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Flash Fiction: Fluffy and the Terrorist

It was starting to get dark outside, and Fluffy’s human was still out shopping. She positioned herself by the door, ready to sprint. It was vital that she get outside before moonrise, though her human wouldn’t like that at all. She’d lose out on several days’ worth of canned food, as a punishment—but it would be worth it.

She was starting to itch when the woman finally came in, burdened with a half-dozen grocery bags. Fluffy was off like a shot, almost knocking her human down, but at least she was outside. She darted under the porch. But the itch was getting worse. She couldn’t stay here, and risk getting trapped.

She darted out the other side of the porch, though she usually avoided that side of the yard—the neighborhood terrorist lived in the next yard. No one wanted to chance being the focus of his attention. And Fluffy least of all, being very much a timid indoor cat.

But she’d had enough. Last month she had set things in motion; this month—

She sat down right at the edge of the yard, where a bush hid her from her human, but not the terrorist next door, and started to clean her paws. The itch grew, and the terrorist noticed her, and started barking from his humans’ porch.

As usual, his humans weren’t home; no one arrived to tell him quiet down. As he leapt the rail to get to her, the moon crested the horizon, and the itch changed to a burn. Fluffy grew and grew, her form twisting and shifting. Her fur changed, the white patches swallowed up in the black, and her claws and teeth lengthened proportionately.

Red-eyed, she lifted a wolf’s paw and swatted the neighbor’s dog to the ground.

Whining, he rolled belly up, baring his throat.

She leaned over, stretching her new jaws over it, and paused.

He breathed in, shallowly, submissive. His eyes grew even wider. “Fluffy?”

She growled.

“But, but—Big? Wolf? Cat?” He dribbled on the grass and thumped his tail. “I—I—you’re Alpha. Yes, yes, you’re Alpha.

“You want to live? No more chasing cats.”

“But—But—dogs always chase cats. You’re a dog—now. You know. You know. Right?”

Fluffy did know. It was built in to the form. “I catch you chasing a cat again, and you’re dead.” In the distance, she heard her human calling for her.

More submissive dribbling and groveling from the terrorist. “Yes, yes. You’re Alpha.”

She let him up and left, walking boldly down the street. It didn’t matter if her human was looking for her, now. She wouldn’t be recognized. Then Fluffy doubled back through the alley, and used every bit of her native feline stealth to creep back to a point where she could watch the terrorist.

He was already up on his feet, strutting around, showing off for Daisy, a pampered poodle whose human walked her past their homes every evening. “I’m Alpha!” he declared. “Yes, Yes, I’m Alpha. Come, come. Play with me!” As usual, Daisy ignored him, which just made him strut all the more. “I’m Alpha. I’m powerful. Come! Come!”

Beside her, a rustle. Mooncat’s voice came through the hedge. “Look at that idiot, Fluffy. He just called this strange wolf Alpha, but the moment a lady-dog comes by, he claims Alpha status agai—who are you?”

Softly, though it was hard to be so quiet in this form, she answered. “I’m Fluffy. Had a run-in with the werewolf last full moon, that’s all.”

He walked over and sniffed her. “I can’t say I approve of you being larger than me.”

“It’s just once a month. But in the meantime, I’m getting hungry.”

Mooncat backed into the bushes. “I don’t want to eat you, silly! I want to see if he’s going to break his promise to me not to chase cats.”

“You mean—you want me to—“

“Tease the terrorist.”

“You’re out of your mind!  He killed Intrepidcat last week!”

“If he breaks his promise, I get to eat him.” Daisy was starting to walk away, her human having completed his conversation with another neighbor, and the terrorist was getting frantic to get her attention.

“Seriously?”

Fluffy nodded.

"For Intrepid, then."  Mooncat streaked across the terrorist’s yard.

“I’m Alpha! I’m Alpha! Look! Look! Watch me get this cat!”

The terrorist launched into chase mode. Mooncat stretched out his stride, leaping up onto the top of the toolshed.

Fluffy bounded into the terrorist’s yard, taking gleeful joy in his yelp of fear. Dinner was very good.

Copyright 2009 Deirdre M. Murphy

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( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Dec. 4th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
very cute!
jenstclair
Dec. 4th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
lol, made me laugh!
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 4th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
:-D
leathermines
Dec. 4th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
hehehehehe

I really like this one!
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 4th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
ext_217211
Dec. 4th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
I love the sweet picture you painted of fluffy... until... - great job.
ext_188997
Dec. 4th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
I really like this. But is the character's name Fluffy or Buffy - I got a little confused when you used both.
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 4th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
Aargh! You get the prize for finding the first typo!

I've been calling the not-very-feral-any-more kitten in the picture Buffy, but the character is supposed to be Fluffy. She's not a vampire slayer, after all.
ext_211068
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Ha, you are obviously a cat lover. :-) Cute story!
debs1212
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Fluffly the killer werewolf
lol-- Poor puppy :( This story made me laugh. Very creative and well done.
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Fluffly the killer werewolf
Thanks!
ext_206076
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
story
Fantastic! Very funny and creative. The ending was a riot. Love your name of terrorist for the dog.
marisabirns.com
Dec. 4th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Great story
Love your imagination!

Charming, amusing, and engaging story :)
mdlbear
Dec. 4th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
/me laughs out loud.

Great fun!
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 4th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
I'm glad!
tigertoy
Dec. 5th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
I love the idea of a kitten werewolf. But I have this problem -- a cute short story idea gets into my head and tries to turn into an epic. I'm seeing Fluffy being able to change form at will, rather than just with the phase of the moon. And Fluffy belonging to an owner who really wanted a dog but the landlord would only allow a cat (and that, grudgingly) and the hilarity that ensues.
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 5th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
That would make a good story. :-D
(Anonymous)
Dec. 5th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Hey!
Poor pup was set up. No fair! Yeah, I'm a dog lover. ;)

Very imaginative story here. I've never considered what would happen to other animals that got bitten by a werewolf. Great concept and execution.
~jon
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 5th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
Re: Hey!
You did notice that Fluffy didn't go after Daisy, right? She doesn't have it in for all dogs.
ext_208459
Dec. 6th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
cool
Love the idea of a cat werewolf!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 8th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Fluffy
Stupid dogs... hehe

I enjoyed this, and that kitten photo is really making me want to adopt one of my own :-(

~2
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 9th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
Re: Fluffy
That same kitten, though she's bigger now, is available.
ext_198889
Dec. 10th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
uh... Fluffy?
I like the transition from cat to wolf, smooth. Amusing. Nice take on lycanthropy.
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