Friday the 13th at the Alley Cat Disco

It was Friday the 13th, but Cuca decided to go out anyway.

He was headed for the Alley Cat Disco for a night of struttin’ his stuff.

I told him he should stay home, but would he listen? Not he. He had the pack of Black Cat cigarettes rolled up in his sleeve and a walletful of cash for drinks, and he was sporting his white spats. The cat’s meow, he.

He’d been there an hour (so he told me the next day) when in she walked: Kitty Puff, the girl of his dreams.

Cuca almost couldn’t believe it when Kitty sauntered up to him. “Buy a girl a drink?” she purred.

Now ordinarily, Cuca won’t even drink fermented milk. Adam’s Ale is his preferred beverage. But one look at those Max Catfor slickered lips, and Cuca lost his head.

Too bad, really. Somehow he found his way home at three in the morning, yowling “What’s New, Pussycat? Whoa-oh-oh!” at the top of his lungs. I let him in, whereupon he toppled onto the boot tray in a heap and snored until ten.

I say “Too bad,” because Cuca couldn’t remember a thing. He didn’t know if Kitty liked him, whether they’d talked, whether they’d danced. All he knew was he had an empty wallet and a head pounding from too many glasses of Gato Negro the night before. Cai and Fergus avoided him, for fear he’d reach for a hair of the dog.

“Never again,” he moaned. “Never again. Coffee, please. And an aspirin.”


Narrator: Lavenderbay

Starring: Cuca

Co-starring: Mourning Cloak Caterpillar



14 Responses to Friday the 13th at the Alley Cat Disco

  1. eyegillian says:

    I know Cuca has been all wild and rambunctious lately, but I didn’t realize he had a burr under his… er… saddle? I love the close-ups and the sordid tale — wonderfully told and illustrated!

  2. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks, Eyegillian! It was inspired partly by a gumshoe story that Pennycat wrote, starring cats, and partly by the caterpillar hanging out on the garage wall today.

  3. Jayne says:

    Loved the narrative 😉

  4. Good tale and a creepy crawly…


  5. lavenderbay says:

    E.g. had to ask me what “LMAO” stood for, Jayne. Luckily, I knew. Glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks, Gg! Toying with the zoom feature in my cheapie photo program can produce unexpected results sometimes.

  6. Very cute. Those closeups were baffling till the final reveal! This reminded me of this:

  7. lavenderbay says:

    The “Stray Cat Strut” — I can see the connection, Barefootheart.
    Interesting to know that you, in particular, couldn’t immediately guess what you were looking at.

  8. Tony says:

    The 1st caterpiller close up looks rather like some kind of alien. Now I know where Hollywood producers get their ideas from.

  9. S. Le says:

    That caterpillar is a bit freakish! I agree with Tony, Heaven help me!

  10. goodbear says:

    ha ha. too many glasses of gato negro. yeah, that would make the head pound!

    great post!

  11. lavenderbay says:

    It was the shiny white hairs on the first one that made me think of a disco ball, Tony, which provided the inspiration for the story. Your theory seems sound.

    I hope Evil Fred and Mr Bofur never experience bad hair days like that third picture, S. Le!

    Thanks, Goodbear! Y arriba Chile!

  12. PennyCat says:

    Yes, we know this situation, as Shedden gets hammered every now and then…..

  13. PennyCat says:

    Oh thanks for the props on inspiration……we need to get back into another story soon

  14. lavenderbay says:

    Shedden needs to not bother Daddy when he’s working. 😉
    You’re welcome, Pennycat; credit where credit is due.

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