What Was Going On?
Judy’s heart raced as she looked at the screen and then back at the cat who was longingly staring at the photo. What was going on? Was she trying to tell her something, and did it have something to do with her military son?
It couldn’t be a coincidence. She decided to do the only thing she could think to do. She pulled out her phone and called her son. But when a voice finally answered her call, she couldn’t believe what she was hearing.
For Judy Miller, being a mother came before anything else. She was lucky enough to marry her high school sweetheart, John. As soon as they got married, Judy pushed their relationship to the next level. They became parents.
Judy can still remember every detail of the day she welcomed her son into the world. She cried tears of joy as she spoke her first words to him, “I love you, Adam.”
She put Adam above everything else in her life. She put him in a good school and started a college fund in his name. When he was 12-years-old he begged his mom to get him a cat, and she gave in.
They welcomed little Toothless into their family with open arms. When they adopted him from the shelter he was still a kitten. Adam was excited to have a new companion. He never felt lonely around Toothless.
Plans For The Future
Before they knew it, six years had passed and Adam was graduated from high school. When he told Judy what his plans for his future were, she nearly had a heart attack! He wanted to join the army and nothing was going to stop him.
She worried about his decision, he would be going somewhere so uncertain. But she understood that it was his dream and she had to respect it. It felt like his purpose in life and he needed to fulfill it. She wasn’t going to stand in his way.
A year had passed since Adam left and Judy was beginning to notice something strange about Toothless. She was 6-years-old and Adam had been her best friend for her entire life. Judy could tell that she missed Adam.
But this was the first time she had ever shown such strange behavior. Judy had no idea why Toothless had started acting up. She knew she had to find some answers before coming up with her own conclusions.
It Was Toothless
One particular photo in their living room kept getting knocked over and Judy had noticed it. The first time it happened, she didn’t think much of it, but this was the third time! Her husband wasn’t the one doing it, so it had to be Toothless.
She was the one knocking down the photo. She had to figure out why she was doing it, it had never happened before. She knew that there was only one way to get the answers she so desperately wanted.
She decided to set up a camera. This way she could see what Toothless got up to when she wasn’t around. She had found the old security camera in a box and set it up immediately.
She connected it to her laptop so that she could watch from her office. Now she just had to wait and see what Toothless got up to when she wasn’t around.
The next morning while Judy was tidying up, she caught a glimpse of Toothless in the living room. She rushed over to her laptop and checked in on the footage. She watched as Toothless slowly crept up to the picture in question.
Judy watched with bated breath as the cat wistfully looked at the picture, then knocked it down. Judy now knew that it was her for sure but still didn’t understand why she did it. That would come in time, and the realization would shock her to her core.
Why That One?
The photograph was of Adam. It confused Judy. Why was she so fascinated by that particular photo and why was she knocking it down every day? She didn’t seem to care about any of the other photos. Only that particular one.
Judy tried to come up with a reasonable explanation but she just couldn’t. But that day she cooked dinner, did the washing, and watched her favorite tv show until she forgot all about it. She didn’t know it yet, but the next morning she would have all the answers she wanted.
The next morning Judy got ready like any other day. She woke up, brushed her teeth, got dressed, and started her morning routine. She grabbed a cup of coffee and went to her office to start working.
But when she walked in, she noticed that her laptop was still on with the camera on the screen. What was odd was that Toothless was watching the photo through the laptop screen. Then it clicked.
What Was She Doing?
Judy’s pulse raced like an Olympic runner going for gold. She looked at the screen and watched the cat stare longingly at the photo. Was she trying to tell her something? Did it have something to do with her military son?
She decided that this was no coincidence and decided to do the only thing that she could. She called her son, but she wouldn’t be ready for what she would hear when a voice finally answered the phone.
The phone was finally answered, and Judy heard a familiar voice on the other end. It was Adam, she asked him if everything was alright, but she had no idea that it was no coincidence. She told him about what Toothless was doing.
But when Adam heard about his cat, he had a reaction that she could never have expected. She could hear him break down over the phone and start to cry. But she could never have guessed the reason.
Adam enjoyed his service and felt that he was helping his country. But at the same time, it was hard adjusting to his new environment. He missed his family and his pet dearly. So when he heard about what Toothless did, he couldn’t keep it a secret any longer.
He had something planned that he hadn’t told his mother about yet. He wanted to keep it a secret from her, but it seemed that somehow Toothless knew about it and didn’t want his mother to be kept in the dark any longer.
Adam decided to take matters into his own hands and pay his mother and kitty a surprise visit. He put in leave and tried to keep it from Judy. He had been in town for two days, and somehow his cat knew that he was close.
In fact, the closer Adam got to the house, the more restless Toothless got. Adam couldn’t believe that his feline was so in tune with her owner that she could feel when he was nearby.
Adam spilled everything and told her that he was in town. The cat was out of the bag, so to speak, and he was heading to his home immediately. Judy waited an hour until she heard a knock on her door.
