It had worked. The strategically placed books – Hugo, Zola, Harari – showing his new colleagues he was an educated reader. A man of philosophical thought. A last minute decision to move Michael J. Fox and some puzzle books into view showed he also understood modern culture and had thoughtful pastimes.

Even the cat showing up had worked in his favour, got some laughs, extracted declarations of cat-loving from several of his new team.

Then the laughter changed. They weren’t listening to him. Hands covered smirks. There was pointing. He turned to see the cat pushing a book into view: ‘Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm.’

Call disconnected.

Copyright Dale Rogerson

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

73 responses to “CAT-ASTROPHE”

  1. HAHAHA! I wish you could hear me laughing. That little stinker. I’m sure everyone has that secret stash of books that aren’t meant to be seen by others’ eyes.

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  2. Funny story. I’m thinking that cat knew what it was about – maybe wanting a bit more attention? About the book display – I actually always try to see what’s on the bookshelves behind people when they are interviewed for TV in their offices. It really is quite interesting.

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  3. Brilliant! I got a good laugh out of that one. I noticed that book, too, and got a laugh out of it being co-written by a man. That’s next-level mansplaining. “Let me tell you how your orgasm works.”

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  4. That was indeed such a damper for him.
    Poor fella! And then to have people judge him from across the screen. (I’m assuming it was a Zoom call lol!)

    This was funny and the cat was out of the bag, literally!

    Throughly enjoyed the twist to the tale, Iain.

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