The Day She Picked Up A Cat From The Alley
By: Adriana Antunez
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Lucy had a long day and had to practically drag herself home which is why she decided to take a short cut through an alley. She muttered while taking another step closer to her place, “The faster I get home, the faster I can go to sleep.”
She was startled out of her day dreaming by a rustling sound that made her almost want to jump out of her skin in fright. She spun around to face the direction it came from with her heart racing. Lucy then found herself in a fighting stance facing a cat and blushed in embarrassment. The said cat looked at her before rubbing its back against her mud stained boots. That’s when she noticed that it had a collar on.
“Let’s take you to your owner tomorrow. It’s late and I’m tired, okay?” Lucy asked the cat in her arms as she climbed the stairs to her apartment. She stopped in front of her door, “Why am I even…”
She sighed before opening the door with a expression of content that soon turned sour. The cat ran into her home as soon as its feet touched the floor. Lucy tried to find it only to be hissed at.
“Stupid cat.” She humphed before going to bed. The next morning her apartment was a disaster; the curtains were scratched as much as the walls, her flower vase was scattered across her dining room floor, there was a strange smell coming from her coat closet, and suspicious noises coming from the kitchen.
“Drop the Fish.” Lucy growled. The cat only when to smirk at her before swallowing Lucy’s dinner whole. She let out a screech of utter frustration before chasing down the cat. Of course, her hair was a mess and there were scratch marks on her arms but she caught it. Lucy was able to corner the cat and trap it in a box before she smirked triumphantly at it. The cat only flatten its ears and refused to look at her in response.
“That’s the last time I’ll try being nice.” Lucy declared for the hundredth time in her life as she knocked on the cat owner’s door. The owner swung opened the door and greeted her was a smile at the sight of his cat. Lucy blushed at the sight of the boy in front of her, he was around her age and rather handsome. So Lucy gathered up her courage and said, “You owe me dinner.”
Again the cat seemed to smile, but this time it was smiling along with Lucy and his owner.