“Did you want this on you instead?” He asked, holding the ribbon up and looking at it.
You lowered your head for him to tie it around your neck and he did so, ending it in a neat little bow before giving you a little head scratch.
“So how do I look?” You meowed.
He smiled, “thanks C/N, you know what? Sometimes I think you can actually understand me.” He said with a lopsided smile and gentle chuckle.
“Yeah? well that’s because I CAN understand you.” You chuckled internally.
He continued to scratch your head then stroked your gently between your ears, running his hand down your spine to your tail as you allowed your eyes to close and enjoy his touch.
“I … I’m really happy you’re here with me C/N.” He said softly and you opened your eyes to see him gazing fondly at you.
You looked away quickly to hide the blush creeping onto your face and quickly jumped off the bed, trotting out the door to the lounge room.
“Was it something I said?” You heard Shinsou call with a laugh as you disappeared around the corner.
The next day was Friday and Shinsou didn’t go to school that day either, opting to just chill at home with you watching TV and downing snacks.
“You want another chip, C/N?” He asked through a mouthful of food as he reached into the chip packet again.
You were sitting upright, neatly beside him with tail wrapped around your side and paws, watching the TV. The way you were sitting was like how you’d sit on a ‘first time alone with your boyfriend in his house’ type situation… nervous and self conscious.
You turned your head to him and opened your mouth for him to put the chip in between your teeth and he gave you a crooked smile and a light little chuckle through his nose as he settled back again with his arm slung across the back of the couch.
“Ahhhhh I can’t believe I’m chillin’ on the couch with the guy I have a crush on and he has his arm across the back of the lounge being all cool and we’re eating chips and … and… THIS IS AWESOME!….but the only bummer is he thinks I’m a cat. So there’s no way he could be developing feelings for me so it’s just a platonic owner/cat relationship and I-.”
“C/N?? Hey! You listening?”
Shinsou’s voice snapped you out of your internal monologue and you looked at him quickly. He was holding out another chip to you and you sheepishly leaned over and took it between your teeth.
“I didn’t know cats could just space out like that.” He said with a laugh as he settled back against the lounge.
You just slowly and guiltily looked back at the TV without making a sound.
“Shit I’d better watch myself, I need to make sure I’m as… cat… as possible… otherwise I’m gonna blow my cover.” You thought internally as you chewed on the chip.
You heard Shinsou chuckle softly from beside you and you turned your head slightly to look at him from the corner of your eye.
He was looking at you lovingly with those tired deep purple eyes and your heart skipped a beat as he gave you a lop-sided grin.
He didn’t say anything as he reached out and stroked your back.
“I wish I knew what he was thinking.” You thought as you shut your eyes slightly and purred at his touch.
The rest of the weekend was pure happiness as far as you were concerned. Just chilling with your crush/owner, staying home and binge watching tv till all hours while eating all the food possible.
Monday morning Shinsou was up early.
You raised your head sleepily from where you were sleeping on the lounge chair and stretched.
“Morning C/N.” Shinsou yawned as he passed you and scratched your head with one hand while reaching up under his shirt to scratch his stomach with the other.
“Morning.” You meowed softly at him.
“I need coffee.” He mumbled as he walked into the kitchen and switched the machine on before rubbing his heavily bagged eyes. “Why does school have to start so damn early.” He mumbled unhappily.
“I hear ya man, so why not ditch school and stay home with me instead?” You meowed as you rolled off the lounge and wandered around to his legs before rubbing against them.
“You hungry too C/N?” He asked in his just woke up voice.
“Umm well, not really but I could go a coffee too?” You meowed in reply.
You eyed the bench and lined it up, taking a step back and doing your signature little butt wiggle before springing up to get up onto it.
Naturally, you slipped and had to cling onto the edge like Mufasa in the Lion King, meowing for help from the oblivious Shinsou who hadn’t seen your valiant attempt to make it up onto the bench.
“What the!?” He exclaimed when he looked over to see you clinging for dear life to the edge of the bench. “C/N, honestly, I’ve asked you this before but are you even a cat? You’re so fucking clumsy!” He commented as he reached over and scooped you up onto the bench with one hand.
“Ok well first of all… yeah ok, I’m not really a cat but still, that shit hurted. Why you gotta say stuff like that? It’s not my fault I’m not a perfect cat.” You meowed grumpily.
Just then the coffee machine beeped to signal it had finished making the coffee and you and Shinsou inhaled deeply at the beautiful rich aroma, like it would revive your soul just by smelling the rich scent.
“Lemme have some?” You meowed pleadingly as he picked up the now full coffee pot and poured some into a mug.
“Uh! No, no, no, this is mine.” Shinsou said with a chuckle as he held a hand out to stop you from getting too close to his coffee.
“Hey listen, I need coffee as much as you do!” You meowed in protest as he lifted the cup to his lips and sipped it slowly.
“Nectar of the gods.” He almost moaned, still holding you at bay with one hand.
He put the cup down and scooped you up off the bench, cradling you in his arms as he walked back to his bedroom.
“Hey woah, hold up…where you taking me?” You meowed as he plopped you down on the bed.
“I’m just going to get changed. You stay here though, I don’t trust you near my coffee.” He said as he walked over to the wardrobe and pulled out his school uniform.
“Well yeah, I understand why you don’t trust me but that’s not going to stop me from stealing your coffee.” You snickered internally as you gave his bedroom doorway a sidelong glance before looking back to where Shinsou had just finished taking his shirt off and you gulped when you saw his toned back. “Dayum boi.”
A/N: This chapter is dedicated to my baby Arlo, as I wrote some of this chapter while in labour lol ❤️