PS, if you are back, I am happy. The kid in this story gave me all the smiles. I could envision the cat, the tiles, the entire scene. I felt/feel sorry for the main character. Down on his luck seems like an understatement. Are you going to develop this more?

Awesome way to work the prompt too!

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