Jacoby tasted the air as he dragged his human towards the collection of machinery and tools that his friends called home. His tail went a little higher as he scented his friend Romeo. “Hey! Hey, Romeo!” He called out.
Romeo perked his ears. He recognised that voice. “Jake?”
“Yep! I managed to convince my human to come over here. How have you been?” Jacoby asked. Male cats who didn’t live together weren’t usually friend, but Jacoby and Romeo had met one summer in the grassy area behind Romeo’s buildings and had sensed in each other a kindred spirit.
Romeo stretched and hopped down from the green plastic bin on which he’d be sunning. “Oh, not bad. You know, it’s getting colder, and it’s always hard the two suns the men aren’t here. But it’s been dry and there haven’t been too many dogs. How about you?”
Jacoby shrugged. “Oh, nothing crazy. My human took me on the subway a bunch of times, and I wondered if I’d see you, but I guess your train tracks are different from those tracks. And we went in a long car trip to one of those places with lots of cats and humans who touch us. Have you ever been to one of those?”
Romeo smiled to himself. Sometimes Jacoby forgot how different their lives were. He just shook his head.
“And I won some ribbons!” Jacoby rambled on. “I don’t really understand what’s so great about them, but my human gets really excited and happy when I get one. I guess they are pretty, but they don’t really do anything. Still, making her happy makes me happy…you know how it is? Do you have a human?”
“Well, there are the men, but they’re here for all of us. I don’t really have a human all my own,” Romeo said. “But don’t you have to share your human with the other cats you live with?”
“Kind of, but not really,” Jacoby responded. “I mean, she takes care of all of them, but I’m the only male. So she loves me best.”
Romeo shook his head at Jacoby’s logic. Still, none of his humans was a female, so how was he to know how it worked.
And, just for fun…
…Jake really does talk to Romeo!