Genesis shut the door behind the cat as it chowed down on the sausage. Angela poured some milk into a bowl and set it on the floor. Soon the kitten was lapping greedily and purring loudly. It barely even noticed as Genesis grabbed a towel and started drying its fur.
“I think I’m in love,” she said.
“I think I should start unpacking,” Angela said.
“You don’t mind?” Genesis asked.
“Nah,” Angela replied. “Another day or two won’t hurt. At least until our little visitor gets back on its feet.”
The kitten finished off the milk and promptly fell asleep on the towel. Genesis lay on the floor and watched it sleep. Angela smiled and watched them both.
So they spent the rest of the day taking care of the cat, which turned out to be male. He was skittish when he woke up, hissing when anyone tried to touch him, but he gradually started warming up to them. He seemed to take a liking to the computer chip pendants Angela and Genesis wore, batting them with his paws anytime he was within reach.
When Angela and Genesis went to bed, the cat climbed up onto the back of the couch and watched them from across the room, his eyes glowing faintly in the dark. And he stayed that way for the rest of the night.
Angela didn’t recognize the sound at first. She sat up and looked around, blinking groggily. In the grey light of morning, she spotted the cat, sound asleep on his spot on the back of couch. She looked to the windows, still streaked with rain.
Her eyes snapped to the kitchen counter. She scrambled out of bed and picked up the phone.
“Hello?” she said.
“Hi, this is Roger MacLeod from MacLeod Vacation Rentals,” a man’s voice said. “We just got the phones running so I wanted to call and apologize for this outage. The storm caught us completely off guard. We should have been more prepared.”