!! DISCLAIMER: This story was not written by me. It was written by another person who deleted his account on DeviantArt. Im not sure if I should mention him or not because I don't know if he deleted all of the stories because he doesn't want to be associated with it anymore. Sadly he didn't answer on my attempts to contact him. But I love this story so much that I think it has to be online and readable !!
Soft mewing sounds filled the air around me, and I couldn’t help but smile. I gently licked the heads of my kittens as they happily fed from my milk. There wasn’t a runt in my litter, and I had no greater desire than to continue being a mother to my sweet, sweet children.
Yet… something felt off. Why did I have kittens? Wasn’t I a woman? The world began to distort as I brought a paw to my eyes…
I shot up in my bed, feeling slightly confused. That might have been the oddest dream I had ever had!
I was a cat!
I let out a soft sigh as my eyes wandered down to my flat, beautiful stomach. What would it be like to be a mother? To nurture my own children?
I looked at the time and saw that I would be normally getting up in about a half hour. I slid out of bed despite that and started to groom myself back into a good mood. I put on a skirt, top, and heels, and then started to work on my hair. As I finished brushing it, I took a look at my reflection in the mirror. After a full week of sharing Laura’s DNA, my feline features were actually starting to look and feel normal. The furry triangles of my ears, my yellow, slitted eyes, and my sharp canines were part of me now, and I was almost okay with that.
Granted, there were many advantages to being what my classmates were calling a ‘catgirl’. First, and most importantly, I was a girl. Nothing beat that, as far as I was concerned. Add to that the fact that I moved with a feline grace that perfectly complimented my femininity and I was a happy camper. My senses were enhanced, too, and my love of affection seemed to make life a little more fun.
It was just that times like my dream kept reminding me that there were effects of that magical accident that I still hadn’t discovered yet.
Nope, back to a good mood. Tomorrow is my birthday, after all!
Since I started my day early, I was able to take my time in eating breakfast, which usually ended up being a bowl of cereal. To be honest, I made them more for the milk than the cereal. Since the accident, I couldn’t get enough of the stuff! Yum! I was spending my leeway drinking from a second glass when Mom came downstairs.
“Good Morning, Nicole!” she chimed, “You look bright eyed and bushy tailed!”
The aforementioned tail swished behind me as I put down my glass and hugged Mom.
“An odd dream woke me up, so I decided to start my routine early,” I said.
“What kind of odd dream?” she asked.
“I was the mother to a litter of kittens. It was actually an incredible feeling until I realized that I was an actual cat,” I explained.
“You enjoyed taking on the role of the mother?” she asked.
I nodded, smiling. “Seeing those cute little things mewing at me made me want my own kittens someday!”
“Don’t you mean children, sweetie?” Mom asked with a gentle tone.
“Isn’t that what I said?” I asked.
Mom gave my hair a soft stroke. “You said that you wanted kittens.”
My ears flattened against my head. “Why do I keep doing that?”
“I’m sure it will stop happening eventually,” Mom said. She was in full on comfort mode.
“It’s just that I sometimes feel like I’m more cat than human!” I said, throwing my hands up into the air. I felt my hand hit something, and I looked just in time to see my milk glass tip over and spill. I gasped. My milk! No!
Mom just laughed softly and moved to clean the mess off the counter. “Is your milk that important?” She asked, almost amusingly.
“Yes!” I declared.
She smiled. “There’s no need to cry over spilt milk, sweetie.”
“But it’s milk!” I whined.
“We’ll always have milk in the house for you, but it’s about time for you to be heading to school,” she said, glancing at the time. She hugged me again, and I couldn’t help but sigh. I loved my hugs.
“I’ll see you when I get home!” I told her. While Mom waved goodbye, I dashed out of the house, my skirt fluttering behind me. I jogged to school in good time, leaving about five minutes for me to say hi to Kate before class started. I ran up to her and gave her a hug.
“Hey Nikki!” she chimed, “You seem happy today.”
“I’m just happy to see my best friend!” I cheered, “Sorry I’m late.”
“Oh, it’s fine, but I’m so jealous of how easily you can just run in those heels,” she said, giving me a playful glare.
I looked down at my shoes, which had a four inch heel. “Oh, wow. I completely forgot I was wearing these.”
Kate groaned. “Jealous!”
I giggled. “Should I pretend that they hurt for your sake?”
She gasped. “You’re impossible!” she said, then burst out laughing.
I smiled and touched her shoulder. “Come on. Let’s get to class.”
“Yay. Science,” she said sarcastically.
“It’s Chemistry,” I corrected, smiling.
“Pish posh! It’s still science!” she said with a laugh.
I shrugged. “Fair enough.”
I gave Kate another smile as we walked into the room. Since we had different lab partners, we had to sit on opposite sides of the room. Kate sat with Kelly while I went to sit with Tom.
“Hey Nikki,” he said, giving me a friendly wave.
“Hi Tom!” I said, smiling.
“Your birthday party is at six tomorrow, right?” he asked.
“Yep!” I chimed, “Sweet sixteen!”
“Will you be getting your driver’s license soon?” he asked.
“I hope so,” I said.
Tom chuckled. “You tired of walking to school all the time?”
“Actually, I don’t mind. I love the sun!” I said.
Tom looked down toward my legs. “I was actually thinking about your shoes. How can you walk the whole way in them?”
“I wasn’t joking when I told you that it’s more comfortable for me to wear heels than it is to wear flats,” I explained.
“Wow. That must be tough for someone who didn’t ask to become a girl,” he said.
“I’m getting used to it, especially since my comfort is at stake,” I said.
“You really are adjusting well, though. I know I’d never be wearing a skirt and heels like that just one week after the transformation,” he said.
To be honest, I was surprised that Tom hadn’t actually found out that I wanted to become a girl. I knew that I would have to tell him eventually, but I was scared. Although I wasn’t interested in him in a romantic sense, I did want to keep him as a friend.
“My Mom’s been helping me a lot, and being forced to wear skirts before we managed to sew holes in my pants helped, too,” I told him.
“And I bet you’ll be wearing makeup soon, huh?” he asked.
“I dunno,” I said, “we’re having a hard time finding colors that go good with yellow!”
Tom laughed. “I can imagine. Your eyes are amazing either way, though.”
“Thanks,” I said, blushing slightly.
“Can you see in the dark?”
“Quite well, actually. It surprised me the first time I didn’t notice that the lights had been turned off,” I said.
“You can see that well?” he asked, surprised.
I nodded, and then heard the bell ring. We were forced to stop our conversation in order to perform the day’s lab. It wasn’t anything too significant, but it did pass the hour. Soon enough, I was at lunch! I always looked forward to it because of the milk we got with the school meals.
Yes, I’m obsessed with milk. I was just opening my carton when Kate showed up.
“Hey, girlfriend! Need a hug?” she asked. We had actually started a tradition of sorts with hugging me every lunch hour. It kept me from itching for more contact in the second half of the day.
“Actually, I don’t think I really need one right now, but I won’t refuse if you’re offering!” I said, smiling.
“You got it!” she chimed, suddenly hugging me. Caught by surprise, my milk shook a bit, sending drops of the precious liquid flying all over my arm! Before I could think about it, I was licking the droplets off my arm. I was as thorough as possible, unwilling to waste a single drop.
“You’re so cute when you’re enjoying milk,” Kate said with a giggle.
“I can’t help it. It’s just about the greatest thing ever!” I cried.
