The Cat in the Pack

by Kevin Lawver
originally published at 10:27AM on Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Howard took the teen’s stunned silence and kicked as hard as he could, launching the teen assassin and her feline master into the children’s section. She landed in the story circle, unconscious, the cat trapped beneath her, mewling for a rescue that wouldn’t come.

Howard wasn’t dead. He swore under his breath and picked himself up, wincing at the knot in his back caused by the fall over the cart.

What now? He’d told Kristin his secret. Well, this was a night of firsts, and if he was going to be a superhero (with a codename, even), he’d have to face many hard truths.

“Let’s get this over with,” he sighed as he started towards the back door.

“Howard! You made it!”, screamed the mousy law librarian (her name is Cheryl) from the open door of the Bookmobile. “Come on, we have to get out of here! We found Tinker Creek on the map, and can make it there by morning.”

Howard climbed into the door and up the steps to face the future. He was a super secret agent, after all, and they don’t run away from a challenge.




  • from Kermitgorf:

    cool super secret agent type mayhem.

  • from THX 0477:

    Nice touch with the knot in his back from the scuffle. And I really like the last line—very everyman turned hero sort of stuff.

  • from Kevin Lawver:

    Thanks! I was trying to finish up the chapter so we can get out of the parking lot and see what happens on the road. Who’s next?

  • from RJ:


  • from ChrisWDP:

    Very enjoyable. I just loved that first paragraph.

  • from Ridcully Calvert:

    I could not help myself, this story is such fun that I have added a sequel to this one

  • from Kevin Lawver:

    Thanks!! I’m glad someone continued the story!