This week I'm going to adapt IF's challenge to fit the picture, rather than the usual other way around. I'm going to use the word "invention" in its old sense, meaning "to find, to come upon, discover", to tell a story I used for my Japanese language class where we had to write a short essay on a memory.
The story is set on Gotland, an island off the east coast of Sweden, a popular summer resort just a few hours from Stockholm. We'd rented a house for a couple of weeks, with a big garden for Charlotte, our cat, to go exploring. And for all of that holiday everything went splendidly and much fun was had by everyone. Until the very last day.
Everything was packed and loaded into and onto the car when suddenly, Charlotte was nowhere to be seen! Everybody panicked. We ran around calling for her, checking every bush, every tree, running back into the house to open every door and every cupboard, back out again to check the neighbours' gardens, blaming everybody and everything for letting this happen.
And as I run past the car again for the umpteenth time, I see her, Charlotte, ambling into the backseat, cool as a cucumber, taking no notice of us at all.
We were this close to a collective heart attack but she decided to spare us at the very last moment, our sweetheart Charlotte.