Horrify This! for November 11, 2015

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “An Odd Trio.”

Here is Ben Huberman’s challenge for the day:

“Today, you can write about whatever you what — but your post must include, in whatever role you see fit, a cat, a bowl of soup, and a beach towel.”

Here is my response:

On a cold winter day in Santa Fe, Nikki and Jay lay sunning themselves in the buff on beach towels under their living room sun lamp.

“I don’t understand why you hate Mr. Mann so,” said Nikki.  “He’s an awesome cat, clever and cuddly and cute with beautiful blue eyes.”

“He’s got an attitude problem,” said Jay.  “He’s always looking at me as if he were plotting something against me.”

Telmo the cat by Luizmo

Telmo the cat
by Luizmo

“There you go, hating on him again.  You just enjoy being cruel sometimes.  You always have some mean thing to say.  I really hate that new one you’ve come up with.”

“You mean ‘there’s got to be a better use for cats than violin strings’?

“That’s it.  Sometimes you can be a real bastard.  By the way, where is Mr. Mann?  I haven’t seen him since I got home from work.”

“He’s around someplace.  The little bastard has been under my nose all day.”  Jay reached behind him, picked up a thermos, and poured its hot contents into a small bowl they were sharing.  “How about some more soup?  I spent a lot of the day making it just for you.”

“Yes, please.  It’s delicious. It shows that you put a lot of time and care into it.”  Nikki took the bowl and sipped.  “What did you call this?  Cocoa van?”

“No, it’s not coq au vin.  We had that last week.”  He could not repress a smile.  “This is chat au vin.”

Nikki took another sip and then held her nose close to the soup and sniffed.  She reveled in its aroma.  “Chat au vin?  You’ll have to teach me French some day.”

Jay took the bowl gently from her hand and set it aside.  He slipped his arm around her waist and pulled her close.  “First, I have some other French stuff I would like to teach you.”

He wrapped his arms around her tightly and kissed her long and deep, delighting in the taste of cat upon her lips and tongue.

What can you write in response to Ben’s challenge of the day?

Thoughts?  Comments?


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