“Oh? And what’s greater?” she asked.
“How I feel when I’m purring?” I squeaked. I suddenly felt embarrassed.
“Awww. Are you starting to embrace your inner kitty?” she asked.
“I’m trying to,” I said, picking up my milk again.”
Kate rubbed my head. “I’m so happy for you.”
I closed my eyes and smiled. Three pairs of feet began to approach the table. They sounded like three girls, so I assumed that they were Alex, Jane, and Kelly.
“Hey there!” Kelly’s voice called out, “Are you two having a moment?”
“We sure are!” Kate said.
“I just can’t get over how adorable you are, Nikki,” Alex said.
“How could you ever think that this was a bad thing?” Jane added.
I opened my eyes. “It was an accident, and I didn’t ask for it. I’m just scared that I’ve become less of, well, me, because of it.”
Kate hugged me again. “You have nothing to worry about. All that happened was that you became you with a few extras, okay?”
“You really think so?” I asked.
“Of course, dummy. How could you actually think that you’re a different person now? You were always a loving person. The way I see it, all your happy accident did was bring that closer to the surface!” she explained.
I snuggled further into our hug and gave Kate’s cheek a good lick. “I love you,” I said.
“I love you too,” she cooed, hugging me tighter. When I looked back up, the other girls were already sitting down, smiling at our display. Kelly scooted closer to me.
“Do you have a kiss for us, too?” she asked, touching her cheek.
“Of course!” I said, giving her a good luck. Naturally, Alex and Jane got jealous, so I had to lick them too. I picked up my milk carton for what I hoped would be the final time as the activity at our table started to seem more normal. As the other girls talked at length about their boyfriends, I felt bad for Kate and I. There were some boys I was interested in, but I hadn’t found one that really jumped out at me yet.
I just kept lapping at my carton while listening in until Kate tapped my shoulder.
“How’s your milk?” she asked. She was smirking slightly.
“I can’t seem to get to it,” I said, frowning.
“Maybe you shouldn’t try to stick your tongue into the carton, then,” she said, giggling. I looked down to find that my tongue actually was in the carton! How had I not noticed that? I scrambled to drink the carton correctly and was rewarded with the bliss of (mostly) fresh milk. I then looked at Kate.
“Why didn’t you tell me earlier?” I asked.
“It was cute?” she half asked.
“But those are the kinds of things I want to avoid doing,” I said, looking down.
“Hey, you’re working on it. It’s been happening less lately, right?” she asked.
“Well, yeah, but–“
“Then you’re doing fine!” she interrupted, hugging me again.
“Okay. I guess you’re right,” I said, leaning into her hug. She didn’t hug me nearly this much when I was Kyle, but now she was doing it for my benefit as a catgirl. I wouldn’t trade my best friend for anything in the world.
The rest of the day went fairly smoothly, and I was soon with Kate again at our lockers.
“I’m glad today is over,” Kate sighed.
“Me too,” I said.
“Well, of course you do. Now you’re almost one day closer to your birthday,” she said, smiling.
“Uh huh! I have a dress picked out for the party and everything!” I said.
“I bet you do,” Kate said, smiling… but I had stopped listening. Wordlessly, I closed my locker and walked past my friend and started going down the hall.
“Hey, Nikki. Where are you going?” she asked, starting to follow me.
“I need to go this way,” I said, forging ahead.
“Why do you need to go that way?” she asked.
“I just do,” I said. I found myself turning into a classroom, where I found a cute boy softly chanting to himself. He was casting a magic spell. The classroom window near him was opened, and two birds were sitting on his arm. Somehow, I knew that this was what I was trying to find, and felt perfectly content to just stand there and smile. Eventually, the boy turned to me and stopped chanting. Immediately, the compulsion to remain in the room disappeared, but I felt like sticking around anyway.
“Oh, I’m so sorry!” he said, “I didn’t expect to attract you to this room.”
“Attract me?” I asked.
He took a step toward me. “I was casting a spell to bring animals here. Birds, specifically. It looks like I wasn’t specific enough, though.”
“It felt really weird. I literally just dropped everything I was doing and came here!” I said.
The boy laughed. “Once again, I’m sorry. I do figure that there are a billion less beautiful girls I could have brought here, though.”
I blushed furiously, “Thank you.”
The boy extended his hand. “I’m John. What’s your name?”
I shook his hand. “Nicole, or Nikki for short.”
“That’s a pretty name,” he said.
“Laying it on a bit thick there, aren’t you?” I giggled.
John laughed. “I’m sorry. I can’t help being brutally honest.”
“You don’t need to apologize so much, either. I’m not mad at you,” I said.
“You aren’t? Hybrids usually get mad at me when I accidentally attract them with my spells,” he explained.
“You’ve done this before?” I asked.
“Yeah. I’m trying to develop spells to attract certain animals. It could help with hunting wild game or just to allow people to catch sight of rare animals,” he explained.
“Developing spells? Isn’t that tough?” I asked, astonished.
“In case you hadn’t noticed, I did mess up my last one,” he said with a smile.
“I don’t think you messed up too much. After all, we got to meet each other because of it,” I said, giving John a smile.
“Now who’s laying it on a bit thick?” he asked, laughing.
I blushed. Get it together, girl! I had a feeling that I was definitely crushing on John. “What can I say? I like to make new friends,” I said, recovering from my embarrassment.
“So do I,” he said, smiling. It was a good smile.
“So why are you developing these spells?” I asked.
“I love animals. Absolutely adore them! I want to spread that love as far as I can,” he said.
“Wow,” I said, “does that love extend to hybrids, too?”
I didn’t know why I asked that, or even used love while asking it, but I felt that I had to know.
“Of course it does. I’m a people person and I’m an animal person. Combine both and I’m a happy camper!” he said.
I couldn’t help but smile. I reached into my purse, taking one of a few party invitations I had packed in there at the last minute. I handed it to him.
“Tomorrow’s my birthday, and I’m having a party at my house. I’d love it if you came,” I said, giving him my sweetest smile.
“Sure. That’d be fun. I hope your address is on the card?” he asked.
I nodded, “My phone number, too, in case you get lost.”
He laughed. “Or maybe to just talk with you for a while?”
“That’s also a good reason to call,” I said.
“That sounds great!” he said.
“So I’ll see you at the party?” I asked, sounding far more hopeful than I wanted.
“You will. I’ll see you there!” he said, gathering his things. I looked at the clock.
“I suppose I’d better be heading home too. It was nice meeting you, John,” I said.
“The pleasure’s all mine, Nikki,” he said. We both left the room, me after him, and I ran straight into Kate, who was tapping her foot on the ground.
“You were in there a while,” she said, “and who was that guy who left before you?”
“Um, I can explain?” I asked.
“You’d better! I get worried when my best friend stops a conversation and starts walking somewhere for no reason,” she said.
I explained everything that had happened, including my spontaneous inviting of John to my party.
“Oh, god. You’re falling all over the place for this guy, aren’t you?” she asked.
I nodded sheepishly. “Is it that obvious?”
“You might as well paint it on your forehead. I’m happy for you!” she said, hugging me.
“But nothing’s been decided yet,” I said.
“Pish posh. If a guy can’t find a reason to like you, then something is seriously wrong with him. Besides, it seems like John shares your interest in him,” Kate said.
“I think you’re giving me too much credit,” I said.
“No, I’m not,” she said.
I sighed. “Why can’t you find someone too?”
