500 Word Short Story
Leo and Cleo: Betrayed
Scott A. Gese

500 Word Short Story

Leo had it made, but then Cleo showed up.

Suddenly, without prior notice, He was no longer the focus of attention. There was a new kid in the house. Leo was not happy.

Sure, he still got his three meals a day, personal access to the outside world and a warm bed, but that didn't matter. Now he had to share the space, the attention and the lap of the woman. Nope, this was not going to work. Leo needed to put a stop to this nonsense immediately.

The first thing he planned to do was claim his territory. Show this little hussy what was his and what was NOT hers. He had just started putting out markers in certain rooms and on certain pieces of furniture he laid claim to when the woman grabbed him up.

Leo complained all the way to the door. “Wait a minute. I'm not done yet.” The woman acted like she didn't understand a single word he said. As soon as she put him down he tried to run back in, but she quickly locked his personal door. “What the hell,” thought Leo. “This has never happened before.”

He ran around to his favorite window and looked in. There she was, Cleo, In the woman's lap. They were fawning all over each other. He could hear Cleo purring from the other side of the glass.

Leo was livid. “This is not right, not right at all.” He decided the next time he encountered Cleo he was going to set her straight. Bat her up side the head a couple of times and let her know who was boss.

That evening after dinner, Leo saw his chance. He walked up to Cleo and got in her face. “Listen here little lady. If I were you I'd pack my bags and hit the street. This is my place and I'm not about to share it with the likes of you.” For emphasis Leo swatted her. Cleo wasn't about to be bullied. She went after Leo and the fur began to fly.

Once again Leo found himself on the opposite side of the glass looking in at Cleo. This time she was curled up on the woman's lap.

“OK, that does it. Time to get my buddy, Gunther from the house next door over here. I'll get him to take care of this intruder once and for all.”

The plan was set. Leo would pretend to play nice and invite Cleo outside where Gunther would be waiting. He would put the fear in her and chase her so far away she wouldn't be able to find her way back home.

The next day everything went according to plan. Cleo came outside and Leo convinced her to check out the neighbors yard while he sat in a nearby field waiting for a mouse.

After twenty minutes he went looking for Gunther. He found him, befriending Cleo.

Gunther had betrayed him. Leo went back to the field... defeated.

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