Caught in a Cat Romance

I just looked over my latest blog posts, and for a romance writer, I haven’t been writing a whole lot about romance. So this week, I bring you the greatest romance of all time:

The romance of my cats.  

Stay tuned, there is a car accident, so you know this romance has a dramatic climax. This is a true story… with some assumptions.

Meet Jones. He’s our handsome panther boy, born out of an illicit affair between our friend’s Savannah cat and his common house mansion cat (that’s a love story all on its own, there was a jail break involved).

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Jones has always been affectionate, with humans anyway.

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Kim, professional cat spooner.

He loves spooning. Mostly.

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Jones, pondering his life choices.

But he never really got along with other cats.

Then came Shativ.

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With her glamorous dusty rose coat.

Shativ is a sweetheart from the wrong side of the tracks. She came to us to get a second chance after she was hit by a car and lost a leg (this is not the car accident I referenced earlier).

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Figure 1. A ball of cat.

But she doesn’t let it get her down, she can do anything she sets her mind to, like climbing to the top of the 7-foot-tall cat castle.

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Her “fashionable” leopard print cat castle.

Plus, she has a great sense of humor about it. Sometimes a great, DARK sense of humor (yes, that’s an axe).

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Beware the heartless stare.

Back to the romance.  Their meet-cute looked something like this (cue unhappy cat noises from Shativ):

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Jones never quite caught on to the whole “personal space” thing.

But Jones was smitten. He didn’t give up. He even tried to woo her with his laser vision.

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His charming smile didn’t work either.

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Shativ just couldn’t be with him.  He was a rich boy from an actual mansion.  She was a teen mom (seriously, kittens having kittens) before she came to us. He’d never understand her, not after everything she’d been through.  He just wasn’t hard enough. Unlike Shativ.

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Shativ represents.

At least we assume that’s the conversation that happened.

Because then Jones, in what we can only conclude was meant to be a grand gesture of his love for Shativ, threw himself in front of a car.

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Jones, asking us to sign his cast.

After multiple surgeries and a long recovery…

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Jones, showing off his shaved leg, trying out for a Venus razor commercial.

Shativ finally opened her heart (pictured here, a romantic date down by the fire).

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They are indoor kitties now after the accident, but we make sure they still get plenty of long, romantic walks.

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And they lived happily ever after.

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Well, except for when Kim ruins their dates, much to Shativ’s disappointment.

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But Jones doesn’t seem to mind.

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Shativ and Jones are featured on my Instagram @alixsharpewrites along with other romantic, magical, and/or shiny things.

As a side note to the cat romance, the bond between Kim and Jones inspired me so much that I gave Jones a minor role in my Contemporary Fantasy Romance novella, Divine Illusions.  While no human pair could ever hope to capture the same kind of perfect magic that Shativ and Jones share, I like to think spell-casting soldiers Keira Clearwater and Hale Draven come in at a close second ;).

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