“Don’t worry about me. We’ll all have people to cuddle with soon enough,” Kate said with a smile.
“I like the sound of cuddling!” I chimed.
Kate laughed. “I figured you would. Now, let’s get out of here.”
“Yeah. We’re both a little late,” I agreed.
We started walking along, listening to the click of my heels against the school hallway. Just before we left the building, Kate turned to me.
“Before we go our separate ways, I’ve got one thing to say,” she started, “I’m still jealous of the way you wear those shoes!”
School couldn’t pass by fast enough the next day. My friends showered me with happy birthday wishes, but the real fun time would come later. I felt a little off as the day went on, but I wouldn’t let that change my plans one bit!
About an hour before the party was scheduled to start, Kate was in my room, helping me with my dress. It was a soft pink, chosen so as to not clash with my silvery hair. I loved it.
“This is such a beautiful dress,” she said while helping me thread my tail through the hole I made with it.
“It’s been tough to find things that really go with my hair and eyes, but I think this works,” I said.
Kate moved on and started to brush my hair. I let out a small sigh, closed my eyes, and started to purr as she groomed me.
“Are you sure you’re feeling okay, Nikki?” she asked, “You’ve been acting more like a cat than usual today.”
“I’m fine,” I assured her, “It’s always felt nice to have my hair brushed.”
“And how does this feel today?” she asked, scratching behind my ear. My purring became louder and I started making attempts to cuddle and lick my best friend… but she suddenly stopped. I opened my eyes to see that she looked concerned.
“Nikki, you really are acting more like a cat,” she said, as if it were a problem.
“Is that a problem?” I asked. What was wrong with being cute?
“Not if you’re okay with it, I guess… but just yesterday you were complaining whenever your instincts got the better of you. Today, it’s happening all the time and you don’t seem to care!”
“That’s weird… why don’t I care?” I asked.
“How did you say you were feeling?” Kate asked.
“I just feel a little off… kind of less like myself,” I said.
She gently grabbed my hand. “Maybe that’s why you’re acting like this.”
“An oncoming illness might make me stay home from school tomorrow, but why would it make me act more like a cat?” I asked.
“You’re tired, so you aren’t doing as much work to suppress the more noticeable instincts?” she guessed.
“I’m confused,” I said, sighing.
“Maybe you should cancel the party,” she suggested.
I shook my head. “I’ll be okay.”
Kate hugged me, “Just be careful, alright?”
I smiled. “I will.”
Kate looked at my clock. “Oh, wow! You need to get downstairs soon, don’t you?”
“Looks like it!” I said, “Let’s go.”
I finished putting on my makeup and slipped into my heels before heading downstairs. Mon was putting the finishing touches on the party decorations in the living room when we approached.
“Hi Mom!” I chimed, giving her a good lick on her cheek. She smiled at me.
“Hi sweetie. You look very beautiful tonight, but may I ask why you licked me?”
I realized that I had acted out of instinct once again and looked at my feet. “Because I love you?” I squeaked.
“Nikki isn’t feeling 100% right now and it’s making her instincts stronger for some reason,” Kate explained.
“I see. Are you sure you’re okay for the party?” Mom asked me.
“I’m sure. I don’t actually feel sick, and it’s not a bad thing for me to be friendly to my friends,” I said.
“Okay, but please tell me if you start feeling worse,” she asked.
“I will,” I said, giving her a hug.
“Why don’t you go talk to your father before your guests arrive? Kate, would you mind helping me in here?” Mom asked.
“I’d be happy to,” Kate said, bounding closer to Mom. Meanwhile, I left the living room and went to the kitchen, where Dad was putting the finishing touches on the cake. He caught me as soon as I entered the doom. The clicking of my heels gave me away.
“Hi Dad,” I said, smiling widely.
“Hello Nicole,” he said, smiling back, “thought you’d talk with your old man before running off with your friends?”
“That’s the idea! How’s the cake coming?” I asked.
“It’s almost ready to go into the freezer,” he said. We were having an ice cream cake this year since I discovered that my love for milk extended to ice cream, too. I was really looking forward to having some of it.
“That’s great!” I said, bouncing on my toes.
Dad chuckled. “I’m glad to see something so simple make you so happy.”
“I’ve had a lot of reasons to be happy lately,” I said.
Dad smiled and then walked toward me. I got the feeling that he wanted to say something important. “I was worried about you for the longest time before your accident. You were always so unhappy and distant,” he started.
“I’m sorry for worrying you,” I told him, wondering where he was going with this.
He took a deep breath, and continued “When you came home with that spell, though… the gleam in your eyes was unmistakable. Even though you know that the spell would last just one day, your happiness filled the room. In the back of my mind, I questioned and maybe opposed your decision to pursue your ‘true’ gender, but seeing you that day proved to me that Kyle was never my son. You were always my daughter, Nicole.”
I was shocked. “Da… Daddy?” I choked out, my voice cracking. Tears began to fall as he brushed aside my bangs and kissed my forehead.
“Happy Birthday, kitten,” he said. I couldn’t do anything except throw myself against him and say how much I loved him.
“I had no idea you felt that way,” I told him once I calmed down.
“Your mother told me not to interfere and to let you make your own decision, and I’m glad I listened to her. I never would have met my beautiful daughter otherwise,” he said.
I hugged him tighter. “You’re the best Daddy any daughter could ask for.”
He just kissed my forehead. I think that he was happy to hear me call him Daddy. It was new to me as well, but it felt right.
I was Daddy’s little girl.
He gently wiped a tear off my cheek with a smile. “You should probably get cleaned up before the party starts,” he said.
“Thank you,” I said, communicating far more than just a simple thank you. He rubbed my head before I went back to the living room. Mom looked worried when she saw my face.
“What’s wrong, sweetie?” she asked.
“Nothing’s wrong. Daddy just made me really happy,” I said.
Mom smiled warmly. “That’s wonderful, sweetie.”
I bounced on my toes. “I’m going to go repair my makeup, and then we can start the party!”
“Hurry up! People will start arriving any minute,” she said.
“Okay! Oh, and where’s Kate?” I asked.
“She’s out on the patio, waiting for your guests to start arriving,” she said.
I nodded and bounded upstairs. After a quick reapplication of my makeup, I walked back downstairs to hear someone talking to Mom. I walked up to the pair.
“Hey Tom!” I said, “I’m glad you could make it.”
“It’s hard not to miss something when it’s at six on a school day,” he said.
I giggled, then gasped. “Oh! I forgot! Won’t being in here irritate your allergies? Mom and Dad tell me that I shed a lot more than I think I should.”
Tom laughed with Mom. “Don’t worry about me. I took my allergy medication right before coming here.”
“I’m glad to hear that,” I said, giving him a smile.
“So where is everyone gathering?” he asked.
“The patio, it looks like, but only Kate is here so far,” I said.
“I suppose I’d better head there then. Thank you for inviting me, Mrs. Leona,” he said.
“You’re very welcome, Tom,” she said.
I stuck around for a few seconds after Mom left, and she turned to me. “Run along with your friends, sweetie. It’s your party.”
“Are you sure you don’t want me to help greet the guests?” I asked.
“I’ll point them all to the patio, so you don’t have to worry about a thing,” she said.
