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Submitted by: Laura Stamps

Sunday morning, and Savannah runs to the window with the kitten, the clicking of several thousand beaks scratching the air. Yankee starlings migrating South for the winter blacken the street, yards, and trees, conjuring a whirlwind of clamor. Horus and Thoth wiggle with excitement, while Re squeaks his pleasure. Suddenly, the mass leaps for the sky in a synchronized moment, tinting the light with a murky funnel cloud of feather and screech, leaving four dazzled souls behind.

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After lunch Re zooms into the office, clutching one of Ravenas catnip mice between his teeth. He crashes into a rattan cabinet filled with fabric, dances a circle or two on his toes, and zips out the door.

Somebody has the rips, Savannah murmurs, trying to concentrate on an intricate sequin design for a new handbag, while lifting her feet every time Re dashes through the office at high speed. Kittens cannot easily retract their claws at that age, and she bears the crimson marks on her arms and legs to prove it.

Thoth shuffles into the office and plops on a rug to watch the show. After the first day curiosity about Re replaced Thoths constant hissing, and now he follows the kitten from room to room. Utterly delighted, Re performs for this audience of one and then tackles Thoths fluffy head, clinging to the big cats giant ears like a tiny white hat. Thoth fails to shake the kitten off, and Savannah intercedes, gently removing Re.

Thoth isnt your mother, she says, even as Thoth washes Res face, fueling the kittens infatuation.

Every day Re swings from the carpeted kitty condo in the den, performing frantic kitten gymnastics for an hour or so. Re also adores Savannahs long black hair, which he yanks with his teeth and paws whenever she leans down to pet him or sits on the stool at her worktable, while he quietly stalks her.

Ouch! Savannah yelps after another sneak attack from Re, detaching the kitten from her back and loosening a strand of hair from his mouth. I had no idea you could leap so high now, she says, wincing from the sting of fresh scratches. Ive got to find a string toy for you, one that makes my hair seem boring.

After dinner Re learns how to spit and spends the rest of the evening spitting at Horus, Thoth, and Savannah, delighting in the new sound skipping from his lips. He invents a game which consists of running across the living room, climbing up on a sofa cushion, spitting at Savannah while she reads the latest urban fantasy novel by Lilith Saintcrow, then darting into the kitchen to slither under the refrigerator like a garter snake.

Tomorrow Ill slide a few pieces of cardboard under the drip pan to block his entrance, she murmurs, turning another page of the novel, Horus sprawled across her lap.

But the next day Res spitting blossoms into sneezing, and his nose begins to leak. Dont worry, Savannah says, lifting him to her shoulder and walking to the kitchen, while he sneezes on her face. She wipes her cheek with a paper towel and reaches into the cabinet for bottles of non-alcoholic goldenseal and echinacea.

Ill just add a few drops of these liquid herbs to your food and water, and youll be back to your spitting tricks in no time, she promises, scratching his chin, as he sneezes on her hand.

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Savannahs Patron Goddess, Bast, occupies a special place in Egyptian history not only as the revered Cat Goddess but also as a Moon Goddess. Because of this, Savannah celebrates each Esbat, a ritual of magick and divination that occurs every month on the night of a full moon.

The Esbat in November honors the Snow Moon, and that evening Savannah slips into her ritual robe and decorates the altar with paper cutouts of snowflakes. Horus and Thoth settle on the sofa to watch, while Re bounces around the room, unaware of Savannahs ritual routine. She catches Re as he races by and puts him on a pillow next to Thoth.

Sit, she says, pointing her finger at Re, a command shes been teaching him this week. If youre a good boy, Ill give you a treat later with the big kitties.

She returns to the altar and lights three green candles carved with Wynn, the rune for prosperity and love. She leaves them on the altar rather than arranging them in a circle on the floor, not wanting to tempt Re, who sizzled one of his whiskers a few days ago on a scented candle burning near the coffee table.

Clearing a space on the altar, Savannah spreads a bright pink bandana cleansed in sunlight and sets her tarot deck in the middle. The Snow Moon offers the opportunity for divination, a chance to work with abundance and prosperity, to peer through the folds of time and discern the future. She opens the curtains at every window, flooding the candlelit room with moonlight.

Standing before the altar, she lifts her wand and slowly turns in a clockwise direction, welcoming the faeries, elementals, and mighty Watchtowers to her ritual. She stops in front of the statue of Bast sitting regally on her altar. Lifting her hands, Savannah says:

Beloved Bast, O Goddess of Cats,

Great Queen of this moonlit night,

I honor your feline power and might.

I ask for your wisdom and foresight.

Beneath this sacred Snow Moon

open my eyes, reveal my destiny.

The future I place at your onyx feet.

With loving gratitude, so mote it be.

