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• 12 year old Callum always wanted a pet but of course his dad only made fun of him.
• "What you want a pet for, eh?" Jonno would say. "Find yourself a girlfriend instead. That's a pet that talks and you don't even have to walk it."Jonno would laugh at his own sick, twisted joke.
• Whilst Jonno would be passed out on the sofa drunk, Callum would sneak outside and feed the ginger stray cat that wondered through his garden.
• He'd named him Eric.
• Sometimes Eric wouldn't show up when Callum tapped the tin of tuna so he'd have to sneak to the bushes and call out his name.
• When Eric turned up, Callum would sit for a few moments watching him eat and then pet him before sneaking back inside his house unnoticed.
• When Stuart found out about Callum's hobby, he went out and got him a collar and helped him put it on Eric.
• Stuart would help Callum look for food to feed Eric because they could barely rely on their dad to feed them never mind a cat.
• One day Jonno woke up early from his drunken nap and caught Callum with Eric.
• He raced outside and grabbed Callum by his top, slurring curse words and insults at him.
• Stuart raced downstairs and pushed Callum out of the way.
• Jonno only took it out on him, of course.
• After that, Callum didn't see Eric again. He figured Jonno must have scared him off with all the shouting.
• Ben, on the other hand, doesn't like the idea of dogs. 'They take a lot of responsibility and have the habit of licking you,' he'd once said to Callum.
• When they discuss getting a pet, Callum tells Ben about the cat from his childhood and Ben takes it upon himself to organise a visit to the pet shelter.
• One day, Ben surprises Callum with a visit to the pet shelter and they end up adopting a black and white cat.
• They name him Rick because Ben has a huge crush on Rick from The Walking Dead and the name reminds Callum of Eric, sort of like a honour to his lost cat.
• Ironically, Rick is the most domestic cat you’ll ever meet even though he hisses a lot (Callum thinks he gets that from Ben).
• Rick sleeps a lot.
• The rare times he's awake, he follows Ben everywhere.
• Ben doesn't admit it, but he loves having Rick follow him around. It gives him the feeling of appreciation.
• Callum usually arrives home before Ben and so he cuddles up on the sofa and watches his silly show toons.
• Rick will strut over to Callum and just lay on his lap, letting Callum pet him whilst they wait for Ben.
• But as soon as Ben arrives home, Rick moves to the opposite end of the sofa and pretends he wasn't just getting all cosy with Callum.
• When Ben collapses onto the sofa next to Callum, Rick will flop himself across Ben's lap and start purring. "Drama queen." Callum would roll his eyes at the cat.
• Ben likes to tease Callum and so he talks to Rick like:"Did you miss me, baby?"
• Callum gets slightly jealous and will roll his eyes at how affectionate Ben's being with a simple cat.
• Ben will then hook his arm around Callum's waist and rest his head on Callum's chest. "I missed you." He'll say.
• When Callum leans in for a kiss, Rick will hiss as to say "hands off."
• Ben chuckles and then angles his body so that Rick is moved to the side, hidden from Callum.
• Ben kisses and Callum and then gets up to fetch a beer, Rick following in suit.
• At night, Rick either sleeps on Ben's clothes or he'll sleep at the foot of their bed.
• When Ben and Callum do 'the sex', Rick will head out of the room and sleep on the sofa. Almost as if he knows what's happening.
• When it's Ben's turn with Lexi, Rick is a completely different cat, he hardly sleeps and he's constantly full of energy.
• Lexi brings a small plastic light with her one time. Ben and Callum laugh as she teases Rick and has him chase a little red light across the floor.
• Once Lexi's tucked in bed for the night, Rick will sleep outside her door, as if he's a guard of some sort.
• Callum and Ben didn't release how domestic their lives could become with a simple cat. But they wouldn't change it for the world.