But nothing could have prepared her to see her son, who she hadn’t had a face-to-face conversation with for over a year. Adam sat down with her and caught up. He was happy to be home.
Toothless Was Overjoyed
When Toothless spotted Adam, she immediately leaped up into his lap. Nuzzling him with her head and purring with contentment like never before. It was to everyone just how much the cat had been missing her owner.
Adam was also over the moon to finally be reunited with his best friend. The family reunion was a joyous occasion but soon came to a grinding halt.
Adam was only four days into his leave. He and the family had planned many outings to spend some quality time together. Everything was going fine at first.
The family planned a hiking trip to the Bulow Creek State Park on the Friday that marked the first weekend of Adam’s vacation. However, before they could even reach there, the family received some distressing news.
Adam’s first tour in the military had been a deployment to a notoriously dangerous middle eastern region. Despite the risks from ongoing civil unrest and constant animosity towards U.S soldiers stationed there, Adam’s service thus far had been relatively sheltered.
As a qualified computer engineer, Adam was usually stationed at his unit’s base and spent most of his time away from the action. This would all change after a call from his commander.
Judy’s Worst Fears
Ever since Adam had enlisted, Judy had gone through the same anxiety and stress that all military family members experienced.
Her anxieties had been helped somewhat by the fact that he had so far spent most of his service within the safety and confines of a base. After that fateful call, Judy’s worst fears were instantly at the forefront of her mind once more.
The Life Of A Soldier
While things near Adam’s base had remained relatively calm and safe for many years, this was soon changed. His commander’s call was a devastating blow for the family.
In the short period that Adam had been away from his base, a large insurgency had broken out in the region. Adam’s leave was cut short as his entire unit had been scrambled on an emergency deployment.
News From The Base
Adam rushed off to pack again and await his flight out. He kept a close eye on the news and stayed in touch with the other members of his unit.
Day by day, the news grew more distressing. The uprising was gaining traction, and militia groups in the area were increasing. The threat posed to Adam’s base was now very real.
For Judy, watching her son fly off this time was a lot more stressful than ever before. She had at least had the comfort of knowing that he was relatively safe in the past.
For the first time ever, Judy had to face every mother’s worst nightmare square on. As the threat of grave danger to his life and safety loomed larger than ever, Judy said a tearful goodbye to her son, and just like that, he was gone again.
As soon as Adam reached his base, he could immediately tell that things had changed drastically there. Fortifications and security had been tightened considerably around the base.
There seemed to be a tense atmosphere about the place that Adam had never experienced before in all his time there. It wasn’t long before he realized his days behind a desk and away from the action were over.
After being given a thorough briefing on the situation, Adam learned that intelligence operations had recently revealed that there might be an imminent threat to the base.
In addition to this, bands of militia had gained a foothold in the mountainous regions near the base. This meant that Adam was given his first mission, which placed him right in the middle of the ongoing conflicts.
She Was On His Mind
When Adam joined a team tasked with hunting down a militia group, he faced real danger for the first time. After successfully finding the groups’ hideout, the unit was ambushed and suddenly under heavy fire. Adam’s training kicked in, but the fighting was fierce.
After being pinned back, Adam contemplated the fact that there was a genuine chance he wouldn’t make it home. He thought of everyone he loved, but it was someone else that kept him going through it all.
It Was A Sign
To this day, Adam never worked out if he had imagined the entire thing. Trapped behind a hill and under heavy fire, Adam had seen something that gave him a boost of motivation to make it home no matter the odds.
Amid the rocky terrain, despite all the mayhem around them, Adam spotted something in the distance that he took as a sign that he would make it home. Inexplicably, it was a cat!
Back home, Judy thought of a novel way for Toothless to feel like she was still close to Adam without having her knocking over any more frames. Toothless had a favorite sitting spot right in front of the TV.
Judy began putting on old videos of Adam. Every day, as toothless heard Adam’s voice and saw his face on the TV, she would immediately start purring and stayed glued to the screen.
She Brought Him Home
Adam and his squad, against terrifying odds, were able to execute their mission without any loss of life on their side. Whenever Adam recounted the story to his friends and family, he was sure to always mention seeing the mysterious cat that looked strikingly similar to Toothless.
Adam wasn’t usually the overly spiritual type, but he was convinced that Toothless had somehow appeared to him and had guided him home.
A Hero’s Welcome
After their successful mission, Adam and his team were given medals of honor for their bravery and courage under fire. Over time, the insurgency was eventually overcome, and relative safety returned to the base once more.
After months of grueling and dangerous work and having his leave cut short, Adam was looking forward to finally getting some time off again.
The Second Reunion
After Adam reached home for his second reunion with the family that year, Judy was ecstatic to have her boy home safe and sound.
Toothless and Adam were also finally reunited again. Adam’s harrowing experiences on his mission had cemented the bond he had with the special cat, that he was convinced had saved his life.