Little Tiger and me
Little Tiger and me
Little Tiger (Siu Fu) is actually a person, not a cat.
One day, I walked into the elevator of the Teaching Building and heard ‘Meow—’.
I pressed the ‘Open’ button immediately and Little Tiger walked into the elevator slowly. He then sat comfortable in the elevator and looked at me then looked at the door of the elevator.
I understood instantly and press the ‘Close’ button. I was alone with Little Tiger in the elevator. I looked at Little Tiger closely. Little Tiger looked at me and yawned relaxingly.
If I translated that ‘Meow—’ into human language, it probably would be ‘Wait for me please—’
The elevator rose up slowly and stopped at second floor. Little Tiger ‘Meow—’ again and I pressed the ‘Open’ button immediately. The door opened and Little Tiger walked out of the elevator elegantly. I amazingly looked at his beautiful cat-walk…
If I translated that ‘Meow—’ into human language, it probably would be ‘Open the door for me the Great Cat, you human—’
The other day, Little Tiger somehow followed me into the classroom. The whole class went crazy but Little Tiger was cool. He walked a circle in the classroom and all my classmates walked away from their seats and want to have a look at Little Tiger. They clapped and screamed to attract Little Tiger but Little Tiger held a proud look and made no reaction to the excited class.
But Little Tiger stopped and sat in the middle of the classroom and he began to lick his face. The whole class get even more excited and tried to rush to the stage because Little Tiger was ‘coincidence’ sitting in the focus of the classroom.
The professor couldn’t teach and he was not very happy. He gave me a sharp look and indicated me to clear the mess.
I used to feed the cats a lot. The cats would follow me because they thought they would have food. I want to show off my ‘Cat techniques’ in front of everybody. I show my shoes in front of Little Tiger and he recognised my shoes. Little Tiger followed me and walked out of the classroom.
I dashed back into the classroom once Little Tiger had walked out and closed the door immediately. Little Tiger knew he was cheated and ‘Meow—’ angrily outside the classroom.
Little Tiger did not walk to anybody in the class even everybody screamed and clapped to him. But he followed me with his tail up once I called him. I felt myself was much smarter than everyone and laughed hard when I dashed back to the classroom and leaned on the door.
Little Tiger ‘Meow—’ angrily and leave later.
I turned round to the class when Little Tiger had walked away. I was expecting lots of clapping for the showing-off for ‘Cat techniques’ but the whole class was silent.
My classmates looked down emotionlessly when I looked at them.
The professor took control again once he saw the class was quiet. He gave me another sharp look and indicated me to sit down.
The classmates actually thought I did the wrong thing. They were so happy to see Little Tiger came to the classroom but I led him away. The classmates would love to play with Little Tiger rather than listen to the professor.
That’s why nobody was clapping, no praising, no cursing. Everyone pretended nothing had happened. Little Tiger seemed never visited the classroom.
I was kind of understood what Little Tiger felt now. I sat down without a word and opened my book to pretend I was attending a lecture.
I rushed back to the dorm after class immediately. Little Tiger was easy to find. I opened an expensive fish can for Little Tiger to apology.
Little Tiger puffed his nose, narrow his eyes, turn his head, strength his legs, round his butt and walked away angrily.
My heart crashed into pieces and fell down on ground. I ran and caught up with Little Tiger and put the fish can in front of his nose with both my hands.
I would surround by cats with tail up high in the air when I took out the fish can.
Little Tiger would jump up to me and got the first bite of the fish once I opened the fish can.
But on that day, even Little Tiger had smelled the delicious fish but he determined not to eat it. He then walked away again angrily.
Oh～Little Tiger～I am so sorry～!!
I shouldn’t cheat you. I shouldn’t try to show off myself through you and my classmates hated me.
Oh～oh～Little Tiger～ I am so sorry～～～～!!
So I carried the fish cans and chased Little Tiger for a whole week but he didn’t even look at me.
Little Tiger was willing to eat the cheap dry cat food which offered by other schoolmates but wasn’t willing to eat my expensive delicious fish.
At least Little Tiger surrendered in front of the delicious fish and soften his attitude. He finally ate the fish I offered to him. Little Tiger was looking at me when he was eating and he seemed to warn me, ‘I the Great Cat are generous this time and forgave you human only once. You ought to respect me the Great Cat and gave me fish to eat everyday!’
Oh yes, yes, of course. I as a humble human servant knew I was wrong. I will not use any cats to show off and treat cats as human. I shall feed Little Tiger the Great Cat with food and water everyday and fish in festivals and love Little Tiger forever©
Little Tiger was eating the fish I offered and ‘Meow—’ and seemed to say, ‘I the Great Cat glad that you know you are wrong. Now I as the Great Cat offer you human a post to be my servant and be prepared whenever I call!’
Animals are cuter than human millions time. They would just hate me for a week, unlike selfish human.
Little Tiger was direct, honest and sincere and would comfort me when I sad.
It seemed that the professor was still angry with me. My grade was not good.
My classmates didn’t like me. They never invited me to their parties.
I was sitting alone on the sofa in the Teaching Building and looking aimlessly at the empty corridor.
Little Tiger suddenly came out from nowhere. He recognised my shoes and ran to me with tail up high. I didn’t expect to see Little Tiger in the Teaching Building so I didn’t have cat food with me.
Little Tiger let me stroked him. He ‘Meow—’ to complain no food reward and ran away.
I was a bit disappointed and continuous sitting on the sofa. I was depressed but tears couldn’t run down…
All my classmates were extraordinary. Some of them were major in dating and determined to find a wife/husband, some were justice fighter, laid-back farmers, travel wanderers, theory nerd and sexy feminist.
The professors were even more amazing. They were the rainbow gays, the strong lesbians, the great teacher and the religious dictator.
A normal human like me thought I could blend in with them but was blinded by the color beam they had radiated.
It was hard for me to find my position in this exciting college life.
Little Tiger ran back a little while later. He saw me was still sitting on the sofa. He meowed me and I looked at him.
Little Tiger rounded his cat eyes and jumped on the sofa and walked towards me and sat down on my thigh.
I was a bit flattered. I never got so close to Little Tiger even I didn’t feed him any food.
Little Tiger was very warm and his fur was very soft. I was stroking his chin, touching his stomach and circling his long tail.
Little Tiger seemed to enjoy the stroking and fell asleep. He fell into sweet dreams later on my thigh.
We were on an empty sofa in a quiet corridor. I felt the regular rhythm of the breathing of Little Tiger. I was getting tired too.
I felt my worries was swept away when I looked at the stress free sleeping face of Little Tiger. He closed his cat eyes relaxingly and comfortably snoring.
I took opinions from others to heart but did I even listen to my heart?
Little Tiger passed away a few years later.
This cat was actually a human. The Lingnan community held a funeral for him. Little Tiger was proper buried like human.
Little Tiger was gone.
I will never see him running to me with his tail up high. I will never hear his ‘Meow—’ again for the fish. I will never be ordered by cats to open an elevator door. I will never accompany by cats in lecture classroom…
We were real happy once. And now Little Tiger was gone. All these happy moments only in my memory but will not happen again. My tears fell down silently when I thought about this. And I found out how much I love Little Tiger after he was gone.
Little Tiger was always sincere. He really got mad at me and generously forgave me and comforted me when I was sad.
I MISS YOU SO MUCH, LITTLE TIGER…
The fact we had met could never be changed and the happy moments we spent together would never fade even Little Tiger was gone.
Thanks so much for your comfort when I was sad.
Sorry I cheated you and casted you out the classroom.
I might not find a human best friend in college but I had met the best cat.
Goodbye with love, Little Tiger.