Who doesn't love black cats? Seriously, they are among the most gorgeous creatures of this earth! Many years ago we had a black cat named Merlin. That was back in the days when we allowed our cats to go outdoors. Merlin would go out, disappear for a bit, and return for his dinner, every day.
Until, one day... he didn't. :-(
I don't know what happened to him. I like to think he was taken in by a cat loving home. He was so gorgeous and so friendly, that seems like the most likely reason he never returned. I know other things may have happened to him, but I shudder at the thought of what they might be and I sincerely think his gorgeous good looks and friendly personality endeared him to a family along the way.
It was many, many years ago, so ... regardless of the outcome then, at this point I'm sure my Merlin has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. I hope he forgives me for letting him out all the time. We never let our cats out now (although, we have a high fence in our backyard and I'm contemplating a collar and leash for Molly... our neighbor allows her cats free roam of her backyard and they have never tried to climb the fence to get away).