Once more and the lid would be open and the witch familiar could return to it's home until it was needed again. Sallie, looked around the kitchen and wondered where the animal was hiding, time was of the essence as she'd already started the slow incantation to transform her pet into an inanimate object.
The cat had disappeared and was not heeding her special call. This was bad news. The townsfolk were already suspicious and girls were dying needlessly, suspected of witchcraft whilst she had managed to keep safe.
The cat had been used for a spell against the mayor and its eyes were not like a normal cat. Anyone spotting her, would recognise instantly the magick in her.
Sallie had to keep the cat for one more spell, to make herself invisible and escape from the village.
The cat still didn't return.
Sallie was very scared.