From Latest Novel – Book IV – NO’VA
Something bumped against his leg. Startled, Jenario looked down to see a curious tabby staring up at him.
“Where did you come from?” He reached down, allowing the cat to sniff his hand. The greeting was soon returned with a head-butt. A quick scratch behind the ears was momentarily satisfying before sitting at his feet once again. “I don’t recall anyone bringing a cat with them.” He turned back to his work and attempted to concentrate once more when the cat reached out with a paw. A tap to the leg made him look down. “Another rub for the road, huh?”
In response, the tabby turned toward camp, its tail flicking this way and that. It meowed, then looked back.
“Sorry, friend. No food for here.” He started pulling out another vial. “Might be some scraps at camp.”
A tap to his leg confirmed the cat was back at his side. Ignoring it only received a strong tug. When he felt claws dig into his pants, he tried to swat at it.
“Seriously?” Rubbing his leg, he noticed how the cat walked a few steps toward camp, then stopped and meowed. It soon came back to repeat the process. Finally, Jenario got the hint. “Okay, fine! I’m coming!” He balked at the idea of following a strange animal. “You don’t look starved. Spoiled, though.” He chuckled as he rose to grab his bags.
At first the cat took a path that led close to the campfire. Jenario halfway expected it to stop near the stew. When the cat walked past it, he hesitated. Passing on a food chance was not something he foresaw, so when it mewed softly for him to continue following, he carefully stepped around sleeping members. Every now and then it would peer over its shoulder to make sure he was still there. Soon, they arrived at the building where his family slept. It was at the opened doorway that the cat finally sat in waiting.
Jenario glanced at the doorway, then down at the cat. “So…what? What do you want, cat?” Large yellow orbs just stared up at him before shifting its attention to the room.
Not knowing what else to do, Jenario stepped inside. Cool darkness greeted him when he entered the framed-in foyer. If candles had been lit, they had long since gone out. His eyes were still adjusting while he tiptoed over to an unused corner to regroup his belongings. All the while his mind tried to find reason for the feline’s unusual behavior. When he glanced to the doorway, the cat was no longer there. He could only imagine what his friends might think of it.
“Those concoctions getting to your head, Jen!” Shafari’s voice came to mind.
That’s all I need right now is another mockery! He turned his focus to where his fiancée and son slept. He could see Tia’s form under the blankets. Just on the other side of her lay Abraham, though it looked a little small for a two-year-old boy. Jenario stepped closer, not recognizing the arrangements of blankets.
A sudden pang of fear rose up his spine. The bedding was all there, but it was empty.