Author: Kat Lee
Character/Pairing: Thomas/Duchess, Madame
Challenge/Prompt: drabble_weekly 97: A Chance Encounter
Word Count: 393 (Drabble version of 393 is here.)
Date Written: 10 July 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Disney, not the author, and are used without permission.
Duchess watched her mate thoughtfully, her white plume of a tail swishing slowly as she considered again how they had first met and what fantastic changes Thomas had brought to her life. It seemed strange to think that if Edgar had never tried to get rid of her kittens and herself, she may well never have met the great Thomas O’Malley, legendary Alley Cat. Their paths never would have crossed, and she would never have known the love they have shared almost ever since.
Her life would have still felt complete. She would have never known or even been able to guess at what she had been missing, but since she did know him and knew what he had come to mean to her, she couldn’t imagine not having him in her life and still feeling as complete as she had. It would have happened, but it just no longer seemed right.
She mewed softly as she watched him dancing with Marie and regaling her cherished kittens with tales of his younger days, the days before they had met when he had romanced other queens, though they’d all been lesser than her he always reassured her, and had adventures with Scat Cat and his gang. Marie, Toulouse, and Berlioz were all engrossed in the tale he was sharing with them, but Duchess’ her own mind kept wandering back to when they had met and what might have never happened had Edgar had not proven to be such an awful scoundrel.
A kind hand softly stroked her head, bringing her out of her reverie. “Your meeting that fine, young tom was no mere chance encounter, Duchess.”
Duchess mewed questioningly and looked up at her mistress. “Some things seem to be just chance, but they aren’t,” Madame continued to explain. “Some things are fate, and the two of you were certainly meant to be together.”
Duchess relaxed at Madame’s words, and though her mistress continued to stroke her, her caress had little to do with the change in the Queen of her household. Duchess watched Thomas dance, prance, and carry on, and she smiled for she knew the truth. Madame was right: They had always been meant to be together. If Edgar had not brought them together, they would have still come together somehow for their love was fate, a fate she quite happily shared.