Cat’s Purr – Trifecta

Written for the Trifecta writing challenge week 111. A story about a politician who is “influenced” begins after the photo.

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Cat’s Purr

The television blared with people being interviewed. “Senator Powers makes me feel good about the future,” said a housewife. “That’s why I’m voting for him.”

“It seems the new microphones are working as advertised, Senator,” said the lovely Ellen Hawke.

“That nerdy boy was right about kitty purrs,” said Senator Powers. “I’ll be in the oval office come November.” He sat in his office chair, legs spread wide as his grin. “I think it’s time we celebrate.”

Ellen looked away. “We’ve discussed this before, Sir.”

Powers sighed sourly. “Fine! Send the next’un in.”

Ellen closed the office door and returned to her desk. A man stood at her desk. He smiled. “Allan Burrent, AFA.”

Ellen smoothed her angry features and sat. Her Siamese cat, Rigby, jumped in her lap and watched him. Ellen raised an eyebrow “AFA?”

“Anthro-Feline Association.”

She smirked. “Human-cat? Interesting name.”

Burrent grinned. “You mentioned, concerns, to a friend who since has brought them to our attention. We’d like to discuss techniques with the Senator.”

Ellen only ever told Rigby her worries. She consulted her calendar. Shrugging, she buzzed him in.


“Allan Burrent, Anthro Feline Association.”

“Anti whut?” said Powers.

“We’re…Cat People.”

“Alrighty. What can cat lovers do fer me?”

“We know that your microphones send a signal identical to cat purrs along with your voice, to manipulate listeners into fanatic support for your election. We dislike this misappropriation of purring. It is the bailiwick of cats alone after all.”

“So whut? It ain’t illegal. Now, if you ain’t offerin’ me a home in Bermuda or defense contracts, we’re done here.”

“I did mention, we’re cat people?”

“Cat lovers, uh huh.”

“Cat People.” He held up his hand and five large retractable claws emerged. He slashed lighting quick, missing Powers’ neck by millimeters. The Senator’s tie fell away.


Burrent closed the office door.

“How did it go?” said Ellen.

“We made our point.” He winked.

As he left, Rigby purred on her lap with satisfaction.
The Trifecta blog offers writing prompts each week for flash fiction between 33 and 333 words long, using the third definition of a word. This week’s word was: manipulate. Here’s a link for the prompt:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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11 Responses to Cat’s Purr – Trifecta

  1. Indira says:

    What a funny idea to manipulate voters and it worked. lol. Anthro Feline Association! very imaginative mind you have got.


  2. atrm61 says:

    Ha!The purr can turn into a slash anytime!The Senator better watch it-never mess with cat or cat people-didn’t he know that? ;-)Love your imagination EA-may I steal a bit? 😀


    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. Those kitties can turn nasty in a flash. Best not to wear expensive ties when they’re angry. 😉 Some people, like the Senator are just out of touch and know not to mess with Cat People. I’ll be sending some imagination your way via USPS. Keep an eye out for it. 😉


  3. Lyn says:

    Another great story Eric! I love the idea of cat people. Wouldn’t put it past any politician to use whatever dirty trick they can to win. Politicians and snakes – can’t trust either of them.


    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Given a choice between the two, I’d take the snake. Dirty tricks are what politicians specialize in, rather than solving problems which is what they’re elected for. Too bad Cat People aren’t real. Maybe they could keep our elected criminals in line. 😉 Anyway, glad you enjoyed the story.


  4. Love the play on words with Cat People. And the tie slashing.


    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Kymm! The Senator didn’t quite get it clearly until his tie fell off. I think he understood his situation much better after that. I hope he treated Ellen with a little more respect after that too. 😉 Thanks for stopping in!


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