CAT-ASTROPHE

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. That made me laugh. Thanks, Iain

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  2. I had to smile, as they say, the best lay’s plans.

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    1. Zoom calls rarely go to plan!

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  3. Dear Iain,

    Can’t help but laugh at this one. And maybe blush a little as well. Prescient cat, that one. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle, the cat knows how to embarrass its owner 😉

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  4. HAHAHAH!! Loved it!

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  5. lol, as I was reading through titles I missed that one. To me it shows that he puts his partner’s pleasure above his own, so I don’t see a huge deal 😉 Good one

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  6. Buahahahaha! When Rochelle asked for this picture, I considered cropping it further.. ahem… maybe I should have…

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    1. Then I would have lost my punchline! 😄

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      1. There is that… so. You’re welcome!

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  7. This one had me laughing. I would think everyone would be interested in that title 🙂

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    1. Certainly a book we could all learn from 😂

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  8. And what’s wrong with a man studying female orgasm? 😉

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    1. Nothing, but maybe not in front of work colleagues 🤔😅

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  9. Chuckles, Iain … Cats like kids have a way of embarrsaing us
    like when they use the litter box when you have guests. LOL
    Fun story … Isadora 😎

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  10. 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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    1. One or two! Happy it gave you a laugh 😃

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  11. Oh my, how many times have we seen awful politicians trying to bug them selves up these last 2 years, fortunately for us we can tell they are Twits by the slurry coming from their mouths

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  12. 😀 Another workplace zoom call gone wrong!

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    1. It’s a genre all on it’s own now!

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  13. Laughed out loud about the cute and clever setup. The colleagues should respect him even more though. I bet female colleagues would have applauded.

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    1. Haha perhaps you are right! 😊

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  14. Ha! The perils of Zoom. And he prepared so carefully too. I have a Doctor Who bobblehead in view on my shelf!

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    1. Zoom has given a new insight into people’s lives for sure!

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  15. Hilarious, Iain. Great take.

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  16. And such a well-trained cat at that. Fun one, Iain.

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  17. A pussy cat with a sense of humour! Nice one, Iain.

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  18. i can’t understand why he’d get dinged for that. oh well. 🙂

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  19. Trying to tell you something?

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    1. Put up to it by a wife or girlfriend perhaps!!

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  20. Little mischief maker! Aw…

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  21. 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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    1. It has opened up a whole new window into people’s lives. Thanks Margaret

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  22. I read this quite literally two minutes before getting onto a Zoom call! So funny – thanks for the giggle!

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    1. You’re welcome, glad you enjoyed 😉

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  23. A very neat and appropriate story for the Zoom era – l love the bookshelves and other stuff behind people I see interviewed on TV.

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    1. It’s fascinating to see what people read. Thanks Jilly

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  24. 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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    1. Thank you. I’m sure it would make for an interesting and revealing read!

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  25. Oh no!
    Hahaha brilliant
    Bloody cats! They’ll find your weakness and expose them. This was a fun read

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  26. Brilliant! Ohhh no…and I thought someone in the background farting was embarrassing…A fun read!

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  27. Oh no.. that was a cat-astrophe.. good one

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  28. interesting selection

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  29. 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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    1. Thank you Natasha 😊

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  30. lol That was wonderful, Iain. Gotta love all of the possibilities (good and bad) of the Zooming world!

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    1. It has been a whole new world. Thanks Sascha

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  31. Oy that must have struck all the new people as a smidge too forward and risque..even for a cat

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    1. On a first meeting, for sure!

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  32. The cat ruined it by making it obvious!
    There really is a book with the same title 🙂

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    1. There is – not one I have read though 🙂

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