That afternoon the cats wondered in for the meeting, some looking worse for wear, or a bit under the weather. After clambering for places, they started to settle in.
Wizard and Tootie
Comet and Ceaser
Squeakie and Unkie
Koki and Sukie
Snuggles and Raven
“Get out of that garbage, Tootie,” Comet yelled and shot her pistol in the air to bring the meeting to order.
“I just wanted to see if the chef threw away any decent scraps today,” Tootie raised her head and then went back to searching the can again. Some scraps of paper and several wrappers fell out onto the broken cement.
“Hey, I haven’t had dinner yet,” a couple of the cats scurried over to investigate.
Ceaser cleared his throat. “Let’s get this meting started,” he roared.
“Okay,” Tootie relented and jumped out of the can, stopping to examine her paws and give herself a lick here and there to smooth her dappled fur. “Come on guys,” she urged and they found places against the warehouse wall.
“Lord you are gettin’ fat, girl,” Wizard said as he watched her waddle over, his hat resting on his knee.
“What do ya mean? It’s just my fur!” Tootie exclaimed in her defense. “I’m skinny under here. You’re just jealous of my nice coat.”
“Yeah, it’s nice,” Wizard replied, “but I think it hides your body well.”
“Quit fooling around,” Comet yelled. “This isn’t about beauty or etiquette. We’re here to defend our territory. Ceaser has something important to say.”
After some commotion with the felines arguing, flinging garbage to the side, and cans rattling, the cats settled in to listen to the boss.
Comet banged a trash can lid with the butt of her gun, using it as a gong. “This meeting is called to order.”
“Thanks Comet,” Ceaser stepped forward, looking smart in his leather vest. Using the trashcan as a podium, he cleared his throat again and began.
“You all know we have a problem with Big Daddy trying to take over the whole town.” Mumbles and nods went through the crowd.
“He has his own section of the hood,” a cat called out.
“Well, it seems that’s not enough. He’s wrangled his way into my territory,” Ceaser explained. “I intend to take care of that matter immediately.”
“That’s not good,” mumbles go through the gathered felines.
“No,” Ceaser agreed. “So I need you all here to back me up. We need to settle this.”
“Maybe you could challenge him to a duel,” Comet offered. “I’ll loan you my pistol.”
“No duel.” Ceaser held up his arms to silence the crowd. “I think we need to settle this cat-to-cat in a good old-fashioned scrap.”
“Here, here,” voices rallied from the crowd.
A few days later, Big Daddy showed up to prowl the alley. He made it his business to sniff the females and pinch them on the behind. A few slaps ensued, but the big cat just arched his eyebrows and moved on, pushing the males out of the way.
He was a big brute, his muscles flexing under his yellow coat.
“Are you ready for that, boss,” Comet flinched from her place down the alley and made a face.
“I’m as big as he is,” Ceaser exclaimed, “and I intend to defend my territory.”
After a few words, the cats squared off face-to-face. Ceaser’s gang stood by, waiting and watching for the action to begin. The girls lifted their skirts as a distraction, but that didn’t do any good.
Hissing and growling, the two big cats became a ball of yellow, black, and white fur as they rolled around the alleyway, punching, scratching and biting. Ceaser took a big bite of Big Daddy’s ear.
“You think you’re such a bad ass,” Big Daddy roared. He was mad and tore into Ceaser trying to get some flesh.
“This town is big enough for both of us,” Ceaser yelled panting as he took one to the leg. He fell in the alley and kicked Big Daddy hard in the gut as he came close. The yellow tom rolled over and took a swipe with a bloody paw. With fangs showing, he kept swiping until he could right himself and pounce on Ceaser again.
Ceaser bit through his shoulder and blood spurted onto the pavement. Ceaser’s troops moved in to help secure Big Daddy if needed. Ceaser kept his grip on the yellow guys shoulder, as he darted away from his swinging fists. The yellow tom finally conceded defeat, so Ceaser let him up.
He sat licking his wounds. They decided to call a truce with half the town going to each tomcat.
“Fine, I’ll stay in my half, but I better not catch you over there,” Big Daddy grumbled and finally slinked off to take care of his gashes.
Comet ran to Ceaser to examine him. “My hero,” she said, throwing her arms around him. “I’m glad you wore that leather vest I gave you. I think it really helped. You saw the shape Big Daddy was in when he left here.”
“You might be right, Comet, but I told you this town was big enough for the both of us.”
“Let’s get you cleaned up, big boy,” she said, purring.
“I think this is excitin’ and calls for a celebration. What did you boys do with that beer?” Wizard got up from his place on an old wood crate, a lady on each arm.
“Comin’ right up,” the cats yelled and it wasn’t long the alleyway was turned into a party house.