05 Jan 2012

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Posted 05 Jan 2012 10:39
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Getting into Trouble

The cougar rested a paw on the small dog's shoulder.  It had taken a long while for the canine to fall asleep.  The cat had heard him sniffling from his own room, and his heart went out to the poor German Shepherd.  Even now, he could see the lines of matted fur where the tears had been flowing.  The cougar stayed sitting on the edge of the bed, paw on the younger dog's shoulder, just staring at the unfortunate pup.

He, too, had heard the argument.  His parents hadn't exactly been quiet.  He was old enough not to succumb to tears, but young enough to want to.  Still, he wanted to be strong for the pup.

He hadn't known the Shepherd for long.  Only about three months, actually.  Still, he cared for the canine.  Everyone else called him Trouble with varying degrees of affection and annoyance, but the teenage cougar called him Niko.  He wasn't even sure if anyone else knew the dog's real name: Nikolaos.  Niko seemed almost resigned to his sometimes not-so-affectionate nickname, but the feline felt it was important for him to remember he had another name.

Niko let a small whimper in his sleep and curled up reflexively.  The cougar rubbed Niko's arm.  "Shh."

A tear finally slipped from the cougar's eye--not for his parents, but for the young pup sleeping in front of him.  The pup really didn't deserve his nickname.  He wasn't trying to be trouble.  He simply had never had a chance to learn.  He had been through a few foster homes, the feline knew.  He also knew it wouldn't take many more before Niko gave up entirely.  Niko didn't really try to live up to expectations because he didn't think he ever could.  Getting a smile out of the pup was a difficult task.  The cougar did his best, and Niko seemed to be warming to him.  Now, though, the feline wasn't sure what would happen.

It sounded like this was it.  His parents were finally fed up.  It didn't bother him as much as it should have.  They had fought a lot, though, and he had never been to close to them.  He thought he remembered them being better when he was younger, but it was so long ago that it blurred in his mind.  Niko was taking it hard, though, and the teen wasn't sure what would happen to him.

His name had come up a few times in the argument: Roger was supposedly better off with both of them over the other.  Niko's name hadn't come up once.  Not even his nickname.  The antique china cabinet had caused more debate than Niko.    Roger absentmindedly rubbed his brother's shoulder.  At least, that was how Niko felt to him: a brother.  He was really opening up around Roger, and he was actually a decent kid.  He also made Roger feel a lot less lonely around home.  If things kept up like this, though, Niko might end up somewhere else.  Maybe the next home would be better, but the last few hadn't, it seemed, and Roger really cared about the dog.

Niko whimpered again, clinging to his blanket.  Roger sighed and laid down behind Niko, sliding under the covers.  He wrapped his arms around the pup and closed his eyes.  There was no telling what would happen tomorrow, but he could at least comfort Niko tonight.

Tyrse Styles 2 years ago 0
Yeah sad was a good tag for this one, really makes you wanna tear up. 5/5
Revresbo 2 years ago 0
Thanks for the comment and the rating. I'm not happy to make people tear, but I'm glad I got the emotions across.
trailstoride 2 years ago 0
*nods quietly* Sad indeed. Such a tragedy. Makes me want to hug both of them. -_-

A short story, but it doesn't always take many works to convey emotions so powerfully. Very well written. *hugs*
Revresbo 2 years ago 0
*hugs back* Yay, hugs! Always good for those.

Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked it.
Kevin_J 2 years ago 0
Sequel? I hope things end up alright for them. I'm not sure exactly what's going on though...Is the cougar the biological son of the "parents", and the dog a foster kid? That's what I got from it.
Also, it sounds like the parents are heading for a divorce?
Revresbo 2 years ago 0
Not sure about a sequel. Maybe. A distinct possibility. We'll see. And it's never outright stated, but you're deductive skills are right on. I'm glad I managed to leave enough clues to make it understandable.
Huskyteer 2 years ago 0
Aww. I'd like to see more about these guys and their relationship - I need to know things turn out OK for them!
Revresbo 2 years ago 0
Wow... this story is generating more interest than I expected. At this rate, there'll probably be a sequel. Give the people what they want and all that.
Kyroo Echoes 2 years ago 0
Happened when I was six...
Revresbo 2 years ago 0
Awww... I'm sorry to hear that. I personally have no experience with anything like this, but I feel for you.