By Lakshna, age 16, Oman

I was out for a walk. I went to this hilltop I haven't been to for a while. I was happily walking atop the hill enjoying the wind when a sudden 'meow' stopped me. Why should this 'meow' stop me?

1. It's the first living sound I've EVER heard on this hilltop.
2. It's a cat.

No, I'm not scared of cats. On the contrary, I like them fourth best. Cats are preceded by horses, which are preceded by monkeys, which are preceded by dogs. And I'm not kidding about it being the first living sound I've ever heard on that hill. I used to camp out there and the only sounds I ever heard there were my own voice (when I was on the phone - I even talk to myself sometimes), the sound of the winds, and the occasional car.

So anyway, I turned around and saw this beautiful cat. If I were to name the cat, I'd name it Orange. Or maybe Simba. Or maybe Orimba. It had the greenest eyes I've ever seen on a cat. And I had a feeling of deja vu.

The cat approached me. Every other cat I've had contact with always went for rubbing itself against my legs. This cat went for my shoes. I was very happily stunned. Happy because the cat was at once under my care. No, not as a pet. My mom would never allow that. It was a stray that camped at my place for a week and then disappeared. The cat, which at the time I called Caramel, loved my shoes. I spent a lot of time with Caramel, and she with my shoes. (I'm merely assuming it's a she.) She particularly loved the laces. So this cat which I met on the hilltop started playing with the laces of my shoes. Then she proceeded to rub herself against me. Her second favourite game was to circle me and jump over my feet. After every few turns she'd rub her face against my leg, purr, and proceed with her circling and jumping.

Sweet cat. When it was time to go home, I said bye and walked off. She followed me. If I stopped, she stopped. If I ran, she ran behind me. I felt badly because I knew she was going to follow me home, and then I'd have to turn her out because of a 'no pets' rule at home. :(

I went down the hill and turned around to shoo Caramel away. She just stood there and listened to me turn her away. It broke my heart to see her. Her head drooped slightly and she turned around, walked a little away, turned back to face me, and sat down. Just like that. I began walking back home. After some steps, I stopped to look at her again. She was where she was, looking at me. I couldn't take it anymore so I walked back to her. I stopped a little away and she came to me. I walked with her a little and talked to her and then, when it was time to go, I let her rub herself against me some more. Then, when she was occupied with something on the ground, I silently left.

I heard her meowing. I said a soft goodbye to the wind and hoped it reached her.

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March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
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- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
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- The 30 hour famine
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- Dear John
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- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
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