David Emami looked at his cat, Fred, and said, “Poor girl. You need a friend to keep you company when I’m away from the apartment.”
Fred looked indifferent. “Why don’t I get a companion for you? Someone you can play with?”
David patted Fred’s head, causing her to run away. “I’ll pick a good one. You’ll see!” David then put on his coat and made his way to the Oregon Humane Society to adopt a new cat.
Getting a cat was no small matter in David’s mind. To David, a cat was a member of the family, and he wanted to choose one that would fit well with Fred. He knew he wanted another female, because the last thing he wanted in his apartment was feline fornication, as he called it. Beyond that, he had no idea what type he would end up with.
When he arrived, he excitedly approached the door and quickly made his way to the cat wing of the building. His heart broke as he saw dozens of cats in cold, sterile cages.
“They sure don’t make these cages comfortable,” he said to one of the volunteers.
“Oh, they are very comfortable,” said the volunteered assuredly.
Annoyed, David responded, “How do you know? Do you speak feline? Have you sent out a survey?” The volunteer smiled and quickly left the room.
David perused the cats. Some were playful and wanting attention, while others were feisty and looked like they wanted to kill you. At last, David found a cat that was obscenely overweight and had a single, oozing eye while the other one was missing entirely. David smiled at the hefty, short-haired, tan cat and said, “Well, aren’t you the belle of the ball?” The cat looked at him, then fell back asleep. It was just the cat that David wanted.
When David arrived home with his new family member, he set it free and Fred was not impressed. They hissed at each other for a solid minute until David intervened. He said, while petting his new cat, “Fred, I’d like you to meet Barbra Streisand. Barbra Streisand, I’d like you to meet Fred. You two will be the best girlfriends before you know it!”
David Emami is Alone in Portland is a collection of stories that peer into the life of a middle-aged curmudgeon with a fondness for cats and antiques.
Playfully illustrated with Bitmoji characters, his story comes to life as each day brings a new adventure.
He was obsessive compulsive and mad about antiques. The apartment was covered, top to bottom, in decor that would be more aligned with that of an old woman that peaked in the 1960s. david-emami-takes-on-portland.html
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