i'm a man on a mission
[WHO] Eddie Carmichael and Megan Jones [WHERE] Grocery store near his house in Muggle London [WHAT] Eddie is buying some more cat food for Cat. [WHEN] Mid-afternoon. [RATING] PG?
He had been away for a couple weeks, and though Eddie had come back every few days to check on Cat and make sure she had enough food (and change her litter box), it was now time to buy more food for her. Luckily he'd invested in both a nifty food-dispenser-thing that managed itself, and one of those water fountains for pets that flowed constantly as it plugged into the wall. Sure, he could have just enchanted it, but Eddie liked the little contraptions as they were and thought they were cute. Luckily Cat wasn't a big eater, but he felt bad leaving her by herself so much. Today he had decided to spend the afternoon with Cat and apologize to her for leaving and explain to her why she couldn't come with him.
He sat down on his living room floor, across from Cat, who was a gorgeous calico with bright eyes. She mewled at him and rubbed her face against his knee.
"Hey there, girlie," Eddie said. He scratched behind her ear. "I'm sorry I keep coming and going. You remember Auntie Catherine, right?"
To some extent, Eddie liked to believe that Cat really understood him. To another extent, it just made him feel better having someone to talk to who wouldn't talk back (but who would scratch back.)
"Well, she's very sick, Cat. So I have to make sure she's okay. But you're a big girl and you can take care of yourself. I can't bring you with me because they have a big Rottweiler who my sister calls Lysander, and he doesn't like cats. The poorest of poor taste he has, I know."
Cat purred and he scratched right in front of her tail. She curled her tail around his hand and he played with it briefly.
"But this afternoon has been all for you. We've had a lot of fun, right? We played with your favorite toy and I even fed you tuna straight from the can. So you can't get too mad at me, girlie."
He picked Cat up and hugged her, then laid back on his floor facing the ceiling and held her up Rafiki-style before settling her down on his chest. She stretched out a bit, then sat down and made herself comfortable. For a few minutes he just enjoyed relaxing with Cat. "I'm gonna go out and get you some food, Cat. I'll be back later. I can't stay the night, but I'll be home for good real soon, okay? And then I'll buy you so much tuna that you'll be able to supply all the cats of Brunei with tuna for the rest of their lives, though I have my reservations about your ability to share your favorite food."
Cat's ear twitched.
"I thought so. Okay, girlie, get up so Eddie can go buy you food. Be a good girl while I'm away."
Cat jumped off of Eddie's chest and ran off to play with one of her toys. Eddie pulled himself up and fixed his shirt, grabbed his eyes, and locked up the apartment.
Once at the grocery store, Eddie browsed through a bunch of things before he finally arrived at the pet food aisle. He scanned the shelves for Cat's favorite brand before he finally found it. He grabbed a bag of cat food, along with a couple extra toys--he spoiled Cat the way a proud father spoils a daughter--and a new scratching post. At first he had been unsure about taking on the responsibility of a pet, but Cat had become his constant companion and he loved the little feline to pieces. Taking care of her made him happy.
He waited in line at the grocery store and tried to peek his head around the people in front of him to see if Delaney was working. Sadly, there was a new guy behind the counter, and Eddie felt a slight sense of disappointment. He liked Delaney; she was cute and was full of energy. Oh well. He began fishing his wallet out of his pocket as he waited to check out.