“Okay. I’ll see you when everyone’s here!” I chimed, walking off toward the patio. I found Kate talking with Tom and quickly joined in on the conversation. As the next half hour passed, people began to fill the patio. The music started soon after that, but it wasn’t loud enough to impede conversation. I was sure that we’d move inside eventually, but the sunset was nice to watch. As I looked around, I was able to spot all of my friends and some of the other classmates that I’d invited, but I wasn’t able to find John. Was he really coming?
“Penny for your thoughts?” Alex’s voice asked.
“I’m just looking over all the people who came here for my birthday,” I said.
“But you’re looking for someone in particular, aren’t you?” she asked.
“Well, yeah. I met this boy yesterday…”
“Oh, that explains it. Finally found one, have you?” she asked. Alex was actually here with her boyfriend, but he didn’t seem to be with her at the moment.
“I hope so. I was really hoping he’d come,” I said.
“If he’s trying to impress you, he’s probably going to be fashionably late. That way, you’ll definitely notice him,” she said.
“Hmm… I wonder if guys know that we see through these kinds of tricks,” I asked.
“See through them? You’re falling for it hook, line, and sinker, girl!” Alex giggled.
“But what if he really isn’t coming?” I asked.
“Then give him a break. You only met him yesterday, after all,” Alex said.
“I guess. I’ll still cross my fingers, though!” I said.
“We’re all rooting for you. Someone as loving as you really needs a good guy at her side,” she said.
“Thanks,” I said. As Alex walked off to be with her boyfriend again, one of the boys from my math class walked up to me.
“Hey, Nikki?” he asked. I turned and smiled at him.
“Yes?” I answered.
“Some of my friends and I got this for you. We thought you might appreciate getting it during the party,” he said, holding up a small stuffed mouse. Oh, a mouse! I barely heard some snickering from behind the boy.
“Thank you very much!” I said, gently taking the mouse. It seemed like it was some kind of cat toy. I almost let out a sigh as it was obviously a joke, but I decided to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. The mouse did smell nice, though. I brought it up to my nose and gave it a good sniff.
It smelled really good! I brought it to Kate, who was talking with Kelly and Jane.
“Hey, you’ve got to smell this. It’s amazing!” I said.
Kate gently took the mouse, and squeezed it. A small green cloud erupted from around it. I coughed a little when it went up my nose, but it otherwise smelt great.
“Nikki, is this what I think it is?” she asked.
“Huh?” I asked, feeling a little confused. Where was Kate? Everything seemed a little dizzy, but I felt really nice. I walked off in another direction, but got distracted by something behind me. It was flicking around, barely registering in the corners of my vision. I was sure I’d seen it before, but I suddenly really wanted to catch it! I quickly turned around the next time I saw it, but I couldn’t find it! I started to feel frustrated and just ran in a circle, knowing that I’d catch the offending object eventually. I heard some laughing as I saw it again. I leaped toward it, narrowly missing the white tip.
I let out a squeal of frustration as I landed on the wooden floor of the patio. I didn’t mind, though. The floor felt nice. I wanted to cuddle it. I continued to hear laughing as I moved around on the floor. Footsteps ran toward me.
“Nikki! What is going on here?” Mom’s voice asked as the footsteps reached me. A pair of hands grabbed my shoulders and I started to lick them. They tasted like Kate. I liked Kate’s taste. She tasted like a girl.
“Nikki, you have to snap out of it!” Kate cried.
“But I feel niiiiice,” I whined. The hands forced me to stand and eventually lay down on something. I stretched out, feeling kind of tired.
“You did what to my daughter?” I heard Mom’s voice ask. “Get out. You and all of your friends. Nobody who hurts my daughter is welcome in this house. Hal, could you show these boys out, please?”
“Nikki, are you there? Your Mom’s coming,” Kate’s voice said. I perked up a little bit and moaned.
“Nicole, sweetie, are you okay?” Mom asked.
“Mom?” I asked.
Mom stroked my hair. “I’m here, sweetie. What happened?”
“There was this mouse… and it smelled really nice… and then everything got kind of fuzzy,” I said.
“You chased your tail and started cuddling the floor,” Kate finished for me.
“I did what?” I asked, suddenly more aware of my surroundings.
“The mouse had catnip in it, sweetie,” Mom explained.
“Catnip made me do that?”
“We’re going to have to be careful around it,” Mom decided.
“I agree. I do remember feeling really nice and floaty, but I wasn’t myself,” I said.
“I threw the mouse away,” Kate said.
“Thank you. I can’t believe someone would do that to me,” I said.
“Me neither,” Kate huffed.
“How are you feeling, sweetie?” Mom asked.
“I still feel a little off, but otherwise I think I’m okay,” I said.
“Still up for the party?” she asked.
“I think so,” I said, nodding.
“I’ve sent home the boys who conspired to give you that mouse, so they shouldn’t be bothering you anymore,” Mom said.
“Thanks, Mom,” I said, hugging her. With her help, I stood up from the couch and took a few steps to make sure I wouldn’t fall down. I looked around. “I’m… in the living room?”
Mom hugged me. “You really were out of it, weren’t you? I’m so sorry, sweetie.”
“It’s not your fault” I said. As I smiled at Mom, Dad walked into the room. His eyes lit up when he saw me standing up. He joined the hug.
“Nicole!” he cried, “Are you okay?”
“I think so,” I said.
“Thank goodness. If those boys had–“
“There’s no need for that kind of thinking on our daughter’s birthday, honey,” Mom said. I laughed softly as Dad began to softly stroke my hair.
“Your friends are worried about you. Do you think you’re ready to join the party again?” he asked.
I nodded, almost ready to purr under his loving ministrations. I couldn’t help but start when he kissed my forehead.
“I love you,” I said to both of them. When I looked up, I saw Kate smiling widely at the love between us all. I took her hand and brought her back to the patio. I got a few waves as I walked in.
“Are you okay?” Kelly asked, “What happened?”
“I got drugged,” I said with a somber tone.
“Drugged? By what?” Jane asked.
“Catnip,” I said.
Tom gasped. “You might not want to open my gift, then.”
“You gave me catnip?” I asked.
“I thought that you would enjoy it since you were part cat, but that was just proven wrong. I wasn’t planning to hurt you,” he said.
“I understand. If it helps, I didn’t think my reaction would be so severe, either,” I told him.
“Maybe you’ll handle it better if you know it’s around,” Kate suggested.
“I don’t know if I ever want to do that again,” I admitted.
Kate hugged me, “We’ll just have to avoid it, then.”
“We’ll help!” Alex chimed. I rapidly became part of a group hug, and the doorbell rang as we all squirmed out of each other’s grasp. With a quick wave, I made my way to the front door to see who was arriving so late. A smile grew upon my lips when I saw a familiar face talking to Mom.
It was John! I just stood there for a few moments, not wanting to interrupt their conversation. During a lull in the proceedings, Mom took a look at me and smiled.
“I see you’ve made a new friend,” she said, motioning to John.
He smiled at me. “I’m sorry I’m late,” he said, “I got lost on the way here.”
I had to resist giggling when Mom gave him a “Are you sure?” look. Thankfully, he didn’t notice. “I’m glad you were able to make it.”
“Well, you’re one of the only people I’ve met who didn’t instantly hate me after I accidentally attracted them with a spell. I had to come,” he said.
“Attracted her with a spell?” Mom asked.
“He’s developing spells to attract certain animals,” I said.
John nodded. “I was attracting some birds into a classroom and I ended up drawing Nikki to the room as well.”
“That seems like an odd way for two people to meet,” Mom mused.
