Here's a SS I wrote for a challenge in my writing group:
Cat’s Eye View
Fluffy stared at the lazy human on the couch. It seemed all they ever did was eat and sleep. That is when they didn’t slip outside for their mysterious absences. What worthless creatures the tabby cat thought, then refocused her attention on the dog. The human was way too infatuated with the dog, but when it came to true loyalty, Fluffy knew she was the most loyal of the two.
Sure, the dog might warn of some dangers like that creepy guy that peeks in the window occasionally. Then again, he barks at that kid across the street when it checks the mail. No useful feedback what-so-ever. If the humans knew what was best for them, they’d be quite wary of any supposed help from dogs.
She knew just how important and draining a cat’s job truly was. At any moment she might be called upon to save the house and possibly the world from total annihilation, though the human and the dog seemed to care less.
As she stared at the lazy human lying on the couch reading a book (with the television on, no less), the doorbell rang. Fluffy tensed in anticipation. Often, her tiresome duties began with something as innocuous as a doorbell or a loud noise. She sat upright and watched as the lazy human slowly meandered towards the door.
She opened the door, and just as Fluffy feared, it was an unfamiliar human. They often unsuspectingly brought disasters trailing behind them, especially those that didn’t have a cat of their own for protection.
Don’t let him in, thought Fluffy, but to no avail. The foolish human lady gladly welcomed the strange man inside. He spotted Fluffy, and after a reluctant, awkward moment, knelt and tried to call Fluffy to him. But her senses were in overdrive now. She knew something was definitely amiss now, and set off immediately on her preset routine to check the house for safety and thwart whatever evil the man had either intentionally or unintentionally brought with him.
An hour later, after an exhaustive but unproductive search, Fluffy reluctantly made her way back to the main room. She was tired and hungry from her exhaustive protective work, and went immediately to her food bowl, then curled up for a quick nap to recuperate before the next crisis.
Fluffy was suddenly awakened by a loud bang in the room. She immediately sprung into action, setting out on her patrol. As she left, she thought she heard the man apologize for dropping a book or something to the woman, but Fluffy was set into action already. What if that was just a coincidence and she ignored the possibility of an intruding force? Fluffy could not shirk her responsibilities.
She returned an hour and a half later after an even more thorough and comprehensive search. After grabbing another bite to eat, Fluffy decided the human woman might be in danger after two alarms so close together, so she curled up into the human woman’s lap ready to defend the poor, unsuspecting woman.
The woman must have realized how tired and sore Fluffy was from protecting her, because she began massaging her muscles. Maybe there was hope for the lazy human race after all. The massage felt good, and fluffy closed her eyes and concentrated on the protective noise that warned off evil spirits.
The darned massage had almost lulled Fluffy to sleep, but thankfully her fine-tuned senses had already kicked into high gear. It was subtle, but it was definitely there. She opened her eyes and raised her head, peeking around the room for the quiet disturbance. The human lady was still talking with the unfamiliar man, but it was a slight movement over near the curtains that really caught her eye.
She immediately jumped from the human lady’s lap and darted to the curtain area. Sitting patiently, she stared, her hear occasionally moving suddenly from side to side as she stood her ground against the danger she’d just discovered. This was it. The stand-off. Before Fluffy stood a minor demon, obviously ready to harm the human lady and possibly the unfamiliar man. This must have been what the foolish man had unsuspectingly dragged along with him.
Now, it was all up to Fluffy and Fluffy alone to save the world, or at least this section of it. She continued the stare-down, occasionally pouncing towards the demon. But this demon was quick. Perhaps the quickest yet. Fluffy wondered why the humans didn’t take cover, but then remembered their inferior intellect and set those thoughts aside. Her focus now had to be the demon.
It took about ten minutes before the demon realized it was overmatched and fled through the window. Fluffy was sure it was gone for good, but just to be sure, she climbed onto the window sill and watched the demon’s movements outside. Were it not for her maddening limitation to not walk through walls and windows as demons could, she’d have totally vanquished this one back to the horrid place it came from. As it were, she stood guard over the house knowing that a cat’s job is never done.