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22 August 2011 @ 05:53 pm
[Nightlight-verse]  
So in a series of events that no one could possibly have foreseen, Auggie has been turned into a kitten.

An adorable kitten.

An adorable, gray, blind kitten.

Lucky he has sympathetic friends, huh?
 
 
 
Tony Stark, accept no substitutes: += endeavouring to make breakfasttoblameforit on August 22nd, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
One of those sympathetic friends is currently sprawled across a couch by the fire, one leg dangling over the side, drinking beer and feeling generally content with his life.
August Anderson: I heard that.seeagreatergood on August 22nd, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
All things considered, Auggie is probably lucky that he was at a table near the fire when this happened. The traffic over here is a little less busy than elsewhere in the bar.

Lighter traffic doesn't make the sudden rush of sensory information any less overwhelming though. He can hear everything, smell things he doesn't even have names for, feel air currents and vibrations on his face -- no, shit, his whiskers -- and through his paws.

He inches backwards until he bumps into the leg of a chair, opens his mouth, and mews as loudly as he can.
Tony Stark, accept no substitutes: -= poking your head out of Baker Streettoblameforit on August 22nd, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Tony puts down his beer and leans over the arm of the couch, peering in the direction of the kitten.

It's cute, it's fluffy, it's in distress.

"Hey you," he says. Talking to a kitten does not actually feel all that stupid at Milliways. "Need a hand?"
August Anderson: Cheating at polygraphsseeagreatergood on August 22nd, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
His ears twitch towards the familiar voice, sniffs the air.

Tony Stark. Oh thank God. He's never going to hear the end of this and he doesn't care.

Mewwwww.
Tony Stark, accept no substitutes: -= seriously?toblameforit on August 22nd, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)




"Auggie, is that you."
August Anderson: Taking issue with that statementseeagreatergood on August 23rd, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Auggie facepaws.
Tony Stark, accept no substitutes: *= cranking up the charmtoblameforit on August 23rd, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
"Oh my god, Auggie."

He hauls himself off the couch and kneels down on the floor beside the little grey kitten, holding out his hands. His voice has a very rueful grin in it.

"You mind if I pick you up?"
August Anderson: White caneseeagreatergood on August 23rd, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
Auggie mews again, pitifully, and pads towards the smell of Tony's hands.

. . . And runs into them face-first.

Look this is a very strange body okay?
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August Anderson: Computer workseeagreatergood on August 24th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Several days go by.

Auggie is doing a little better at controlling his new body, and he's more or less figured out how to interpret the wealth of sensory information. The problem is, he's really starting to dread the possibility that he'll be stuck like this, tiny and unable to talk and crapping in a for-fuck's-sake litter box.

Tony helps by providing constant cuddles, but he can't stay at home coddling Auggie all the time. When he's not at school, Stark Industries needs him on a semi-regular basis -- which means Auggie gets to wander the house by himself and wonder if he'll have to learn to catch mice.
Sherlock Holmes, after a fashion: == very conscientiouslyif_inconvenient on August 24th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
There's always Sherlock, who for once is not playing the violin but is instead curled up in bed with a book.
August Anderson: A very good listenerseeagreatergood on August 24th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
When he catches Sherlock's scent (the incredible complexity and depth of smells like this is kind of awesome, he has to admit), he heads down the hallway to see if he can actually get into Sherlock's workshop.
Sherlock Holmes, after a fashion: <= it's good to be homeif_inconvenient on August 24th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
Both doors are open.
August Anderson: I heard that.seeagreatergood on August 24th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Score.

When he pokes his head into Sherlock's bedroom, he mews to announce his arrival.
Sherlock Holmes, after a fashion: != quintessentially Starkif_inconvenient on August 24th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
"Afternoon," he says amicably. "Here to keep me company?"
August Anderson: Hand to handseeagreatergood on August 24th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
For an answer, he moves further into the room until he finds Sherlock's bed and attempts to scramble up onto it.

. . . This is faintly pathetic. He's not quite big enough to make the leap, so he has to try and claw his way up the bedspread.
Sherlock Holmes, after a fashion: <= I know it sounds absurdif_inconvenient on August 24th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
"Want a lift?" Sherlock offers.
August Anderson: I heard that.seeagreatergood on August 24th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Mewwww.

That's a yes.
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August Anderson: Taking issue with that statementseeagreatergood on August 24th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
It's been a week since Auggie first turned into a cat.

He's still a cat.

He's really, really not happy about it. Tony spent half an hour trying to coax him out from under a couch this afternoon, without success. When dinner rolled around, Auggie finally emerged, but he hasn't been in the greatest mood.

When night falls, he finds himself gravitating towards Sherlock's room again.
Sherlock Holmes, after a fashion: == ultimately inconsequentialif_inconvenient on August 24th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Sherlock is just packing up his violin.

He follows Auggie into his bedroom without a word.
August Anderson: I heard that.seeagreatergood on August 24th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
He's restless, poking his nose into corners and under furniture -- although he's not very interested in anything he finds.
Sherlock Holmes, after a fashion: == six and a half minutesif_inconvenient on August 24th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
Sherlock crouches down to pet him.

"I love you," he murmurs. It's rare for Sherlock to say that. Tony is the one who always lets it slip without thinking, caught up in a rush of emotion. Sherlock is usually more reserved, more careful of Auggie's stated preference.
August Anderson: Talk you through itseeagreatergood on August 24th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)



As ever, Auggie's not entirely sure what to do with that -- all the more so because it's coming from Sherlock.

(And because it makes him want to purr, and because he's upset, and because he shouldn't think about things like the precise difference in the timbre of Sherlock and Tony's voices when they say that and he shouldn't think about Sherlock and Tony's hands when they say that and he shouldn't.

For almost the first time in the week, he's glad he can't talk. It means he doesn't have to come up with a response.)

His ears flatten uncertainly.
Sherlock Holmes, after a fashion: == come all the sameif_inconvenient on August 25th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
He rests his hand on Auggie's back and sighs.

"I'm sorry. I shouldn't—I only meant—oh, I don't know."
August Anderson: A very good listenerseeagreatergood on August 25th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Auggie lets out a little huff of air and twists to butt his head against Sherlock's hand. It's okay. He doesn't know either.
Sherlock Holmes, after a fashion: == very conscientiouslyif_inconvenient on August 25th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
Sherlock scritches gently under Auggie's chin.

"Time for bed, I think. Are you staying tonight?"
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