Eddie sat on the couch resting after a strenuous workout. Lifting weights and working out on the treadmill was his third joy after getting home from work. The second joy was reading, and the first by far was Lisha, his cat. Eddie worked to pay the bills, buy books and buy food for both him and Lisha. Yes, he had friends, but they were just something he learned to maintain as a way to make his mom happy. She would always tell him that you could tell the measure of a man by the friends he kept. Eddy cultivated intelligent friends only because anything less was a waste of time. Eddie wasn't an ugly person, he was just plain. He stood 6 feet tall and 185Lbs, well muscled and fit, short black hair and black eyes. He was a self taught black belt in aikido, and held a degree in teaching and a degree in history, but no matter how you looked at him, 15 minutes later you wouldn't even remember seeing him. He was plain looking and forgettable.
Eddie sat on the edge of the couch drinking his protein shake and playfully stroking Lisha's flanks, he could tell that she loved it because her purring would increase like a diesel engine. Lisha was a big cat, bigger than any other cat Eddie had ever seen before. From chest to butt she was almost 2 feet long long. Her fur was short and black, with two white stripes that ran from the top of her eyes to the tip of her tail, and from the bottom of her eyes down her chest and underbelly until it met at her belly button. Her fur was as soft as the down on a bird. One eye was blue and the other was green, and her nose was as pink as her tongue. Around her neck Eddie had placed a necklace of 18 carat gold, with small charms that he associated with her, the kitten, the sardine, the bird, the mouse, the ball of wool. Eddie only fed her a raw food diet based on her needs, minimal vegetables, and mostly raw meat chick and turkey, with the rare instance of fish when she wanted it. He knew what she wanted by her actions. If she had wanted fish she would always stand next to the empty fish bowel in the hallway when he got home. Chicken would be his slippers which had a small yellow chicken embroidered on the toe, his mother sent him a new pair every Christmas, and turkey was her standing by the fridge. She would not tolerate milk, and only drank filtered water, which was thankfully in abundance as he drank the same thing. Every evening was the same for Eddie, he left for work at a small local college where he taught history for 5 hours, and then did janitorial for 3 more hours. He would leave at 3:15pm, arrived at work for 3:30pm, and worked straight through until 11:30pm Sunday to Thursday. When Eddie arrived home, a 2 storey townhouse in a quiet area of town, he was greeted in the front yard by Lisha and they went in together. He would make dinner for both of them, she was served first, and then after a good workout he would eat dinner, clean up, curl up on the couch with a good book and read until 3am, when he would climb into bed and sleep till 9am. The few friends he had would often say that it was like he was married to the cat. Eddie didn't have any relationships with any girls, he didn't like to admit it, but he was shy. He'd come to the conclusion that he was happy with the life that he had. Often times he would purchase trinkets and items for Lisha if he thought they would make her happy.
Every year he was invited to the Halloween party at the college and he would decline. Not his scene, he replied in email. This year's party was different, and he had no way of getting out of it. It was also a retirement party for his boss, who loved Halloween. Eddie gathered up the fixings for a simple costume and started to put it together, meanwhile he chatted with Lisha like he normally would. "I've got no choice but to go to this party, little lady, it's the boss's retirement party and I get to meet the new boss also. I would much rather spend my time at home here with you and a good book, though."
Over an hour period he put together a cat costume that made him look like a black and white tiger. He hadn't chosen these colors, it was the only colors left in the cloth store. He hand sewed them, another skill taught to him by his mother, and came up with a half mask with tiger striping in black, and a tiger striped vest with tail. Cat-paw gloves and big silly cat feet covers for his shoes, altogether he looked quite comedic.
The party started at 8pm, so, looking at the time, he still had 2 hours before he had to leave. He put together an excellent meal as an apology for leaving Lisha by herself on a Saturday evening, and spent a bit of time reading a new historical novel he had just received in the mail. Lisha jumped up on the bed and nuzzled him purring. She nuzzled his neck and then began to lick and clean his face, Eddie knew he could not win this, so he placed the book down to the side and paid extra special attention to Lisha, stroking her from behind her ears to the base of her tail, scratching her lightly behind her ears and at the base of her tail. He also ran his fingernails across her flanks like she loved, and then let her settle down stretched out on the bed next to him. When the time for him to leave came, she appeared to be a bit grumpy that he moved, but Eddie apologized and once again explained why he had to go. He offered to let her out for the evening, but she just looked at him disgusted and returned to her position on the bed as if to say, 'Fine. I'll wait here until you're finished your little human games.' He donned his costume, blew her a kiss and locked the door when he left.
As he suspected, the Halloween party was not particularly fun for him, and he figured that as soon as the boss made his goodbyes and introduced the new boss he was going to exit quietly and be home at a reasonable hour. It would have all worked out that way, too, if it were not for a group of party crashers that knew him. They plied him with free drinks just so they would not be kicked out, and before he knew it Eddie was feeling drunk. One of the staff, a female who had the hots for him he thought for some strange reason, attempted to kiss him and groped him several times, after the fourth time being groped by her he finally stood up and announced, "Thank you all for the wonderful party, I am going to have to leave now, I am meeting someone important to me back at my place." The groper exited the party even before he could leave, and almost made him stay but, when he staggered over nothing, Eddie knew it was time to go home.
Eddie ran into the groper just outside the college, and she tried to take his hand and walk with him. "Excuse me, what are you doing?" he asked, with a tipsy slur in his voice.
Little miss groper, not a particularly pleasant looking female with a pear shaped body and a little more bread dough than muffin waist and a greasy complexion giggled, "Going back to your place with you like you said inside."
"I was talking about going home to my cat. I have no intention of spending any time with you, we work at the college together and I never dip into that pool, thank you very much. I'll see you next time I'm in to work. Good night." Eddie released himself from her and made a beeline for home. It was definitely way past the time to go home, he thought. Eddie staggered a few times on the way home and finally reached his front door. Surprisingly enough there hadn't been an egging like the last time he had been out on Halloween, but in the dark of the front door the porch light had been turned off to ensure no children would knock, he fumbled with his keys and dropped them twice, much noise ensued as he cursed his luck. His head bumped the door which slowly swung open. "Someone break in?" he thought, rubbing his head. He quietly stepped into the dark entry and felt supple hands cover his eyes and a feminine whisper quickly said "Guess who?"
Eddie guessed that the groper had got hold of his keys during her groping attempts and now stood behind him with the hopes of getting more. "Look, I told you we work together and I don't date girls who work at the college, I just want to be left alone."
Eddie suddenly felt something was wrong. He felt a short fur on the hands and arms, and incredibly sharp nails resting against his face. "Eddie, my love, did you meet someone while you were out tonight?" responded the feminine whisper. This was not the groper he realized, as this person stood shorter that he was.
"Uh, who is this?" he asked quietly, and attempted to turn around.
"Mm mm, not just yet, keep your eyes closed." she responded. She steered Eddie down the short hallway and into the living room while covering his eyes still, a great feat in agility as she was probably only 5 feet tall. There was a lurch and he was suddenly carrying her on his back. She was light and seemed to be wearing some sort of fuzzy bodysuit. "Into the bedroom, Eddie my love, I want to be comfortable." she whispered again.
From what Eddie could feel with his hands holding her up, she was quite fit and slim. He could feel the muscles rippling along her legs. "Oooh, Eddie, you always do that so well." she whispered in his ears.
Eddie felt weird at the moment, and began the short trek into the bedroom. "I know you, don't I?" he asked the stranger.
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