corner, he was gone again, leaving no trace behind but the screaming child holding a limp string.

The balloon man thought to baffle the scissor cat by putting little chains on his balloons instead of strings, but the next day the wily feline appeared with a pair of bolt cutters and away the balloon flew. The chains became bigger and the bolt cutters became bigger until the balloons wouldn’t even float anymore and the children had trouble carrying them and he had to charge three dollars each just to pay for the chain. He gave up and went back to string. The children would just have to take their chances. The cat was there to stay.

One day a little girl was walking through the park with her new, beautiful balloon. She did not know about Scissor Cat and so she was startled when she turned to the nearby tree and found herself staring into a pair of slitted, yellow eyes. The silver scissors flashed Snip! And the string in her hand fell as the balloon sprung away.

She shaded her eyes and watched it for a long time until it was just a little speck of red in the blue sky. When she looked back the cat was still there, sitting easy on his branch, grinning.

“Aren’t you going to cry?” he inquired.

“No,” she replied carefully. “I’m not.”

“And why not?”

“Well,” the girl said, considering, “It was nice to have the balloon, but it’s nice to see it fly away into the sky, too.”

“Yes,” the cat agreed. “Yes, it is nice.”

“You can’t see that unless you let the balloon go.”

“That’s true,” replied the cat. “But now the balloon is gone.”

“Yeah… I might get another one sometime.”

“There will always be new balloons.”

They watched each other a while, reflecting.

“Well, goodbye,” said the girl at last.

“Goodbye,” said the cat.

The girl walked down the sidewalk, slowly twining the bit of string around her finger. She looked back once to see the bright yellow eyes gazing out at her from between the leaves. With a blink and a flash of his silver scissors, the cat was gone. He was never seen again.
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MeowShin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'VE FINALLY FOUND IT I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS FOR YEARS! I love this piece because of how surreal it is and the story behind it is very cool
Hey I think that's my brother xD
GoldyAndTheWarriors Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a really great story. Nice scissor cat.
Toxicglare Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. c:
grumpy-grannyx2 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
that was fun!
Svorec Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Sasukesgirl91 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
oh god O.o
rocky311b Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the story it can teach good lessons
tigerstarules44 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Best story ever. You should make it a book.
Amilla4ever Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Cool cat and cool story
WolfSpirit127 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Woah! O.O This story is awesome!
Wolfchild123 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this stoy and the art alike.
racotaco Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwww that is such a lovely story ;w;
WolfieArtist1 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh jeez. o_o
MoonlightEcko Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Great and professionalized picture, with a good story! :D gj on both!
FelidaeCat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha so great :D the
FelidaeCat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
whoops XD wrong button sry... the eyes are great i like this bad cat xD great fur and colors. love it!
RawrgBlarg Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
that cat looks so evil and mischievous. Nice picture :)
firewillsaveourclan Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOLZ :iconflailingplz:
CavestarxxThirstlook Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013

Ready with ideas
Exellent thoughts
Totally original
Is cool
Very cool
Everyone LOVES it!
mosspelt21 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a cute little story ^^ And the Cat looks so cool, kinda like the Chesire cat :)
blanket86 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing and very realistic! Beautiful colours! :-)
Rawrmouse Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
good story is good :D
Lunnett Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh! I found this picture years ago - before I had a DA account and always remembered the story,

I finally found it again!
After two years I guess I'll finally say; Well done:handshake:
Nina-Lupus Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
It's really nice to see wonderful art, and even more so when they have charming little stories that go with them. Thank you for being an exceptional person!!
LotusLight87 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Good moral to this story... And I like the art.
dragon85492 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012   Artist

just put mad caus no one else did
sailorlovesong Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Idk about everyone else, but if I saw that up in my tree I'd be a bit nervous. :P
It's a great pic tho! :D
crabbymcfanmer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I fell in love with the character represented in the art and the story.
isonmad Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Photographer
such a cute story i love it
Aeidhryn Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Liked the story best, but then again, I'm a story kind of girl. *love*
IkuniHattori Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Kitsune-Realm Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I love the menacing look in the eyes! :meow:
Ghost-Stars Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my friend. Her 2 favorite things. Scissors and cats
Myoketh Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful story :D Ballon emote for the win --->
TeeBone28 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
LOVE this cat ^^ :)
auqifx Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
WHOA!this is amazing!love the style
SugarRiot Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
intersting sketch... i like it. nice job.
jessiepie Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this looks really good!! how did you get the detail to look so good!?!? man i wish i could draw and paint like you!
CalicoFish Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah! This is the best i've ever seen! How did you get it to look so realistic, but drawn at the same time! i don't know how to explain it, to say the least, its fanatical!
alrsun Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
How do we get the full size to look at?
InsaneXade Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this is one of those deviations that live part time in my favorites that I am very happy to have there. When it pops up I go read it and it makes me smile a little. Thanks for the wonderful piture and story
FrozenFrost5600 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Love this story. It has a good message in it!
Pringer-Z Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
I'm kinda surprised this hasn't gotten a Daily Deviation yet.
Osx86 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
me too
Eckrice Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
I love this.
bizzywelsh Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
What a nice piece of artwork! I really enjoyed the fairytale along with the delightful picture! I'm faving this!
djoneill Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
bad kitty, teehee. don't pounce with scissors!
Katy524 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Lol that is just awesome
ayanami82 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
it's a big good job!
OOOOOHHHH... that's all i have to say!!!The story is adorable too!!!
and i love his eyes ... ;)

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