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Private The Cat That Got The Canary… Or The Chicken That Is!

Carter J. Burke

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March 5th, Year 109
KFC, Radical Pointe
Participants: @Bernkastel


Financially speaking, working as a delivery driver for KFC wasn’t exactly ideal. Compared to having the position of an executive for Weyland Technologies, it was small potatoes - very small potatoes, indeed. However, the disappointing lack of money rolling in was compensated by being surrounded by delicious food, and having a good discount for it to boot.

Perhaps this was what made the job feel worthwhile enough to Carter Burke. Eventually he’d find his way out of the delivery job and into a more powerful and important role - there was always a chance that WeyTech would eventually reopen their doors - but for the time being he’d settle into the life of a KFC employee. In some ways, it felt like a well-earned vacation from real responsibilities after suffering the trauma of watching his old workplace and coworkers get blown to smithereens by a man in a golden mask.

As Burke was off delivery duty at the moment, he spent his time wiping off tables and answering phone calls. He was in the midst of cleaning a booth in the corner of the restaurant when he heard something fall off a surface. It sounded lightweight, which made him suspect it was simply a bucket of chicken being thrown onto the floor by a breeze blowing in.

Once he finished with the booth he turned in the direction to where he’d heard the sound - and then he saw a black blur zoom from one table to the next. Frowning, he stepped closer to one of the tables it had jumped from and looked down, only to find the empty bucket which had caused the noise. He bent down to cautiously pick the trash off from the tile, and that’s when he saw the feline culprit.

“H-hey.” Burke greeted the cat in a low voice as to not attract the attention of nearby customers. He’d learned to dislike cats after nearly losing his life to a creature that took one’s form.
“How’d you end up in here?”

 
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Bernkastel

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To be frank, Bernkastel was bored. Sure, she had only been in Pandora for a little while now, but nothing so far had entertained her in the way that she was looking for. What was a 1000 year old Witch to do, then? It wasn't like she could just leave Pandora and find somewhere else to cause trouble. So, in order to pass the time until something exciting happened, she often caused relatively minor problems in her cat form. Such was the case today as well.

Now, she had found herself in some kind of human restaurant. The stench of fried chicken was overwhelming, and there were crumbs and pieces of garbage all over the tables, booths, and floor. It definitely seemed like a place where its workers were severely underpaid for their efforts.

She jumped onto an uncleaned booth, looking around at the patrons sitting and talking. There was still an empty bucket and multiple napkins on the table, even thought nobody was sitting there. It was pathetic that they couldn't even be bothered to clean up their own mess. Humans really were stupid. In typical catlike fashion, Bernkastel shoved the bucket off of the table, then jumped underneath. It was then that she was confronted with one of the workers.

Unflinchingly, she looked directly into his eyes as he spoke. "Mrrrow." She meowed in response, flicking her tail back and forth. He looked nervous around her. Was it because her presence could spell disaster for the restaurant if the health inspectors came in? Or maybe it was something more... purr-sonal? She stepped a little closer to him, continuing to keep eye contact. "Mrrr..."

 
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Carter J. Burke

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Burke backtracked a bit, unnerved by the feline's steady gaze. Ever since his encounter with that malevolent monster which had used the form of a cat to deceive him, his opinion of such animals were low. Ripley’s ginger tom, Jones, might have been tolerable enough but he was from Earth and those were a lot more predictable than whatever resided in Pandora. For all he knew, this black cat's place of origin was another world entirely and for that reason, there was no telling what its abilities were. There was a good chance it wasn’t really a cat but a much deadlier sort of beast instead.

Regardless of its true identity, it gave off the appearance of something that did not have the right to lurk around a restaurant. If anybody else noticed its presence, that it was pouncing on and off tables, that would truly spell trouble for the reputation of KFC. The last thing Burke wanted was to lose this job so soon after his previous workplace had quite literally gone up in flames, so his current goal was clearly to remove the creature from the building - or the customers’ sight at least - and cover up the evidence that it had ever strolled in.

“Uhh...” Burke’s voice trailed off and he quickly averted his gaze from the feline’s. He needed to find something, anything, that could coax the cat to follow him into the back room and out the exit. Bread crumbs were out, as he was sure a carnivorous animal would hardly be interested in that, and there didn’t seem to be any small piece of chicken conveniently laying around. Doubting words would work on their own as they rarely did with even the most average of cats, it looked as if there was only one method left to use. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the kind he was particularly fond of.

