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by Bill Tope

At the nook in his kitchen, Vincent held his cup out for the cat, who sniffed and wrinkled her nose, recoiled with a little hiss. "Coffee," murmured  Vincent.  "Nectar of the gods, Baby!" he told the cat. Baby merely sniffed. Vincent tipped his cup and drank deeply,  Next he realized that was his thirteenth cup tonight; and thirteen was an unlucky number!  Or was it? Suddenly he lost purchase on the cup, which plummeted, striking his bare foot.

He gasped, then slipped in the puddle of spilled coffee, tumbled to the floor, which shook the walls.  Tail swishing, Baby meowed her approval.