The Cat Thief

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Odd guy picks up an odder hitch hiker

Submitted: June 16, 2017

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The Cat Thief

J. Todd Miles

Barry was out for a drive, because he had to think. Why had they come to take his cats??? He had treated them well, and taken them from a terrible, dangerous life. If people had not let them roam free, he would not have needed to trap them for their own protection. Thirty-six was not "too many" cats, and they had the run of his fairly large house. The litter boxes were cleaned every day, and the cats had all of the food that they could eat. His cats had a GOOD LIFE, but now people would misunderstand. So what if he could not afford vet care?? He did the best that he could, and when a cat was suffering, he dispatched it to cat heaven with a shot from his .22, right in the head. He was a good shot, and the cats never knew what killed them. The bodies were buried in neat rows at the back of his lot, and he tended the graves with care. The lady cop, who had come to his house with the ASPCA officer had told him to expect to be charged, and not to leave town, but here he was, driving down a back road, 20 miles from his house.

 

He had been on this road before, but he didn't remember why or when. He had not caught any of his cats here. He remembered that for sure.  Hey !! Up ahead is a hitch hiker!! Its a guy, not a woman playing that old boyfriend in the bushes game. He had given up on hitch hikers, because cats are so much easier. Cat graves are easier to dig too, not to mention that it would be unsafe to tend to the hitch hiker graves. He passed the hitch hiker, but Barry lost his resolve when he saw how interesting the man was. He looked to be about 30 and his clothing was sort of odd. The bib overalls and the hat were out of a 40s black and white movie, and the guy was barefoot.. Barry gave in to temptation and backed up.

 

The man got into the car, and he said, "Hi, I'm Phil". Barry said,"I'm Ken,,,,,,,,Where are you going?" "Wherever you are!", replied Phil. "Are you from around here?", asked Barry. When Phil answered that he was from far away, Barry was thrilled. Barry asked if Phil had a home, and Phil's reply that he could never go back was a little worrysome, but Barry was too excited to back off now. "You're not in trouble, are you?", asked Barry. "Oh no!!!, but you are!"  laughed Phil. (What?!? thought Barry,,,he doesn't even know me) Suddenly Barry was hearing,"If you just stop the car, and get out, I can steal your car, and nobody gets hurt.! (Even better!!!!! thinks Barry.)  Barry says,"Oh no, buddy,,,,,,,,the device behind your seat will blow your heart out if I let go of this button,,,,,I"M IN CHARGE HERE!!" Barry really did have a modified .45 behind the seat,and he really could kill Phil, but that would ruin another car, without the fun time. Phil laughed, and looked at Barry in a strange way. Barry couldn't help but stop the car and get out. "I'll be needing your clothing", sad Phil, and in a short time Barry was actually happy to be standing, naked, at the edge of a country road. "My friends will pick you up soon", Phil commented as he drove off, throwing the bib overalls out the window. Barry got his mind back, and said to himself,"Shit !!!, now what? "  He looked up when he hears a whirring noise, and sees what he knows to be a flying saucer. He couldn't move, but when a man sized basket is lowered to the ground, he gets in without a second thought. 

 

Barry's heart had already stopped, before the basket was raised, so he never got to see the inside of the alien ship. He did get invited to dinner, though, as the main dish.


© Copyright 2017 J. Todd Miles. All rights reserved.

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