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Topic: Curiosity Killed the Cat (10/10/13)
TITLE: Kitty Cat
By Darleen Coon
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Her uncle had asked her to accompany Cameron to a dinner party tomorrow evening at her uncle’s home.
As she watched, the beautiful blonde woman sitting across the table handed him an envelope which was placed in his briefcase.
Questions raced through her mind. What was in the envelope? Who was the woman? What was he doing in this part of town if he worked in Queens?
Impulsively, she followed him as he left the restaurant. He walked briskly, and Kitty was breathless trying to keep up with his long strides. Entering the movie theater, someone at the counter handed him another envelope.
She continued to tail him through the park and was almost run over by a bicyclist. She held out a hand to help the boy up. “I’m so sorry. Are you all right?”
The boy brushed himself off. “Yeah, I’m okay.”
“Good, sorry again.” She yelled over her shoulder as she took off after Cameron’s retreating back.
At the street corner, the light was changing to don’t walk. Since she didn’t want to lose him, she raced across. Cars began beeping their horns and drivers yelled. “Can’t you read? What’s the rush? Crazy lady!”
After he made stops at a department store, an ice cream parlor and a flower shop, receiving an envelope at each stop, she was more convinced than ever that he was up to something nefarious.
Was he extorting money from the business owners, or perhaps passing drugs?
When she arrived at her uncle’s home the next evening, she was determined to find out more about the mysterious Cameron Stevens.
Uncle Leon greeted her with his pet name for her. “Ah, my beautiful Kitty Cat. I’m so glad you decided to come to our little shindig.”
She followed him into the living room, recognizing the tall dark-haired man across the room instantly.
Uncle Leon cleared his throat and reached behind him, pulling her forward. “Cameron, I’d like you to meet my niece, Kitty O’Brien.”
Cameron firmly shook her hand. “It’s a pleasure to finally meet you Miss O’Brien. Your uncle has told me good things about you.”
“Thank you. I’m very glad to finally meet you.” She took a step back as she pulled her hand away from his.
She studied him, trying to decide how to get the answers to her many questions about his suspicious activities from the day before. She took a deep breath. “I believe I saw you downtown yesterday, Mr. Stevens.”
He simply smiled and nodded. “Yes, I was downtown yesterday. Where did you see me?”
“Um, I think it was somewhere around Vinnie’s Pizzeria.” She studied his face for signs of guilt.
“Ah, yes, I was there collecting donations for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters annual fundraising dinner that’s being held next week. Businesses often donate gift cards to be given as door prizes for the event.” He reached to take a stuffed mushroom from the passing tray.
He was about to take a bite when recognition dawned on his face. He snapped his fingers. “Wait, I saw you too. You almost got run over by a bike and then crossed against traffic. Are you always so careless, Miss O’Brien? You almost got yourself killed!”
Her face immediately turned red as she lowered her eyes and mumbled, “I was in a hurry.”
He reached over, lifting her chin with his fingers so that she looked into his warm golden-brown eyes. Softly he murmured, “Do you know the idiom about curiosity, Miss O’Brien?”
Unable to break the hold of his gaze, she simply shook her head from side to side.
“Given your name and nature, I would think you might have heard it a time or two.” He chuckled.
As his meaning became apparent, she bit her lip and lowered her gaze again.
“In the interest of your well-being, Miss O’Brien, would you join me at the fundraiser?” He smirked as she jerked her head up.
She laughed. “Well, if you insist, Mr. Stevens, I would be honored. After all, I want to live a long and happy life.”
Taking her elbow to lead her into dinner, he agreed. “I want that for you too, Kitty Cat.”
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