Savannah reaches for her tarot cards and cuts the deck, turning the second half upside down. But as she begins to shuffle the cards Re can no longer contain his excitement and dives off the sofa, climbing up Savannahs leg to slap one of the silken tassels dangling from her ritual robe.

She screams as his tiny needled claws draw blood from her leg, and she drops the cards to grab Re, unfastening him from her jeans.

No! she shouts, and swats Res bottom, setting him back on the sofa cushion. No, she says again, firmly, pointing her finger at him, Horus and Thoth cringing, Res tail twitching.

When Savannah returns to the altar she finds the cards in a cluttered pile. As she gathers them back into an orderly stack one card slips from her fingers and falls to the sacred cloth. A silver streak of moonlight illuminates the upturned face of the Ace of Cups. She glances at Bast, whose golden feline eyes dance in the candlelight.

Savannah laughs. Okay, she says. This is certainly the oddest tarot card reading Ive ever done, but I get the message.

She props the card against a paper snowflake and stares at it for a moment, a puzzled expression dancing across her face.

I dont understand how this card relates to my future prosperity, she mumbles, knowing the Ace of Cups foretells the beginning of a love affair.

Suddenly Savannah shudders, the thought of dating or a new lover unpleasantly prickling her skin. Im just not ready for that yet, she pleads, moonshine streaming across the altar, as Basts flaxen eyes twinkle magickally in candlelight.

About the Author: Laura Stamps is an award-winning novelist, as well as a Wiccan and feral cat rescuer. The recipient of a Pulitzer Prize nomination and seven Pushcart Award nominations, she is the author of a popular series of magickal urban fantasy novels found at

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Prestige Gulmohar At Horamavu Road Bangalore By Prestige Group}

Submitted by: Annya Kumar

After getting many IT citys unsurpassed projects, the pioneer builder Prestige Group launches a rural community named as Prestige Gulmohar positioned at Horamavu Road in Bangalore. Superbly located at silicon city, just accessible from main destination to your preferred destination this new-fangled coming project is not far distant from airport and railway station. The rural community of this about to coming project will propose the extremely broad-ranging living surroundings in very cost useful rate. The independent township has intensely designed with air conditioned homes with unsurpassed-in-class advantage. This gated community project is designed by way of three tier protection, round-the-clock amenities, 100% power back-up and water supply. An unrivaled five star club service, recreation parks in the midst of 70% green area and landscaping whole the image.

Now we give importance on developer, located single in the midst of the highest promising real property companies in India, Prestige is occupied in projects along with residential apartments, incorporated townships and retail spaces, commercial complexes and IT parks. The builder Prestige Group Limited at this time has its persistence pan in cooperation with Bangalore. The company is restful but certainly puffing outing its footprints and at the present time has episode in real estate industry where it will crack down on a diverse use development. A connoisseur of the group commented that we are the leading home property player to launch two unparalleled townships in Bangalore in such a little amount of time. We are awfully stirred by the accomplishment of our first township; we are definite that Gulmohar Bangalore will as well get identical response. Prestige Gulmohar Bangalore includes 45 % green and undo regions and is preferably located at Hebbal Road with a panoramic visualization of the natures.

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Prestige Gulmohar Horamavu Road Bangalore is ranging over 2.9 acres of green county of Bangalore by way of the highly demanding propose of 2 and 3 bhk luxury apartment in the midst of ranging region. It is a various combination of contemporary design intending comprising independent floors, villas, small plots and large plot sizes with 24×7 services, security, a high-tech health centre, schools, sanctuary, a creche with the club. Swimming pool, Steam room, Gymnasium, Jacuzzi , Tennis court, Indoor games, Internet Connectivity, Intercom Connectivity, Club Houses, Kid’s Play Area, Customer Care Center, Hospitals, Rain Water Harvesting, Water Softener Plant and lots of more for relaxing investors.

This a series of 3.25 Acres and offers 400 units of 2BHK and 3BHK apartments of ever green Township plot vicinity wished for to put together iconic structure positioned at impressive destination at Bangalore on the point of nature will facilitate to attach to most important regions packed with picturesque beauty and linked with Hosur Road, Anekal, Bannerghatta Road and Electronic City. Premium Condominiums of this latest coming project is designed to recommend you the significant residence benefit. In the midst of all the righteousness, this original project that is the soul of investors is to be found on the point of Horamavu Main Road. This very much interesting project not only proposes an immense investment chance but in addition a signature dwelling of special luxury for their investors. For more info visit http://www.prestigegulmohar.net.in/

About the Author: Prestige Group is going to launch new residential project Prestige Gulmohar at Horamavu Road, Bangalore having spread 3.25 Acres and offers 400 units of 2 and 3BHK apartments. For more info visit

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