Me: Hi, guys! This is chapter nine of Finding Jeanette. Or as Jeanette herself stated, you get to see where she is!
Jeanette: Still sorry!
Me: It’s okay, Jeanie. Have fun and don’t forget to comment!
The Cage Gang
We see Jeanette being put in a new environment. “Dad! Daddy?” She called out for Manny, hoping he was near. She didn’t know where she was, she wanted her family, and she became more and more uncomfortable as she looked at her surroundings. She backed up, not realizing that something was behind her. She bumped into it and turned around and it was an assortment of creepy plastic skull heads. Jeanette screamed and ran straight into one of the walls in the place. Feeling trapped, she ran into several walls like a trapped fly going near a light. She eventually stopped, calming down a bit, and realized she was in… a big glass box?
She panted heavily, probably from being scared out of her mind or from running into the walls. “Bella?” She heard a male voice ask. “Huh?” She said, turning around. She walked towards the glass where she heard the voice. She heard him say something else, but couldn’t quite place it. Something about preparing an animal for surgery. She felt scared. Suddenly, he came in front of the glass. “Hello, little darlin’!” He said in a cheery voice. Jeanette screamed and hid behind a plastic tree. The man laughed. “Beauty, isn’t she? I found her struggling out in the wild, and I saved her. So has Max’s sedative kick in yet?” He asked a pet owner. Jeanette backed up again, and this time hit a motion activated spotlight. A crazy looking ferret coming towards her speaking almost complete gibberish. He got on top of the light. “My light.” He said. Jeanette unsteadily walked backwards until a female lizard came off of the glass. “He likes lights.” She said. Freaked out, Jeanette ran into tiny plastic Eiffel tower. She saw dark figures approaching her and could sort of make out their voices.
She whimpered and curled up into a ball. “Bonjour.” A male voice said in French. Jeanette screamed and ran out. An arm came out in front of her and stopped her. “Whoa. Slow down, little girl. There ain’t nothing to worry about.” A male rat chuckled. “Oh, she’s scared to death.” A female guinea pig said. “I wanna go home. Do you know where my dad is?” Jeanette asked, sounding like she was close to tears. “Honey, your dad’s probably at some other pet store.” The lizard named Lizzie said. She had a motherly tone in her voice that reminded Jeanette of her mother, Ellie. “Some other pet store?” She asked, confused. “Yeah, like, I’m from Paul’s rat farm.” Biggs the rat said. (I just thought of some places. Some may not be real, so work with me) “Petsmart. “A mouse named Fluff chuckled.” Petsorama”Glow the ferret said. “Mail order!” Tina the guinea pig said. “EBay.” Lizzie said. Fluff put an arm around Jeanette’s shoulder. “So, which one is it?” He asked. “I’m from… the wild” She answered. Fluff nodded. “Ah, the wild. THE WILD!” Fluff screamed as he stared at his paws. “She hasn’t been decontaminated yet. Pierre!” He yelled and a little gerbil came out of the plastic Eiffel tower. “Oui?” He asked in French. “Clean her!” Fluff yelled. “Oui.” He replied. “Wild!” Fluff said, pointing at Jeanette. “Ah, le sauvage. Bon!” He said in French, and then made a popping noise with his mouth and cleaned Jeanette from head to toe, leaving a beautiful glow in her brunette fur. “Voilà! She is clean.” He walked back to his mini Eiffel tower and made another popping noise.
“So, the great outdoors. What’s it like?” Glow asked. Jeanette thought for a second. “Great and outdoors?” Jeanette said, not really sure how to answer that question. Glow gasped as if it was a huge surprise. “I knew it!” He exclaimed. Tina came next to Jeanette and grabbed her paw. “Kid, if you ever need to talk to your Auntie Tina, that’s me!” Tina said, laughing afterwards. “Or if I’m not around, you could talk to my sister, Chloe. Hi, how are you? Don’t listen to anything my sister says, she’s nuts!” She whispered to Jeanette, laughing again. She was actually talking about her reflection. Jeanette smiled as sweetly as she could, but thought about Brittany and Eleanor and how much they much miss her. Lizzie said something muffled against the glass. “Can’t hear you, Liz!” Biggs said. Lizzie unattached herself off the glass. “I said, we got a live one!” She said more clearly. “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.” Biggs said to himself.