“Definitely,” I agreed.
“Well, I’ll leave you two to have more fun at the party. We’ll be having cake in about an hour,” Mom said.
“Thanks, Mom!” I said.
Mom patted my head. “Have fun with your friends.”
I smiled as she went off to another area of the house. I turned to John. “I’m glad you came,” I said.
“You’ve already said that,” he observed, with a small smile.
“Does it really matter?” I asked.
“I guess not. You look breathtaking, by the way. I wasn’t aware that this was a formal even, though,” he said.
I blushed furiously. “Thank you. This isn’t a formal event, though. I’m the only one wearing something this nice.”
“How come?” he asked.
“Because I wanted to, silly!” I said, smiling sweetly.
John laughed. “It looks like you’re a bit silly, too.”
“Guilty as charged! Now, I want you to meet my friends!” I chimed.
“Before you do that, there’s something I want to ask you,” John said. I stopped turning around and faced him again.
“What is it?” I asked.
“I’d really like to get to know you better, Nikki. Would you like to take a walk around town with me tomorrow? I could show you where all the animals live,” he said.
“Like… a date?” I asked. My heart was racing. Did he really like me enough to do this so abruptly?
“Sort of,” he said.
“I’d love to!” I said, “I’d like to get to know you better, too.”
“Then let’s get to know each other,” John said, smiling.
“First, you’ll have to meet my friends!” I said, grabbing his arm and pulling him toward the patio. He followed right along. Kate and Kelly noticed immediately that I wasn’t alone upon coming back, but Tom was on the other side of the room talking to Alex and Jane.
“Who’s this?” Kate asked first.
“This is John, the guy who accidentally brought me to that classroom the other day,” I said.
“Oh, I heard about that!” Kelly said, “But why is he here?”
“Because he’s interesting,” I said, smiling.
“I can speak for myself, thank you,” he said, amused.
“Tell them about the spell,” I urged him on.
“I accidentally attracted her to the room I was in with a spell intended to attract birds. It did attract the birds, but also Nikki,” he said.
“I bet that regular cats would have been attracted too, then,” Tom suggested.
“That’s hilarious! The spell attracted both the birds and one of their predators!” Kate said.
John laughed. “It certainly did. I’ll need to tweak the spell a little bit before trying it again.”
“You made the spell yourself?” Kelly asked.
“I did. I’m still learning, though,” he said.
“That’s amazing! Is it hard?” she asked.
“Yeah, but it’s rewarding to see a spell do what you designed it to do,” he said. I could tell that he was passionate about what seemed to be merely a hobby. Instead, it seemed like he was discussing his future career. We continued to talk, with my other three friends eventually getting mixed into the conversation. They all discovered that we had a pseudo-date tomorrow, and were happy to see that I was finally starting to see someone.
All too soon, it was time for the cake. Both Mom and Dad served it for us, and it was more than worth the wait. I got a few laughs as my friends saw how much I was enjoying it.
“You’re as cute around ice cream as you are around milk!” Kate exclaimed in the middle of the meal. I just smiled and continued eating, much to the amusement of everyone else. Soon after the cake was served, the party fizzled down and people started to go home. By the time I had said all of my goodbyes, I was feeling pretty tired. Mom and Dad were doing the last of the cleaning up as I approached them.
“Hello,” I told them, “I think I’m going to head to bed.”
“Turning in early?” Mom asked.
I nodded. “I’m tired, and I think I’m feeling a little more off, too.”
Mom knelt down and felt my forehead. “You don’t seem to have a fever… but if you feel worse tomorrow, you won’t be going to school, okay?” she said.
“Do you think you can describe the feeling?” Dad asked.
“I… don’t know. All I can think to say is that I just feel off… like I’m not quite myself,” I explained.
“I don’t want you trying to hide things if you feel worse, okay?” he said in a stern, yet loving, tone.
“Okay, daddy,” I said, rubbing my eyes.
Dad smiled. “Good night, kitten,” he said, giving my head a rub. I smiled warmly at the new name he had given me before hugging both of my parents good night. Once I got up to my room, I slipped into a nightgown and drifted off to sleep remarkably easily.
I felt really good when I woke up the next morning. The sun was shining right on to my bed, and my morning stretch felt so much better than usual! I got up with a smile and walked to the window. The day was bright and sunny, and I was feeling very loving. I darted around my room, putting on one of my most attractive outfits. The combination of my shortest skirt and my highest heels did wonders for my legs, and my tank-top showed just a little of my cleavage. Yet, I couldn’t help but wish that my skirt were shorter, or my neckline lower. Regardless, I was dressed and I looked great, so I bounded downstairs for some breakfast. When I got to the kitchen, I was ecstatic to see that I caught Dad before he left for work! I let out a squeal and leapt into his arms.
“Good morning Daddy!” I chirped, liking his face furiously.
“Good morning, kitten,” he said, “you seem loving today.”
“That’s because I love you more than anything in the world!” I sighed, before starting to cuddle him.
“Christine! I think there’s something wrong with Nicole,” Dad called out. Why was he saying that? I felt great! All the boys were going to love me today!
“Nicole, can you let go of your father for me?” I heard Mom asked.
“I don’t want to!” I cried, hugging him tighter, “I love my Daddy!”
“You need to listen to your mother, Nicole,” Dad admonished me. Reluctantly, I let go of him and turned to face Mom. She looked concerned, and I got a little confused when she put her arm on my forehead.
“You’re flushed, sweetie, and you have a fever,” she said.
“But I feel fine,” I whined.
“I don’t think you’re going to school today,” she said gently.
“But I need to go to school. That’s where all the boys are!” I said.
“Why do you have to see the boys?” Mom asked.
“I need them so I can have my kittens!” I told her. I thought I heard Dad gasp, but Mom smiled gently.
“You’re staying home today,” she said, softly stroking my hair.
“But–“ I started, but the look on her face left no alternative. My face fell. How was I supposed to get pregnant if I stayed home? I looked back at Mom and hugged her. I really needed a hug.
“I’m sorry about this, sweetie. Why don’t you head up to your room for now?” she asked.
“…Okay,” I said. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t want to go against my parents either. I walked up to my room, leaving the door open. Mom and Dad didn’t know it, but I could listen to conversations downstairs from my room if the door was open. I heard Mom tell Dad that he should go to work and she’d make sure I was okay.
I was confused. Was there really something wrong with me? I decided to keep listening down the stairs, but I was starting to feel a little uncomfortable. Maybe I really was sick. My curiosity was again piqued when I heard Mom dialing the phone in the kitchen.
“Good Morning. Is this Dr. Reid? Oh, thank you. This is Christine Leona. I’m calling about my daughter, Nicole…”
She was calling Dr. Reid? Why would she need to do that?
“Yes. She’s been acting very loving and clingy, and has told me that she’s looking for boys so that she can, in her words, ‘have kittens’. She even wore her most revealing outfit today, but she’s such a modest girl that it wasn’t too provocative.”
I squirmed a little as my discomfort seemed to rise. Why was it so wrong for me to want to be attractive to boys?
“She does have a flush to her skin… wait, that means what? Oh, goodness… what’s happening to my daughter?”
Nothing is happening to me, right? I’m the same Nikki I always was. Why is Mom reacting like this?
“Oh my god. She really wasn’t kidding when she told me she was going to have kittens… and you’re saying that she’ll eventually be unable to resist the urge? Is there anything we can do? She’s far too young to be saddled with children!”
