Marielou van der Vliet, 3AB, 2020

3HV T5: Letter of Apology

Dear neighbour,

I’m really sorry for what I did last week. It was very rude and, in principle, illegal to behave like this. I have no excuse for kidnapping your cat, but I want you to know the reasons behind my actions. I kidnapped your cat, because I had a really intense mental breakdown. And now you probably think: “yes so what?”. Well, I really needed someone to cuddle with and since I didn’t have a boyfriend and my family was out of town I didn’t know what else to do.
The cause of my mental breakdown was a little bit stupid. I watched the last episode of Friends on Netflix that day and I just couldn’t believe that there was not going to be a 10th season. It just felt like I was falling into nothing, like there was a hole in my life, because all I had done last month was watching Friends. And I know that this is a very bad excuse but I’m really sorry.

The idea of kidnapping your cat came later, after I saw my goldfish (Brandon) floating in his fishbowl. I was so sad and desperate that I figured, if I just cuddle with a cat I would feel less sad. So that’s how I came up with the idea of kidnapping your cat.

I am so sorry for kidnapping your cat. It was very impulsive and stupid, especially because I didn’t think of what you may have gone through. Because maybe you had, unlike me, a good reason for a mental breakdown and you needed your cat to cuddle with, but you couldn’t find him because I had kidnapped him. I promise that next time I have a mental  breakdown and I want to cuddle with a cat I will go to the shelter and find me a fluffy, sweet, cute cat.
Since you found out that the kidnapper of your cat was me, you didn’t want to talk to me anymore. So that’s the reason I wrote this letter. You have all the right to hate me, but still I hope that you read this letter and find a place in your heart that wants to forgive me. I didn’t realise what I was doing and I really hope we can be good neighbours again. I humbly ask for your forgiveness for kidnapping your cat.



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