Saturday, October 30, 2010
Writing Romance in the Company of a Cat
I was trying to remember how I got to the police station. I know I was pulled over, which scared the living bejesus out of me, but the cop was very nice. The only thing was, I didn't have any of the paperwork my dad would always scold me about losing. That's all I remember. Did I drive or did I go with the officer?
(cat tears through room, trilling and talking to itself)
He now stood before me in a small waiting area. The station was quiet and he was ready to head back out on patrol.
"Your car's outside," he said.
"Oh, it is, okay." I can't say I was overly miserable with this turn of events. Here was a handsome man in uniform, young, smiling and very accommodating. I wasn't that upset any more. I was almost disappointed to have my little adventure end.
He seemed to want to say something else, but hesitated.
"What is it?" I asked. "Did I forget something?"
"No." He paused. Then, he gave me a look that suggested an invitation, a hormone-driven, ready-to-explode invitation. His eyes looked into mine and I couldn't breathe.
I wanted to say something, but found myself glancing away. I was afraid of his eyes. I knew they would be looking into mine again when I returned my gaze to his.
"Let's go outside to your car," he suggested. "It's time for you to go."
I followed him out the front doors and down the steps to my car which I had parked off to the side. He reached for the doorhandle. As I was about to get in, he touched my sleeve.
(cat jumps down and goes to bowl of dry food)
"Can I ask you a question?" I was just inches from his face, the car door like armor between us. I said, "Sure."
And it came.
"Would you mind if I called you?"
He ran his fingers through his hair, black in the station floodlights, his eyes now cast in shadow but still seeing through me.
"I'd love that," I said softly, pretending not to notice a gold wedding band and lips that I was only bound to enjoy in my dreams.
(crunch, crunch, crunch)
"Good. I would really like that."
My look told him, so would I.
(cat leaves the room--it is peaceful)
I sat inside my vehicle as he shut the door. I rolled down the window. He leaned in and surprised me with a kiss on the cheek.
(cat enters cat box down the hall, scraping is heard, litter flung to the side)
I had just fallen in love. Hard.
As he walked away, I watched him. Oh, my.
He waved as I drove out of the lot.
I have no choice but to leave my attempt at romantic fantasy as the most noxious of fumes wafts toward me. I cannot believe this is happening. I am forced to drop what I'm doing and clean the box.
Cat has made it quite clear what he thinks of romantic notions and pulsing hearts!