Resist the urge… to do what? I was starting to feel really uncomfortable, and warm. Especially around my midsection.
“Okay, medicine… yes, I do remember her bringing it home. She was so worried about going into heat, but I didn’t think it would happen this soon. You want me to put her to sleep, too? I don’t know if we have any sleeping pills in the house…”
Heat? I was in… heat? Did that explain the warmth that I felt? It felt like my body was telling me something. Like there was some kind of itch that I couldn’t scratch. Is heat bad? Was there really something wrong with me?
“Oh, no… I don’t think she’d want to snap out of it to find out that she’d done that. I’ll try to find something… What? You want me to encourage her to do it if I can’t put her to sleep?”
There was another pause. What were they talking about now? Why would I need to be put to sleep?
“Yes, I think that she’d resist as long as she could. It would really hurt her that much?” I heard her sigh, “I had no idea that it would be this difficult. Thank you very much for your help, doctor. I think I can take it from here.”
I heard the phone click. I walked away from the door and sat on the bed. I was feeling genuinely bad now. The heat was spreading, and I hoped that Mom had something that could help. I perked up when she walked into the room. I almost barreled into a hug, but I managed to stop myself when I saw that she was holding a cup of water. I hugged her more gently instead.
“Mom, what’s wrong with me?” I asked.
“You’ve gone into heat, sweetie,” she said as gently as she could, “how do you feel?”
“I feel really warm, especially in my middle… and my breasts ache a little,” I said. I felt Mom stiffen in my arms.
“I brought some medicine with me. It’ll help you feel better, but it won’t take effect right away. Please tell me if you feel worse, okay?” she said, handing the cup to me. When I took it, she put a small white pill in my other hand. I swallowed it, hoping that it would drive back the strange heat. I looked back up at Mom when I finished.
“Mom, why do I feel like this? What is this heat?” I asked.
Mom stroked my hair. “I’m going to try to find something else for you to take, okay? Meanwhile, try to go to sleep if you can. You’ll feel better when you wake up.”
“Okay, but you didn’t answer my question,” I said, slightly confused.
Mom gently smiled. “Everything’s going to be fine, sweetie. If the heat becomes too much to bear, call for me, okay?”
I hugged her again. “Okay. I love you Mom.”
“I love you too. Now, let’s get you back into your nightgown.”
Less than an hour after I dressed for school, I was being put into my sleepwear again. Mom seemed more concerned when she saw my breasts, but I couldn’t tell why. The silky gown felt better against my nipples than it used to, though. Mom helped me into my bed and kissed my cheek. “Feel better soon, okay?”
I smiled. “I’ll try.”
Mom smiled back, and then left the room. She seemed to be in a rush. She was trying to find something else for me to take, wasn’t she? From what I heard of that conversation between her and Dr. Reid, it would probably be something to help me go to sleep if I couldn’t do it myself.
I gently closed my eyes and tried to drift to sleep, but my mind kept drifting back to the heat. I squirmed in my bed, but the feeling of my nightgown on my smooth skin was just making things worse. I curled myself up into a ball, trying not to move. I had to sleep… if I could just sleep, everything would get better.
But the heat was still there. It slowly grew, spreading from my midsection to my entire body. I looked at the clock. Over a half hour had passed. It was getting so much worse… what was mere heat was turning into fire. My body was screaming for something… something I didn’t have. I began to whimper. The fire was hurting me. I started to softly cry when I heard a soft tapping at the door.
“Nicole?” I heard Mom ask. I continued to whimper and cry. I cried out when I felt a hand touch my hair.
“Please… don’t touch me!” I cried, “It makes it worse!”
“How bad is it?” she asked me, ignoring my outburst.
“It hurts…” I sobbed, “I don’t know what my body wants…”
“Your body wants to be loved and caressed,” Mom gently explained.
“You mean…” I started.
“You’re in heat, sweetie. Your body wants to breed,” Mom said.
“But… but I’m too young for that!” I cried, “Why is this happening to me?”
Mom gasped. I didn’t know why. “So this is why he wanted me to encourage her…” I heard her say under her breath.
“How can I stop this, Mom?” I asked.
“I found another pill for you, but if it doesn’t work fast enough… you’ll have to listen to your body,” Mom said.
“Please… I just want to go to sleep and pretend that this never happened,” I said.
Mom gently placed two pills into my mouth and fed me some water to wash them down. “I’ll be with you the entire time, sweetie. If it gets to be too much, tell me,” she said. I could feel the love in her voice. It made me feel a little giddy inside. Having her right beside me helped me to resist the heat. I didn’t want to listen to my body. Mom gently squeezed my hand as I continued to cry in my pain, and I was actually able to drift off to sleep. The last thing I felt was a gentle kiss on my forehead.
My eyes fluttered open slowly. I expected to wake up to the pain I was feeling when I fell asleep, but I found that I felt okay… mostly. I had a headache and I still felt off, but the heat wasn’t there anymore. I sat up in my bed, stretching out. I was alone. I was a bit unsteady when I stood up from my bed, but I felt that I was okay to walk. I made my way down the stairs, not bothering to change out of my nightgown. I wanted to find someone, anyone to hug. When I reached the living room, I saw Dad sitting, along. Was he waiting for me to wake up? He stood up when he saw me, and he looked concerned.
“You’re awake!” he said, “How are you feeling?”
“I think the worst has passed,” I said. Dad smiled and held his hands out. I didn’t hesitate to wrap my own around him.
“I just couldn’t go to work today, knowing how much you were hurting,” he said.
“Thanks, Daddy. I’m glad you’re here,” I said, snuggling into him further.
“Anything for my lovely daughter,” he said, gently stroking my hair. I looked up at him.
“Where’s Mom?” I asked.
“She’s out to get a few things to help you feel better,” he said.
“You’re helping me feel better, too,” I said, smiling at him.
“I love you too, Nicole,” he said. I continued to smile as Dad led us both back to the couch. Soon, I was leaning against him while he gently and lovingly stroked my hair.
“Daddy?” I asked, “Why did this have to happen to me?”
“I don’t know, kitten. You don’t deserve to be hurt like this,” he said.
“It was so horrible!” I choked out, my emotions finally starting to pour out. I cried into his chest, sobbing as he hugged me tighter.
“Shhh,” he whispered softly, “Everything’s going to be okay.”
“But what if it gets worse?” I asked.
“We’ll be able to handle it,” he said. The confidence in his tone proved to me that he would do anything in his power to keep something like that from happening to me again.
“Thank you,” I said. He continued to hold me until my tears managed to calm down. I tried to focus on my Daddy’s love as I sat crushed against him. I closed my eyes as my tears finished drying, replaced by a content purring. I didn’t want to leave this spot, surrounded by love. I heard some sounds around me, but I didn’t really care.
“Is she sleeping?” I heard Mom’s voice ask.
“I think so,” Dad answered, “either way, she seems far too happy where she is for me to even consider bothering her.”
“She really loves you, Hal,” she said.
“I know. She’s a true Daddy’s girl,” he said.
“And you’re eating it all up,” Mom said in a joking tone.
“Ever since her accident, I feel like I’ve been meeting my child for the first time all over again. I’m not going to let her go,” he told Mom.
I felt a new hand brush my hair. “She is truly precious, isn’t she?” Mom asked.
I couldn’t help it anymore. A glowing smile grew on my face. Mom laughed.
“It looks like someone is awake after all,” Dad said.
