Cat Attack 2/? PG-13
- Title: Cat Attack
Author: CattyGirl (therealcattygrrl@...)
Genre: Silly fic
Summary: The cats arrive
Archive: Sure. Just let me know
Disclaimer: Not mine. I own nothing - not even my life. Muses stole
that away years ago.
Notes: After vanishing off the face of the earth for several months, I'm back!!
Deepest apologies for going missing like that, but life dumped a whole load of
problems on me all at once, and I had to deal with them. If anyone wants to
reread the first bit, it's at
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/hicbibi/fic/catattack1.html (yes!! I have a
website!! *g*) Okay, I'll shut up now :-)
Jubilee added the empty cat basket to the pile forming in the corner of the
room, then bent to disentangle a playful kitten from her feet.
"I've got a bad feeling about this," she muttered.
"I didn't realise precognition was part of your mutation, Jubes," Bobby teased,
adding another basket to the pile. "You been keeping something from us?"
"I don't need precognition to know something's going to go wrong," she retorted.
"Especially with the Wolvmeister around. First time one of those furballs
wanders into his room, Ms. Summer's gonna be explaining to her aunt just how
come darling Fluffy got gutted."
"I didn't think of that," Bobby admitted, then brightened. "Still, all we have
to do is keep them shut up in this wing of the house. Problem solved."
"Maybe," Jubilee agreed dubiously. "As long as there aren't any budding Houdinis
in this bunch." She waved a hand at the cats scattered all around the room.
"Houdinis?" He looked blank, and Jubilee rolled her eyes.
"Houdini? You know, the famous escapologist. Used to escape from chained up
boxes and stuff."
"Oh." He didn't look that much wiser, but Jubilee chose not to push the subject.
"That was the last basket, wasn't it?" Bobby asked. Jubilee glanced round the
room quickly before nodding in agreement.
"Looks that way. Let's get out of here before Ms. Summers decides it's time for
these kitties to be fed."
The pair of them picked their way across the room towards the door, hampered by
various cats looking for attention. One started yowling when they ignored it,
and Bobby winced. "I sure hope they're not gonna keep that up all the time."
"It'd certainly make sleeping difficult," Jubilee agreed, reaching out for the
door handle. Making sure all the cats were well away from the door, she pulled
it open a crack, only to have to slam it closed as several inquisitive felines
made a beeline for the glimpse of freedom.
"Now what are we gonna do?" she muttered in disgust.
"I could always make an ice wall to keep them away from the door," Bobby
suggested, removing yet another kitten that had decided to play with his shoes.
"It ought to stay intact long enough for us to get through."
Jubilee nodded, then frowned. "I don't think the professor's gonna be too
pleased if you ruin the carpets in here," she pointed out.
Bobby shrugged nonchalantly. "I think he's used to it by now. Anyway, the carpet
probably isn't going to be looking too good after this bunch has been living on
it for a few weeks."
Jubilee snorted. "Cats don't do that much damage, Bobby. I think we'd be better
of trying another way first. How about if you keep the cats away from the door
while I go through and shut the hall doors. That way, if any cats get loose when
you're leaving, they won't get far."
Bobby didn't look convinced, but he wasn't prepared to argue with a Jubilee in
bossy mode over something this trivial. Obediently kneeling down, he started
trying to push cats back from the door. Waiting for a moment when he seemed to
have them reasonably under control, Jubilee pulled the door open just wide
enough to slip through, closing it hurriedly behind her. Leaning against the
wall briefly, she heaved a sigh of relief before jogging off down the hall to
close the doors into the rest of the house, hoping no-one chose this moment to
take a short cut.
Bobby was beginning to feel rather overwhelmed by the time the door behind him
"C'mon, Ice-boy." Jubilee whispered. "All set."
"And about time too," he whispered back, pausing as a thought struck him. "Why
are we whispering?"
"I have no idea." Jubilee used a more normal volume. "Hurry up, will you?"
"I'm coming, I'm coming." Edging backwards, he stayed stooped over, pushing cats
away from him. Waiting for Jubilee to push the door open wide enough for him to
get through, he hurriedly backed through it and shut the door, trying not to
squash any cats in the process.
Jubilee grabbed for a half-grown cat that had managed to run through the door.
She missed, and it took off down the hallway as if it was being chased by a pack
of dogs. Bobby swore softly as he looked up in time to see it vanishing round
"It's okay - the door's closed," Jubilee informed him. "Besides, only letting
one escape is a pretty good result." She headed off down the corridor after the
cat, the other mutant trailing along behind.
"It's going to take forever to catch that cat," he complained.
Jubilee shrugged. "Then I guess we'd better get started, hadn't we?"
They'd cornered the cat by the doors at the end of the corridor - again. It felt
like they'd been chasing the little tabby creature up and down the hall for at
least an hour, although Bobby's watch claimed it had only been ten minutes.
Getting ready to make another attempt at capture, they froze as the door handle
"Don't come in!" Jubilee called loudly, alarmed by the thought of the cat
escaping into the rest of the mansion. "We've got a loose cat in here."
Silence for a few moments. Kitty's face abruptly materialised through the door,
making the other two students jump. "Problems?" she asked. "I couldn't hear you
properly from the other side of the door."
Taken by surprise by the unexpected voice, the cat whirled and crouched low to
the ground, growling softly. Seeing her chance, Jubilee pounced, only to fall
flat on her face as the cat neatly avoided her and fled back down the corridor.
Kitty sighed. "Really, Jubes. Don't you know anything about catching cats?"
"Well, excuse me." The other girl sat back up and dusted herself off. "You're
welcome to try, if you think you can do better.
Kitty stepped the rest of the way through the door. "Okay, then, I will. You two
stay here." She headed round the corner after the cat. Abandoned, the other two
students exchanged glances and shrugged. "I wonder how long it'll take her to
give up?" Bobby wondered aloud.
"I've no idea, but I've got this horrible feeling she's going to make us look
like complete idiots.. again."
"Again? When was the last time she managed to make us look like idiots?"
"You really want me to answer that question?" Jubilee grinned wickedly, then
hauled herself to her feet. "It seems rather too quiet down there - I'm going to
go take a look. Just in case she needs any help."
"I don't need any help at all," Kitty's voice drifted down the corridor. "In
fact, I've caught her for you."
"How did you manage that!?" Bobby demanded, jogging to catch up with Jubilee.
"For that matter, how do you know it's a 'her'?"
"I don't know it's a girl, but it looks like one." Kitty scrambled to her feet
as the other two came round the corner, keeping a firm grip on the cat. "Here
you go - problem solved. And how I managed it is my secret - I'm not telling."
"It's not over yet. We've still got to get it back into the room with the
others." Bobby looked unhappy at the prospect, not to mention bewildered at how
easily Kitty had caught the cat.
"I'll do it," Kitty told him calmly, and Jubilee grinned.
"Thanks, girl. I was reaching the end of my tether with that... creature."
Kitty grinned. "She's only a cat, Jubes."
The other two exchanged rueful glances. "Only a cat?" Bobby grinned. "You have
no idea what you're letting yourself in for here, do you?"
Kitty glanced from one to the other, and her face fell at the expressions of
glee on their faces. "Uh oh."
Jubilee nodded. "That sums it up nicely."
~ to be continued....