Ludwig was walking home after a hard days work. He was worn out and just wanted to get home quickly. But as he walked passed an alley, he heard something hit the wall and then a low groan. He glanced into the alley. He heard something moving, but he didn't know what it was, so he decided to call out.
"Hello? Is someone there?" He heard more movement and a trash can flipped over, then it got quiet. He hesitated, but then walked into the alley. He glanced around the dumpster and saw a huge wooden box. The lid was crooked, as if something got in there. With caution, he took a step toward the box and moved the lid off. As soon as he did, a boy sprang out and went into a corner, cowering in fear.
"Please don't hurt me! I-I wasn't going to stay long, I was going to leave in the morning!" Ludwig was confused at first but he walked over.
"I'm not going to hurt you." He stopped short when the boy looked at him, and his eyes widened. The boy was only wearing a long white shirt with long sleeves. But that's not what caught Ludwig's attention. It was the boy's brown cat ears. He didn't notice them at first but when the boy looked at him his ears stood up. So they were definitely real. He looked down at the boy's legs, and sure enough, there was a brown cat tail. He had never seen anyone like him. Was he the only one?
The boy was staring at Ludwig. He stood up slowly and tilted his head to the side. He walked over to Ludwig slowly and sniffed him. Ludwig blushed and pushed him away.
"W-What the hell are you doing!?"
"Sniffing. I smelled something sweet, so I thought it was coming from you. Turns out I was right." The boy smiled. "My name is Feliciano. What's your name?"
Ludwig was confused at his sudden change in behavior, but he answered anyway.
"Nice to meet you Ludwig!" Feliciano smiled as his tail wagged a bit. Ludwig sighed.
"Earlier you said you were going to stay here until morning. Does that mean you have no where to live?" he asked, recieving a nod from Feliciano. He ran his hand through his hair. He probably could bring him home, but he didn't know how his brother would react. More than likely he would scare the poor boy. But he decided that was the best option. He didn't want him living on the streets.
"Do you want to come live with me? I don't want you out on these streets, it's dangerous." Feliciano stared at him in amazement.
"R-Really? You'll let me live with you?"
Ludwig smiled and nodded. The boy smiled and gave Ludwig a tight hug.
"This is fantastic! Grazie, Ludwig!"
Ludwig blushed and tried to push him off, but he had a death hold on him. Ludwig sighed and gave up. He took the boy home.
When they got home, Feliciano went off to explore the whole house. Ludwig went to the living room. He picked up the phone and called one of his friends.
"Hello?" he heard a soft reply on the phone.
"Hey Kiku, may I ask you something?"
"Hai, go ahead."
"What are those things in your manga called, the people with cat ears and cat tails?"
"Nekos. May I ask why you wanted to know this? You never showed interest in it before."
Ludwig sighed. "I found one on my way home today. His name is Feliciano."
There was a long silence. Then Kiku asked, "Did you find one that looked like him named Lovino?"
"Someone else must have him then."
"What do you mean?"
"Remember that lab that got closed down a few months ago? They were doing experiments on two boys, named Feliciano and Lovino. When the lab got shut down they just threw them out on the streets cause no one wanted them."
"Hai, I know. It's quite odd that they would be separated though. May I come over tomorrow and see Feliciano?"
"Sure, I don't mind."
"Arigato. Good night Ludwig."
"Good night Kiku."
As he hung up, Feliciano came running in the room. He looked around excitedly and Ludwig couldn't help but smile at him. He sat down on the couch and looked at him.
"Hey Feliciano, can I ask you something?"
"Sure thing, Ludwig." Feliciano said as he sat down beside him. He laid down, with his head in Ludwig's lap as he stared up at him with his bright amber eyes. Ludwig blushed faintly.
"What happened to your brother? I called a friend of mine, he told me what happened to you two."
Feliciano sighed sadly. "I wish I knew that too. He went to get food one morning and he never came back. I think someone took him in, like you did with me."
"I see," was all Ludwig said. He began to pet him softly and Feliciano purred. It was nice and quiet for a few moments. Or it was until the front door slammed open.
"Ludwig! I'm home!" Feliciano's ears twitched and he sat up. Ludwig facepalmed.
"Ve~ Who's that?"
Soon, Gilbert walked in and saw the neko sitting on the couch. They stared at each other for a while.
"What the hell!?"