I opened my eyes, still smiling. “I’m sorry. I was just curious.”
Mom smiled right back at me. “Just like a cat.”
I blushed. “I love both of you so much.”
Suddenly, both of my parents wrapped me in a hug. “We love you too, sweetie,” Mom said, “and we’re glad you’re feeling better.”
“How can I feel bad for very long when you’re around?” I asked, snuggling into their embrace. My reward was a kiss on my forehead, and I was all too happy to return it by kissing both of my parents on their cheeks. Suddenly, the phone started to ring, knocking me out of my reverie.
“I’ll get it,” Mom said softly, leaving to the kitchen. She soon returned, telling me that it was for me. I hesitantly picked up the phone, wondering who was calling.
“Hello?” I asked.
“Hey Nikki! It’s John,” the phone told me.
“Oh! Hi John!” I answered.
“You weren’t at school today, so I thought I would check in to see if you’re okay,” he explained.
“School’s over already?” I asked, surprised.
“It ended not too long ago,” he said.
“Wow. I guess I spent most of the day sleeping,” I said.
“Are you feeling okay?” he asked.
“I’m feeling better now, but I appreciate your concern,” I said.
“You’re welcome,” he said. I could tell that he was happy about me thanking him, “I hope you don’t mind me asking, but what happened?”
I blushed, not wanting to recall what actually happened. “Um, can I just leave it at ‘catgirl problems’?”
John laughed. “I don’t think I wanna know.”
I giggled, “Thanks. I’m sorry we weren’t able to take our walk today,” I said.
“It’s not a problem. We can always reschedule it,” he said.
“How about Friday?” I asked.
“That sounds great,” he said. Just then, the phone started to beep in my ear. We were getting another call.
“I’m sorry to have to cut this short, John, but I’m getting another call. I’ll see you tomorrow!” I told him.
“Okay. I’m glad you’re feeling better. Bye!” he said.
“Bye,” I said, switching to the other line. “Leona residence,” I opened.
“Nikki!” a familiar voice called on the other side, “You’re alive!”
“Hi Kate!” I called out, “I’m sorry I didn’t call earlier. I’ve spent most of the day sleeping.”
“I’m just glad to hear from you. Seeing you disappear after you were feeling bad yesterday… I was so worried about you!” she cried.
“I wasn’t expecting to have to stay home today either,” I admitted.
“What happened?” she asked.
I felt that I could trust my best friend. “…I’ve gone into heat,” I said, looking down.
“You’re in heat? As in ‘get pregnant right now!’ heat?” she asked, bewildered.
“Yeah. That heat. If I had gone to school, it wouldn’t have been pretty,” I said, cringing at the thought of what I might have done if left to my instincts.
“Oh my god… are you okay?” she asked, with genuine concern.
“I think so. After figuring out what was happening, Mom gave me a pill to suppress the symptoms. She also gave me a sleeping pill so that I would be zonked out while it took full effect,” I explained.
“I’m so sorry you had to go through that, Nikki. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to be so aroused all the time…”
“You’re telling me. That was the first time I felt anything like that. It wasn’t fun at all,” I said.
“It feels a lot better when you’re around someone you love,” Kate said wistfully.
“Oh?” I chimed, “You’re in love with someone?”
“Yes! I mean, kind of,” she stammered. She seemed embarrassed. Did she not want me to know who she had her eye on?
“I’m happy for you,” I said, “I wish I could find someone I could love.”
“You and John seem like a good couple,” Kate said, her embarrassment seemingly gone.
“But I hardly know him. I can’t know for sure until I spend some time with him,” I said.
“That makes sense. You don’t like it when people you don’t trust touch you, do you?” she asked.
“No, I don’t. It’s one of the cat traits that I’m not too fond of,” I said.
“I know. I’d understand you wanting only people you trust to scratch behind your ear or something, but you react badly when a stranger so much as touches your hair,” she said.
“I wonder when I’ll reach that equilibrium Dr. Reid says I’ll eventually reach,” I wondered.
“You’ll get to it eventually,” Kate said with confidence.
“I hope so. It almost feels like me going into heat is the last obstacle I need to get past in order to finally start getting truly used to all of this,” I said.
“That would be nice. You can stop worrying about what your body will do next and just have fun!” Kate said.
I smiled. “That’ll be the day!”
“Yeah! Well, I’ve got to go. Will you be at school tomorrow?” Kate asked.
“I think so. That suppression pill seems to be working fine,” I said.
“Great! I’ll see you there!” she chirped, and then hung up. I put it back into the kitchen myself before heading back to the living room. Mom smiled at me.
“Have you had anything to eat today?” she asked. Right on cue, my stomach rumbled… loudly. I blushed.
“I guess not,” Dad chuckled.
“Well, I’ve got just the thing for you,” Mom said.
“What is it?” I asked.
“Salmon, and all the milk you can drink!” she said, smiling wider.
“So that’s what you meant by Mom getting things to make me feel better!” I said to Dad.
He rubbed my head. “Well, will it work?”
I giggled. “You two already cheered me up, but this will certainly keep the ball rolling!”
Mom laughed. “If you’re feeling so well, why don’t you come help me prepare your dinner?”
“I’d love to,” I said, bouncing to her side.
After eating a truly wonderful dinner, I ended up going back to bed, despite having slept for most of the day already. I was just tired, and I didn’t want to risk anything that wouldn’t let me see my friends tomorrow.
After school the next day, I found myself in Dr. Reid’s waiting room for my weekly appointment. As I waited for him, I thought about how happy Kate and John were to see me after my absence yesterday. Thankfully, the suppression pill worked just fine, even if I did still feel a little off. I guess it just wasn’t perfect, but I was fine as long as that agonizing heat wasn’t building within me. I was momentarily started when Dr. Reid called for me. I glided to his office and sat down.
“Good afternoon, Nicole,” he said in his friendly tone.
“Good afternoon, Dr. Reid,” I said, smiling at him.
“How are you feeling today? Is your heat being properly suppressed?” he asked.
“It is. I still feel a little off, but that’s normal, right?” I asked.
“Unfortunately, yes. The medicine isn’t perfect, but it should prevent your symptoms from interfering with daily life,” he said.
“It has so far,” I confirmed.
“That’s good. I have to admit that I am surprised that you’ve gone into heat. Hybrids with as little physical change as yourself tend not to enter an estrus cycle,” he said.
“Really? So I got the short end of the stick?” I asked.
“Your heat is a double edged sword, of sorts. On the one hand, the urge to mate can be agonizing unless it’s suppressed. On the other, once you are ready to have children, it will be easier for you to conceive,” he explained.
“Being in heat will make it easier for me to get pregnant?” I asked.
“It’s not just easier. It’s almost guaranteed if you have unprotected sex while you’re in heat,” he said.
I paled. “Does that apply even if I’m suppressing it?”
“Fortunately, no,” he said.
I sighed. “That’s a relief. Still, I have to ask. What are my options for birth control?”
“The easiest option is abstinence,” he said. I wondered if he was joking.
“I know, and I plan to practice that for some time, but I just wanted to know my options for when I’m ready to take that step… or if I have an accident related to my heat,” I said, blushing at the end.
“I understand,” he said, “in that case, your two major options would be an oral contraceptive or a magical contraceptive.”
“There’s magic for that?” I asked, surprised.
“Of course. A well constructed spell can work more effectively than any other method, save for abstinence. The caveat is that most spells need to be casted weekly for maximum effectiveness,” he said.