“Come here, kitty,” he cooed quietly, approaching the animal with careful steps. Once he stood mere inches away, he crouched down to its level and made a couple of ‘tsk’ sounds to entice it just a bit more. Then, in one fell swoop, Burke scooped the cat into his arms and started to move hurriedly in the direction of the back room, bracing himself for a couple of scratches or worse in the meantime.

 
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Bernkastel watched his discomfort silently until he quickly scooped her up in his arms and started running towards the back. From how fast he skittered across the restaurant, she could tell just how anxious he was. It definitely was something more personal than just him not wanting her to disturb the customers. Perhaps it would be fun to scare him a little more, then...

With one swift, powerful motion, she pushed herself out of his arms, landing on a countertop and hissing at him loud enough to attract the attention of the other customers. Her ears folded back, she glared right at him with the intensity of a lioness out for blood. If he did get closer, or maybe if he stalled for too long, she was absolutely prepared to make a mess of his face.

 
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With the cat wrapped securely in his arms, Burke rushed for the back room door, ducking his head a bit in an attempt to hide the creature from sight. He ran the risk of getting his chin or entire face scratched up but the thought had barely occurred to him as opposed to being caught red-handed holding an animal and losing his new job. He was so close to the door, nearly out of trouble’s reaches. The furry one was struggling along the way and he could feel his grip on it loosening as he reached the doors in back.

It was right as he’d reached out to shove the doors open that the cat wriggled free and in using its feline reflexes, landed onto the counter top with ease. Burke whipped around to face it, rubbing the back of his neck nervously as it let out a loud, angry hiss. A couple of glances around the room showed him that customers were starting to take notice, some even leaving in disgust. This didn’t leave him much time to plan a reaction, so the first idea that sprung to mind was the one he used.

Immediately, Burke scooped the disgruntled feline under his arm and made a sprint for the open back doors, dropping it onto the tile floor the moment the doors shut behind him. Sighing harshly, he looked around his surroundings all while biting his fingernails out of nerves. Thankfully nobody else seemed to be hanging out in the back.

“Okay, you little troublemaker,” he said, putting his hands on his hips and glaring down at his furry acquaintance. “What is it you want so bad? Is it food? Water? A nice, warm place to sleep?” He wasn’t about to give it the latter, and he knew that feeding the cat in a restaurant wasn’t exactly the best idea either. Fortunately, the next door ahead of them led to an outside area where the garbage was kept, which gave him an idea. “Hey, you stay right there and I’ll getcha something tasty to eat, okay?” Burke instructed the cat before heading outside to fetch a stray piece of chicken off the top of the trash while leaving it to its own devices.

 
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Bernkastel sat quietly for a moment as he left out the back door, leaving her alone. How foolish of him. Hadn't he just called her a troublemaker less than a minute ago? She may as well live up to that title, in that case. Quickly, before he could come back, she jumped on the nearest surface, prowling around for something to knock over. Near the opposite edge was a glass full of water. Perfect. She angled her paw at just the right degree, and with one fell swoop, knocked it off of the counter. Upon impact, it broke, glass shards and water flying all over. She then looked at the door expectantly, waiting for him to come back.

 
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Burke made sure to select the largest chunk of chicken he was able to find off the top of the garbage, expecting that the more filled the pesky little feline’s stomach was, the less trouble it would cause. That was usually the case with cats or so that was his experience with them, but then again this was Pandora and few cats who lived there were normal. Nevertheless, he figured even the strangest of creatures could be calmed down with a treat. Except a Xenomorph, perhaps. Those things were pretty much impossible to tame.

He was just about to turn around and re-enter the room when the sudden crash of glass sounded off. “What now..?” Burke muttered to himself, racing back inside with the slippery piece of meat still gripped in his hand if barely. Upon entering through the door, he gave a sigh. The object his new friend had broken he found could have been a lot more important, he supposed, but it was still a mess and if anybody came in and saw such a sight the blame would be pinned not only on the cat, but himself as well.

“Okay,” he told the charcoal colored furball, his voice becoming stern. “I have had enough with the antics! I got you a snack, but if you want it then you're gonna have to go outside.” He dangled the piece of chicken just above the animal’s nose to get its attention, then tossed it out the door and made a gesture for it to leave. He then proceeded to search for a mop and a broom so he could clean up the mess the little rascal had created.

 
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