Prompt: I would like to see our DD boys and girls along with their big cats having some fun and frolics in the snow after we only got a small taste of this in Calvin and Hobbs book...and any other THIRDS colleagues would be welcome to join in the playful games.
“Why did I agree to this again?” Calvin grumbled from beside Dex.
“Because your boyfriend is a big loveable dork who you’d do anything for, and there’s nothing more entertaining than watching a Felid hop through the snow like a giant rabbit.” As if on cue, Hobbs leaped onto a big pile of snow, his heavy weight sinking in and leaving nothing but his tail twitching high in the air making it look like the telescope of a submarine.
“He is such a dork,” Calvin said, shaking his head, though his smile couldn’t be any wider, and his blue eyes were filled with so much love for Hobbs. “Watch, now he’s going to need helping getting out.”
Sure enough, a low mew rose from the mound of snow, and the two of them broke into laughter. Calvin went off to dig Hobbs out of his mountain of snow. This part of Central Park was Therian friendly, as in they allowed Therians to play in their Therian forms. There were indoor changing rooms that were air conditioned in the summer, and heated in the winter, and vending machines that offered special PSTC protein bars and Gatorade.
Rosa, Letty, and Nina arrived with Seb, Hudson, Ash, and Cael. A huge tiger slinked close to Nina, and Dex was surprised to find it was Rafe.
“Well, I’ll be damned. Look who’s joining in the fun.”
Sloane chuffed beside him, and nudge his leg, looking for an ear scratch which Dex promptly gave. He crouched down in front of Sloane, smiling when Sloane nudged his big kitty nose against Dex’s.
“Yeah, I love you too.” He rubbed at Sloane’s fur before motioning behind him. “Remember the plan?”
Sloane looked over at Ash who had his face lifted, the winter breeze sweeping through his massive dark mane. It was so going to frizz once the snow got into it and melted it, and when it did, Dex would be ready to snag photographic evidence. Then he’d add them to his growing collection, one he planned to have compiled into a slideshow of Ash’s bad hair days.
A lick to his face snapped him out of it and he arched an eyebrow at his fiancé. “Really? Are you trying to freeze my face off?”
Sloane released a huff before rubbing his face against Dex’s chest. There was no way he couldn’t hug his fluffy Felid.
“Mm, you’re so warm.” Dex snuggled Sloane, his temperature dropping, but not enough for him to need the extra layers he brought with him. He pulled back, and tugged on Sloane’s ear. “You ready?” Sloane batted his arm away, making him laugh. “Operation Distract Ash is a go!”
Sloane took off like a furry snowplow, something he’d clearly learned from Ash.
Seb and Hudson bounded by, and Cael was chirping his little face off as he wriggled around in the snow making his own Felid-shaped snow angel. Calvin was done digging his boyfriend out of the snow. Hobbs chuffed, and tore off after his brother and Hudson.
“Hey, Dex.” Rosa hugged him tight. Her big brown eyes filled with concern. “How are you feeling?”
Dex shrugged. “The hot flashes come and go.”
Letty shook her head, her lips pressed together to keep herself from laughing. Dex narrowed his eyes.
“Laugh it up, Guerrera. This will be you in a few years.”
“A few?” Letty punched him in the arm. Hard. Dex couldn’t help his snicker at her indignant glare.
“What? It’s all part of getting older. You can’t fight nature.”
She flipped him off before storming away to Dex’s cackle. Calvin stared at him like he’d lost his mind.
“You’re either the bravest guy I know, or the dumbest. The verdict is still out there on that one.”
“What? It’s fine.” Just as he’d said the words, he got beamed in the head with a snowball that almost knocked him off his feet.
“Ouch! The fuck!” He rubbed the side of his head, and turned to glare at Letty who was looking far to smug for her own good. “Jesus Christ, woman. You trying to kill me?”
“Pfft. You’re the only Human we know with nine lives, Daley,” Letty said as she walked over, what looked like a snow cannonball in her gloved hand.
Dex batted his lashes at her. “Half Human actually.” He rubbed at his head. “I’m waiting for my catlike reflexes to kick in.”
“Lord help us all,” Calvin muttered.
“Glad to see Rafe came along,” Dex said, motioning to the huge tiger making his way over. He sat on his haunches beside Nina, and rubbed his big furry head against her leg. She smiled sweetly at him, and scratched him behind his ears.
“He didn’t want to miss out on the fun.”
Hobbs chuffed in the distance, and they looked up to find him swatting pawfuls of snow at Seb before Seb tackled him to the ground. Rafe huffed out a breath, and headed off toward his brothers. Dex noticed the sadness that came into Nina’s eyes.
She blinked at him, as if not realizing she’d slipped away there for a moment. “Yeah, sorry. He’s hurting today, but he was determined to come. His relationship with Ethan is going so well, he doesn’t want to miss anything. It pains him that he wasn’t there for Ethan growing up, and he wants to make up for some of that lost time.”
Rafe wasn’t moving as quick as his brothers, but he gave as good as he got. When Seb pounced on his tail, Rafe whipped out a paw, and smacked him in the head. Seb flopped over into the snow, paws up in surrender. Hobbs was too stinking adorable for words as he nuzzled Rafe who sat in the snow, head held high like a regal king surveying his kingdom.
“We’re going to play tug of war,” Rosa said. “You in?”
“I’ll join you in a minute. There’s something I need to do first.” Dex waited until everyone was busy getting the snow mound ready for the tug of war. “Don’t forget to get Hudson on your team,” he called out. If there was rope tugging being done, you wanted a wolf Therian on your team. One they got their jaws on a rope, there was no letting go. Dex chuckled to himself because he knew once the game was over, the girls were going to have one hell of a time getting that rope away from Hudson.
Scanning the field, he saw a big furry black thing whiz by, followed by a bouncing, chirping Cael as they chased Ash. Perfect. He quickly found the right spot, and began his abominable snow Ash. He’d have to work fast, but he could totally do it. Sloane managed to get Ash in on the tug of war, so their grumpy Felid friend would be busy for a while. There was no way Ash would pass up a chance to win and gloat about it. Dex pushed heaps of snow together, patting it firmly as quick as he could. He piled lots of snow on one end, then the other, extended the snow on the front half as wide as he could. He needed the snow to be as firm as possible. He had plans. Big plans. When optimal Ash annoyance was on the line, there was no time for dillydallying. He pulled the sculpting tool out of his pocket. Oh yeah, it was on now.
Part Three next week. Copyright © 2018 Charlie Cochet. THIRDS published by Dreamspinner Press.