“And the prices for the components start to add up quickly,” I deduced.
“Exactly. I’d recommend the pill for you. I can start prescribing it whenever you feel you’re ready,” he said.
“I don’t think I’m ready yet,” I said, “but I am wondering… what would happen if I got pregnant?”
“It would depend on who the father is. When one of your eggs is fertilized, the DNA of your child will adopt the traits of the species which is most dominant in your pairing. Since your DNA is dominantly human, you’ll give birth to a completely human baby if the father is human,” he said.
“But a baby can be born with hybrid traits if the father is a hybrid?” I asked.
“Only if his species matches yours. Otherwise, you’ll be unable to conceive,” he said.
“So I’m in as much danger as any other girl when it comes to pregnancy,” I said.
“Yes, especially with your heat cycles,” he said.
I sighed. “How long will the cycles last?”
“It’s common for it to last for about a week. Throughout the spring, you may experience additional cycles every 1-3 weeks,” he explained.
“Well, at least I know that if I start feeling odd, it’s probably coming,” I said.
“Yes. Such knowledge will help to prevent a repeat of yesterday morning’s incident,” he said.
“I never want that to happen again,” I said resolutely.
Dr. Reid smiled. For the rest of the hour, we talked about my remaining insecurities regarding my feline features. He was impressed that I was making so much effort to adjust, and I explained that my heat would probably be the hardest thing for me to get used to. If I could deal with that… I could probably deal with anything. It was actually a liberating feeling.
I was really starting to think of what Laura gave as a gift. The realization made me so giddy that I really wanted to give someone a nice, loving lick.
The next day at school, I came to school in a dress because I was feeling so happy. I could still tell that I was in heat, but the pills were doing their job beautifully. Kate still observed that I was acting more catlike, though. I guess I couldn’t escape that, but Kate loved seeing me act adorable so much that I just let all of my instincts out on her. I couldn’t get through a full day of school anymore without a good ear scratching from my best friend.
Kate was actually giving me a second one after school, giggling as I fell into a purr in the middle of the hall.
“It’s amazing how much you enjoy this,” she said, giving me one last scratch.
“I can’t help it. You know just the right place to scratch!” I said.
Kate giggled. “You know me. I know all of my best friend’s secret scratch spots!”
“But there’s really only the one…” I started.
“Then knowing one is knowing all,” she said, smiling.
“I guess so. Anyway, it’s about time for me to meet John. I’ll call you later,” I said.
“You’d better!” she said, “I want to know all the juicy details!”
“You do know it’s not a date, right?” I asked.
“Details, details,” she laughed, “now get out there! The poor boy’s waiting for you!”
“Yes Ma’am!” I said, with a mock salute. I walked through the hall and out of the school, where I found John standing near the steps. I waved happily to him.
“Hey there,” he said, “you look beautiful today.”
“Thank you. You’re looking handsome yourself,” I replied.
He smiled. “Well, shall we start our little adventure?”
“Lead the way!” I said, smiling back. It was so easy to smile around John. I fell in step with him as he started to walk down the sidewalk.
“It’s nice to just walk around here, isn’t it?” he asked.
“It is,” I agreed.
“But are you sure you’re okay in those heels? You’ll be walking for a while,” he said.
I giggled, “I’ll be fine. Ever since I became a catgirl, my heels have been more comfortable in the air than on the ground. I started off by wearing flats, but I spend so much time on my toes that I just decided to wear heels all the time instead. It’s not like it’s any different.”
“Wow. And you’re as comfortable in those as I am in these sneakers?” he asked.
I nodded. “I honestly never notice that I’m wearing them.”
“As natural as you seem in them, I can understand why,” he said.
“Kate’s always telling me that she’s jealous,” I said. John laughed.
“To be able to wear heels all the time with no trouble or pain? I know a lot of girls who would love to be able to do that,” he said.
“It’s definitely an upside to all of this,” I said.
“You said that you changed about two weeks ago, right? You’re getting used to things really quickly.”
“It was hard at first, but I just have to remember that I’m still me, even if I have some extras,” I said, grinning.
“You really got lucky with your change. You’ve got all the fun parts of being a cat,” he said.
“Do you like cats?” I asked.
“Like them? I love them!” he gushed, “I couldn’t live without my cats.”
“You really are an animal person, aren’t you?” I asked.
“Definitely. Oh, wait. Here’s a good spot. A raccoon lives between these houses,” he said, pointing to the spot. Sure enough, a raccoon scurried away when he started to walk into the area. He frowned. “I don’t have a spell that can attract raccoons.”
“How hard is it to make a spell?” I asked.
“It’s pretty difficult. The properties of a spell depend so much on the components that it’s really easy to create something that doesn’t come even close to your goal,” he said.
“What about the words?” I asked.
“They help to provide direction to a spell. If I just blindly channeled the energy of a group of components, I’d end up with raw, unpredictable magic. The words channel the energy into doing something useful,” he explained.
“How do you figure out what components you need to cast your attraction spells?” I asked, fascinated by the topic.
“I’ve found that the best thing to start off with in that case is something from the animal I’m trying to attract. A bird feather to attract birds, cat fur to attract cats, and so on… but that won’t do it alone. I still don’t know how I managed to attract you with a spell for birds, but I’m glad I did,” he said, softly smiling.
“Maybe the fact that I’m both cat and human made your spell affect me in a more unique way?” I asked, instinctively smiling back.
“It’s possible. Would you like to help me test it again later?” he asked.
“Sure. That would be fun,” I said.
We continued our walk, with John pointing out more areas where animals were hiding. I was especially interested in a place he affectionately called “cat alley”, and I was thrilled to see so many cats in one place. I just felt so connected with them, and they took an instant liking to me.
Somewhere during our walk, we ended up holding hands. It felt nice and almost natural, and it satisfied a need for touch that I didn’t know was creeping up on me. When the sun started to set, John was kind enough to walk me all the way home. This time, he didn’t get lost.
“Thank you for showing me these special areas of town. I had a great time,” I told him in front of my house.
“No, thank you. You’re fun company,” he said.
“So are you,” I said with a smile.
“I hope we can do something like this again sometime,” he said.
“Me too,” I agreed. The two of us shared a quick hug before going our separate ways. I opened the door to find that Mom had been watching our exchange. She smiled gently at me.
“Did you have a good time, sweetie?” she asked.
“I did. He’s a really nice guy,” I said.
“You like him, don’t you?” she asked.
“I think so,” I admitted with a blush.
“I’m glad to see that you’re finally starting to date,” she said, giving me a hug.
“Me too. I just hope that he asks me on a genuine date soon!” I said with a laugh.
“Any boy would be silly to not want to ask you out,” I heard Dad’s voice say, “but I do reserve the right to take out the shotgun.”
“You wouldn’t!” I gasped, trying my hardest not to laugh.
“Are you sure? It’s in the Father’s handbook for raising daughters!” he said, smiling. I couldn’t help it and pealed into laughter.
“I’ll make sure my boyfriends don’t earn that privilege,” I said.
“I’m sure you will,” he said, rubbing my head.
With that, a great day ended on a high note. I basked in the love of my family, I was probably about to get a boyfriend, and I was truly accepting my gifts from Laura. Sure, there would be tough spots in the future, but I would get through them, all while enjoying my new life.
And, if life ever threw something unexpected at me, I’d just have to give it a good lick!