“What’ve we got?” Fluff asked. “Surgery for Louie. And by the looks of those x-rays, it’s not gonna be pretty.” Louie whined as Dr Simmons popped his bone backinto place, but to them it sounded like screaming. Moments later, he gave the dog a sedative so he could perform the surgery. Jeanette didn’t understand what was going on. “Ooh, he’s using a scalpel.” Biggs commented. “That’s not a scalpel, those are sharp edged scissors.” Fluff argued. “It’s got one blade. Clearly a scalpel.”(Stupid, I know. I didn’t have much to work with.)
” Scissors! ”
“Sciss-” Biggs attempted to argue back, but has mild stress attacks. “Oh, here I go. Little help, over here.” He said before passing out. Tina sighed in annoyance. “I’ll go help him.” She walked off screen. “Clear!” She yelled, shocking Biggs with the electronic pulsers. (I don’t know what they’re called)
Suddenly, a large bird smacked against the window outside. “What’d I miss? Am I late?” The bird asked. “Hey, Miguel! The doctor is doing a surgery for a dog.” Lizzie explained. “Broken leg, huh? Must’ve had to pop it back in its ligament. Hello, who’s this?” He asked, referring to Jeanette. “New girl.” Tina said, laughing. “The doc took her from the wild’s hunting grounds.” Fluff explained. “An outie! From my neck of the woods, eh? Sorry if I ever took a snap at you. Rodents gonna frolic, birds gotta eat.” He told a scared Jeanette. “Hey, hey, hey! Those aren’t you’re rodents, they’re my rodents! Go, go on, shoo!” He shut the window after the bird flew away. He then picked up a picture of a little girl. “Aw, the picture broke. This is Lila. She’s my niece. She’s gonna be eight this week.” He walked over to the cage and the other rodents rushed out of sight. “Hey, little darling. This is gonna be your new mommy. You’re her present. It’s our little secret.” He set it down in front of Jeanette and the cage gang came up behind her and Dr Simmons had a garbage bag in his hand. “Oh, Lila.” Biggs said. “What? What’s wrong with her?” Jeanette asked. “She wouldn’t stop shaking the container.” Fluff explained. The camera dramatically closes up on a picture of a dead chinchilla in plastic container and holes in the top lid. “Poor Chad.” Biggs said. “He was her present last year!” Tina sobbed. “Hitched a ride to the dump.” Biggs said as the garbage truck beeped outside and Dr Simmons came inside.
Jeanette started hyperventilating again. “I can’t go with that girl! I have to get back to my mom and dad!” Jeanette tried running backwards, but was caught in a suction tube. “Daddy! Help me!” She screamed. “Oh, she’s stuck!” The cage gang went to their new friend in panic. “Nobody touch her!” A male voice yelled. Out of the shadows came a muscular hamster, (don’t laugh at me, I know it sounds silly.) And the others backed up and he approached a struggling Jeanette. “Nobody touch her.” He said quietly. Jeanette strained and squirmed. “Can you help me?” She asked. “No. You got yourself in there, you can get yourself out.” He explained. “Phil.” Tina began to say. “I just wanna see her do it, okay?” He turned his attention to Jeanette, who still had difficulty. “Calm down. Alternate moving your paws and your tail.” He instructed. “I can’t! I have a bad leg!” She explained. “Never stopped me.” Phil said, turning to face her. Jeanette gasped, he had scars on his entire right side. “Just think about what you need to do.” Jeanette understood, and gave it all her might. In seconds, she pulled free and looked proud of herself. “Perfect.” Phil said, knowing she had it in her. It was clear he was very wise. “Good squirming!” Tina said. “Wow, the wild. Just like you, Phil.” Lizzie said to her friend. “Yeah.” Phil replied, lost in thought. Lizzie chuckled. “I’ve seen that look before. What are you thinking about?” She wondered out loud. “I’m thinkin’, tonight we give the kid a proper reception. He replied.” So, kid. You got a name or what? “Biggs asked.” Jeanette. I’m Jeanette. “She introduced.
Oh, finally done! That only took me forever. I hope you enjoyed and please read the previous eight chapters and I’ll have chapter ten in a couple of days. Bye, guys.