The gack attack had been silent.
I'd just walked this way and it wasn't there then. It had to have recently occurred. I narrowed the time down to between when I fed the cats, went into my office and turned on my computer, and now, when I came out for a glass of hot water.
Yes, it looked like it had not dried.
I suspected Quinn. He'd just raced in and gobbled food, having been out all morning. Now he was nowhere in sight. That figured. All the cats vacate the crime scene.
Could be Scheckter, though. Hunting his usual spots, I found him curled up, dead asleep on the sofa. His alibi seemed solid.
Lady was in the office. She'd been in there for sometime, including when I was powering up.... The spatter pattern didn't follow her standard MO. Nor did the location. She preferred carpets or rugs and corners. This was on the dining room floor.
Yes, Quinn upped his chuck in open space. Besides, there was a solid gray hair ball in this mess.
It looked like long hair.
Deciding it was Quinn, I worried about copy cat gackers. Fortunately the crime was on the hardwood floor. Clean up was easy.
Another worry reared up.
Gacks usually come in twos.
With that disturbing thought, I froze in place, afraid to move, lest my bare foot find the second gack.
My caution paid off. The secondary gack was located a foot to my right. I shuddered to think what would have happened had I moved that way. Smaller, I dispatched the gack quickly.
I searched for Quinn to ensure he was okay. He was on the back patio, looking guilty and contrite.
Returning to the office to type up my report, I allowed Lady the opporunity to lounge on my lap. Within a few minutes, she leaped up and launched a gack attack - on the carpeted office floor, in the corner.
Minutes later, Quinn rushed in, crying for food. I pointed out the food still in his bowl. He turned his nose up at it.
That fit his MO. He never hate the same food that he'd just refunded.
Two out of three of the cats had gacked. Lady's was a small, watery mess, likely a sympathy gack. Two out of three gacking in a day fit the cats' regular patterns.
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