Billy and Teddy Visit the Sphinx

The Sphinx with a pyramid behind at night
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Previous Billy and Teddy Adventures

Secrets are a silence that will one day shatter.

Billy and Teddy’s eyes shone in the moonlight. The black and grey cats crouched close together. The garden was still, a light wind whispering in the trees, like secrets being shushed before they were spoken.

Ambrose regarded them with his patronising eyes. He was the giant ginger cat who had orchestrated their previous adventures. “Tonight, I share with you my story. This time, we travel in the time capsule together.”

“Where or when are we going?”

Ambrose’s eyes sparkled with an inner sun. “You will see!”

The moon kissed the capsule with its silver light. It whirred and came to life. Then it was gone.

They had arrived. Billy and Teddy were astounded at the desert all around. They had never seen anything like it. A towering and half feline face looked down on them.

“We are in Egypt, and this is the Sphinx,” explained Ambrose. “You are here to learn its, and my, secrets. The knowledge you gain tonight, will make you the most powerful cat healers this world will ever know. Follow me.”

Ambrose strode confidently towards a giant Sphinx paw as a door opened before him, the stone groaning like an old man. “Hurry up!” screamed Ambrose telepathically. “This door is secret! We can’t have it open and in plain view for a second longer than we need!”

The three cats entered a dimly lit chamber, flickering candles throwing light around them, shadows circling their feet as wonders hit their eyes like arrows from a crazy adventurer.

“These candles are magic,” explained Ambrose. “They light themselves whenever anyone enters the chamber, which is very seldom indeed, in fact we are probably the first for centuries.”

The light danced in their eyes, then slowly settled like a flock of startled birds coming back to earth. They could see seven sphinx statues, cat like beasts with mysterious eyes. Billy arched his tail nervously. A deep magic sent an electric current through them. The statues were silent however seemed to speak, so strong was their presence.

A statue of a sphinx with an Ancient Egyptian style head
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“These sphinx statues contain timeless secrets. The most dramatic secrets however, are in the heart of the main sphinx whose paw we are now in. But that can wait for another day. Today, let me introduce Avalona, Miracle, Destina, Oracle, Golden, Wisdom … and finally, Ambrose.”

“Ambrose?”

“Yes. This is a statue of me in my former life. I was a sphinx in Ancient Egypt, and I was a guide to a king. We have all reincarnated as cats, but one day we may return as sphinxes. The day that cats are once again revered on Earth as gods, is the day the sphinxes come back. And that will be the start of paradise on Earth.”

“So sphinxes were real?”

“Very much so, we contain the wisdom of ancient worlds, and will one day birth the secret to a new heaven here on Earth. Today, I will introduce you to the statue Golden. All sphinxes are unique, and all meow to their own molten magic.”

Ambrose rubbed his head around Golden’s sandstone paw.

Immediately, the sphinx’s eyes lit up, launching two golden beams of light across the cavern.

“Come closer,” commanded Ambrose. “This light will attune you to the golden healing ray. It is very special, with the power to increase intelligence, rejuvenate brain tissue and impart wisdom. You will now carry this ray of light, and can heal all you come in to contact with.”

Billy and Teddy closed their eyes as golden rays caressed their minds. As often happens half way through an adventure, they suddenly felt like a nap, and lay down at the golden sphinx’s feet.

“What are you doing!” roared Ambrose. “What a pair of heroes you are! Wake up! If you look in to this sphinx’s eyes, it will relay a timeless secret to you. It is actually possible to connect to the feline sphinx’s soul through its eyes. This is the soul currently residing thousands of years ago in Egypt. This whole crypt is a time travel tunnel of telepathy.”

Billy and Teddy did as instructed, their brains tingling as they stared in to the enigmatic gold eyes before them.

“A secret word. It will transport you to Ancient Egypt whenever you are in danger or need help … We will be there and will come to your aid. This is the word … ”

Billy and Teddy grinned as only cats do, by closing their eyes. The message was clear, they had powerful new friends. Would Ancient Egypt be their next adventure?

“Time for home,” instructed Ambrose. “But we will be back! In time, you will be introduced to the secrets of each sphinx here … even one day, my own mysteries. There are seven sphinx statues here, you will get to know each one. One day there will be nine statues, to represent the mythical nine lives of a cat. But time to go.”

Back home, Billy and Teddy finally succumbed to slumber. A golden meadow stretched before them, and they chased golden butterflies and nibbled on golden grass.

As they slept, many miles away day dawned in Egypt as the Sphinx suddenly shone gold. Early tourists stared in amazement. Then the sphinx reverted to its normal sandstone hues. The moment passed, decreed to be a trick of the sun.

In the Sphinx’s ancient eyes, secrets burned like invisible suns. Billy and Teddy stretched in their sleep, dreams like jewels in their heart. When they awoke, they felt refreshed … and did they really feel more intelligent? Something had changed in their brain, it was easier to think. As they left their bed, a golden whisker shone in the sun. Then it changed colour back to black.

They agreed that this had been the best adventure of all. Gold energy lit their hearts as the sun rose higher in the sky. It was time to play, to be a stranger to strife and a friend of fun. It was time to be normal cats … until the next adventure beckoned.

Far away, seven sphinx statues emitted a low moan, however there was no one to hear. Billy and Teddy continued to play, the mysteries of their world sleeping … for now. The early sun shone as though night could never come, and summer never end. Billy and Teddy chased contentment, not a care in their golden hearts. One day, sphinxes might return to Earth, bringing their promise of paradise. A new tomorrow would dawn, and with it a feline destiny of golden hope.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (director: Will Sharpe) is a first class and fascinating film which portrays the life of genius artist Louis Wain (1860 –1939). Uplifting and moving, the film charts Wain’s rise as a renowned illustrator of cats: depicting felines with oversized eyes and latterly in larger than life psychedelic detail. An incredible talent, Wain’s marriage, widowhood and final descent in to madness are relayed with sensitivity and stark detail.

As a cat lover, Wain served as president of the UK’s National Cat Club, and contributed to the global rise in popularity of feline pets. To him, felines everywhere owe a debt of gratitude.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy excel in the star roles of Wain and wife Emily. Wit tangoes with wisdom, emotion waltzes with enlightened monologues. The film is at once life-affirming and sad, a journey through love, notable achievement, fame and finally the fog of mental illness, a mist that shrouds a life with mystery and regret.

This film is a must see for art and cat enthusiasts alike.

two images of a tabby cat with large eyes, painted by Louis Wain
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