“Come on, monster kitty, make yourself useful for once.”
Shuichi picked up the reluctant calico cat that was now looking at him with a reproachful stare. He ignored the cat in his arms and walked into the living room where Jodie had curled up on their couch.
With the one hand that was not holding the cat, he gently ran his fingers through his partner's hair. When Jodie finally looked up, he set the cat carefully down on her lap.
“Do you want to talk about it?” he asked her.
In response, she simply pulled him and the cat closer.