“For the Birds”

— in the anthology, Catopolis,
edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Janet Deaver-Pack.

Children of Magic

About the Anthology

Set in a world that exists on the same plane as humans, yet is hidden from us, Catopolis introduces readers to an assortment of cats, ranging from a feline Seer who must take destiny into her own paws to defeat a dictatorial tomcat thug...to a black cat who can call upon the powers of the 'big cats' to wage a war against evil...to a cat who would be king...to the ins and outs of cat politics and the perils of using mice as ballots...to a cat burglar looking for a musical treasure for his 'boss.'

Jana’s Notes

My story, “For the Birds” follows a candidate through Election Day as he runs for mayor. When a protest threatens the collection of ballots, Churchill has to decide on a course of action that will impress voters while also staving off the criticism of his rival: Whittington. Churchill’s choice has the potential to change both his life and the lives of his supporters forever.

As an interesting note, originally this story was set in Ottawa and the campaign was for Prime Minister’s Cat. Having worked on Parliament Hill, I think I will always like that older version best.