Me: (In black exercise gear – just back from a
jog walk – very pleased with myself at having actually walked)
MysteryMan: What’s happened to your t-shirt? ∗peers at said t-shirt∗
MysteryMan: It’s cat hair, isn’t it? You’ve got a ton of cat hair on you.
Me: Oh I met a cat at the park. She’s a real cutie. ∗tries to brush-off cat hair but isn’t able to∗
MysteryMan: How? How did that happen? Did you roll over the cat? Do you know how unhygienic it could be? It’s a dirty outdoor cat, for god’s sake. For all you know, it probably carries a million diseases. ∗rants on∗
Me: ∗tries for an angelic smile, probably fails∗
Me: She rubbed against me. She’s this super-soft tortoiseshell cat. I’ll call her Tortie, shall I?
Mystery Man: …….
Me: An interesting bit of trivia for you. All tortoiseshell cats are female. Did you know that?
Mystery Man: ∗exasperatedly washes his hands off situation∗
Me: ∗emerges as the triumphant victor∗