500 Word Short Story
Leo and Cleo: Leo on the Lam
Scott A. Gese


500 Word Short Story

Leo the cat was relaxing on Rita's lap when they were rudely interrupted by a knock at the door. She carried Leo with her as she got up to see who it was. Leo could see who it was through the door's glass. “Oh no,” he thought. “It's...the fat woman from down the street where Brutus lives. She's going to try to squeeze me. I need to get the hell out of here fast.”

Rita answered the door. “Well hello Chloris. How are you today?”

“Why I'm just fine, thank you. I was wondering if... oh my goodness, is that Leo? Can I hold him. I wish he and Brutus got along better.”

Fat chance in hell,” thought Leo.

Rita started to hand Leo to Chloris. “Good God in heaven. Don't do it. Maybe if I go limp I can slide out of her arms.”

As Chloris grabbed Leo he hung from her hands like a limp dishrag. She pulled him close to her overly plump bosom and sucked him in tight. “I just love this cat.”

Leo couldn't take it. He sprang to life and sunk his claws into her chest as he pushed away. The woman screamed and let him go. Leo ran for his life. He went through the cat door and kept going to the field next door where he hid under a bush.

His friend, Gunther, saw Leo streak by. “What's up, Leo?” asked Gunther. “You look like you've seen a ghost.”

Worse. The fat lady got her hands on me.”

Ooo, that's bad”

That ain't the half of it. I'm sure I scratched her trying to get away.”

Oh, that's real bad. Brutus is going to be on the prowl for you.”

As they talked, they could see Chloris leave the house and head toward home. It only took a few minutes before they spotted Brutus heading their way.

Oh shit, here he comes,” remarked Leo.

Don't worry, Leo. I have your back.”

Me too,” came a voice from behind. It was Cleo. “The fat lady was bleeding and crying when she left the house. You got her good.”

Maybe she'll know better than to squeeze me next time.”

Brutus made a bee line for Leo. “I hear you clawed the woman I live with. I'm gonna rip you a new one just like you did her, only worse.”

Gunther and Cleo stepped up next to Leo. “You're going to have to take on all three of us then you big bully.” replied Cleo.

Brutus backed down. “You ain't getting off the hook forever, Leo. Watch your back 'cuz I'll be stalking you.” Brutus sprayed the nearby bushes and walked off.

You two want to back me up when I go home,” asked Leo.

No way buddy. You're on your own with Rita.” Gunther and Cleo walked off.

Leo decided to postpone the inevitable. He spent the afternoon hunting for a mouse.

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