"Fratello! Help me!" Feliciano screamed as the men took him out of his cage. Lovino growled and threw himself against the bars of his own cage.
"Let him go! Can't you see he doesn't want this!? Don't do this to him or I will make you regret this for the rest of your life!" he screamed, but it was useless. They ignored him. Soon they opened his cage and took him out also.
"No! Let me go! Bastards you'll regret this!" he yelled struggling against the man's strong grip. He saw the needle approach his skin. He heard his brother's pitiful scream.
It got closer and closer...
Lovino woke with a start. He had yet another nightmare. He had been having them more frequently after he and his brother had got thrown out on the streets. He looked over at Feliciano, who was sleeping peacefully. Lovino sat up and peeked out from the bushes they were hidden in. People were walking around as usual. His stomach growled, reminding him that he hasn't eaten in a while. It was so hard to get food. He heard the grass rustle as Feliciano stirred.
Lovino looked back at him. Feliciano sat up and stretched, his tail uncurling as he did. He looked at Lovino worriedly.
"Are you okay? You look like you've seen a ghost." Lovino growled.
Lovino sighed and looked out the bushes again. He knew he had to go get food, but he was tired of the weird looks he got. People weren't used to seeing a boy who was only wearing a white shirt with cat ears and a cat tail. It was unnatural you could say. But he was sure everyone knew what had happened to him and his brother. The lab had made it public. They had humiliated him and his brother in front of everyone. Just thinking about it made him angry.
"Fratello, I'm hungry..." Feliciano said in a soft voice. Lovino looked at him sadly.
"I know. I am too. Just wait here okay? I'll go get us some food."
"Remember, if I don't come back before dark you must get out of here," he reminded him.
Lovino crawled out the bushes and got up. He walked off, ignoring the people who stared at him. He was used to it by now. As he was looking through the windows of food shops, he didn't notice that a man was following him. He was staring in a sushi shop, thinking of the easiest way to steal some when the man grabbed his arm. He glared at him and let out a threatening growl.
"Let go!" he screamed, yet the man just smiled at him. He reached up and grabbed one of his cat ears.
"Whoa. I thought they were fake. But they are too soft to be fake," he said as Lovino pushed his hand away.
"Of course they're real bastardo!" Lovino began to walk away and the man followed.
"What's your name? I'm Antonio."
"Why the hell should I tell you?" Lovino wished he would leave him alone so he could get some food for him and his brother. If this guy was folowing him, there was no way he would get away quick enough. His blushed when his stomach growled loudly. Antonio smiled.
"Are you hungry?" he asked.
"No!" Lovino growled. Antonio grabbed his arm.
"Come with me," he said as he led Lovino away. Lovino tried to pull his arm away.
"Bastardo! Let go of me!"
Antonio took him to a fruit stand, where he bought four tomatoes. He gave two of them to Lovino.
"Eat up," he said, taking a bite from one of the tomatoes he held. They walked down the street silently.
"Lovino," the brown-haired neko mumbled suddenly.
"My name is Lovino," he said as he looked up at Antonio.
"Lovino huh? Cute name," Antonio said. Lovino blushed and looked away as he kept eating his tomato.
Eventually Lovino noticed it was getting dark. His eyes widened.
"I-I have to go!" he shouted as he took off.
"Hey, wait!" he heard Antonio call from behind him. But he didn't slow down. When he finally got to the bushes, he crawled in. His face fell when he noticed it was empty. Feliciano was gone. He backed out and just sat there. He heard Antonio run up behind him.
"Hey, what's wrong?" he asked. Lovino looked up at him with tears in his eyes. But they weren't tears of sadness. They were tears of anger.
"I stayed with you too long! Now my fratello is gone!" he screamed as the tears poured from his eyes. Antonio's eyes widened a bit.
"Fratello? You mean you have a brother?"
"Yes! I always told him to leave if I didn't come back before dark cause that means the scientists got me! But that wasn't even the case and now he's gone!" Lovino growled as more tears ran down his face. They sat in silence as Lovino cried. Finally Antonio kneeled down and hugged the younger boy.
Lovino didn't protest. He just cried in Antonio's arms.