“Dude”, whispered Sly to Gavin after Jack had left, “You don’t think Jack is gonna kill the kitty? He is a reaper after all.”
“Nah, Jack doesn’t kill. He just reaps, you know?”
“No, actually, I don’t. Isn’t that the same thing?”
“Nope. They’re totally different. Like, you can reap to kill but you don’t have to kill to reap, get it?”
“No not really.”
The kitten began to claw playfully at the leg of Sly’s pants and all three boys let a long “awwwww”.
Mitzi grew up to be energetic and a tad mischeivous and though she caused frustration at times, the trio loved her to death. Sly was particularily fond of her and treated her with all the love and care he could give and she became his closest companion.
The setting sun dyed the city gold. Gavin marched down the street, making his way home from Sly’s place, when he came across Jack. Jack stared back at Gavin eagerly as if wanting to say something but decided against it.
“What’s up, Jack?”, said Gavin. After a brief moment of silence, Jack decided he may was well speak his mind.
“You know what? I’ll just say it. I know I shouldn’t tell you this but I felt you should know. That cat, Mitzi, she’s going to die in four days and I’ll be the one to reap her soul. I knew it the minute I laid eyes on her, I just never had the heart to tell you.”
Gavin felt a strong pressure against his chest like he was being crushed by a machine. He stood there in silence unable to form words.
“I’m sorry”, Jack added, “Just thought you should know.”
Gavin tried to speak but all he could manage was a small tiny squeak.
“It’s my job. It’s what I have to do.”
If heartbreak was audible Jack would’ve heard a loud crack by now.
“I’m sorry”, Jack apologized once more, “I wish it weren’t me but…”
“But she’s just a baby kitten!”, Gavin protested, “And we just saved her! Please delay her death for a bit longer! Please!”
“Gavin, you know I can’t do that.”
“Why not? Aren’t you a reaper? Don’t you get to decide?”
“The decision is not mine. She has to die and that’s that. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have told you but I felt like you needed to know.”
Gavin lowered his head.
“Yeah, okay, I get it.”