“There’s already a stain on our new carpet,” Diane complained to her boyfriend. “What did you spill on it?”
“It wasn’t me, it was the cat,” Mitch said. “He threw up a hairball this morning, but I cleaned it up, so now it’s virtually invisible.”
“It’s not invisible if I noticed it,” Diane said.
“I don’t know why I agreed to let you get a cat,” Diane said. “He’s destroyed our furniture with his claws, he’s throwing up hairballs every other day, and I’m even finding cat fur in my food. I think we should get rid of him.”
“No way, Diane,” Mitch said, “I’d sooner get rid of you than the cat.”
“You can’t be serious,” Diane said. “You’d detonate our relationship over a fucking cat?”
“Well, consider the variables,” Mitch said. “The cat is low maintenance, not demanding, doesn’t hassle me all the time about stupid things like invisible stains on the rug. I’d say, in the scheme of things, the cat’s foibles are easier to deal with than are your idiosyncrasies.”
“Okay, fine, we’ll keep the damn cat,” Diane said.
“Great,” Mitch said. “I’m sure the three of us will be very happy together.”
Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (invisible), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pattern), MMA Storytime (detonate), The Daily Spur (strain), Word of the Day Challenge (variable), and Your Daily Word Prompt (foible).