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Toby shuffled around under Jack's bed. He always did this when it rained. The static sound of water hitting the roof made him anxious, and he didn't even wanna begin to think about lightning.  He was trembling, and Jack wasn't asleep either. He couldn't sleep too well during the rain, maybe it was a part of some deep repressed memory of something that traumatized him long ago, but he hated water. He turned his head towards the window, staring out into the soggy, inky neighborhood. He wanted so bad to just make the rain stop, but he didn't have that power.

He did however, have the power to help Toby through it. He sat up, stretching. " Toby- i know you're under the bed- it's just rain, it wont hurt you" Jack said. Toby made a shaky mewling noise, his tail sticking out from under the bed like a curious snake. Jack leaned over, poking it with the tip of his finger, earning a high pitched hiss from under the bed. He chuckled, " Come up here- i promise nothing bad will happen" Jack said, patting a spot at the foot of his bed. He heard Toby move around, sticking his ears out from under the bed. Toby slowly peaked out, turning over and sitting up on the floor with his legs under the bed. He quickly dove under the blankets, making himself into a dark lump on Jack's bed. 

Jack sighed, patting his back, " See? it's not so bad right?" He said in the softest of voices. Toby was shaking, but at least he wasn't crying or something. Jack sighed, not really knowing what to do to help him out, when suddenly lightning struck a tree outside. It was a loud ripping sound that tore through the air like siccors gliding through paper, it actually hurt Jack's ears for a split second. Toby screamed, and Jack didn't even see him move but he was back under the bed, having dragged the blanket along with him. He couldn't blame him that time, that actually was pretty scary. " Toby- it's okay- it was just really loud-" Jack said, squinting down at the side of his bed. Toby made a reluctant noise, Jack wanted to say that it meant, "Liar!" or " I dont care!", but it just sounded like "Maa-". Toby was audibly scratching the floor, he grinds his claws against things when he's bored. Jack didn't know why he did it, but he did it. He needed to think if a way to calm Toby down, he just couldn't stand to see him like that .. but he didn't know what to do. That's when an idea struck his mind- He kept some catnip around just in case he needed to bribe the bartender after he had been cut off. It came in handy then, so it should be useful now right?

Jack got up from his bed, walking towards the door in an attempt to leave, but it was halted by Toby's hand grabbing his ankle. Jack could see Toby's glowing eyes from under the bed, it was something out of a nightmare to be sure. "Hey- i'm coming back dont worry" Jack said, and Toby hissed quietly. "You're - so creepy-" Jack tensed, reaching down under the bed. He ran his fingers through Toby's hair, scratching his ears until he settled enough for him to leave the room.

Jack left, walking into the kitchen and looking around. There was another roll of thunder, followed by a muffled scream. Jack himself flinched at the sound, but it wasn't because he was scared. It just really gave him a headache, and hurt his ears. He liked the rain when it was calm, but this was a storm. He reached up into the cabinet, taking out a little bag of green stuff. Anyone else would have thought it was mint leaves or something. He walked back towards his room. Having left the door open, he could clearly see Toby's ears still sticking out from under the bed. He didn't hesitate to walk right over to him, scratching the tip of one. Toby whined, and Jack felt kindof hesitant to give him anything like this, still he did anyway. He slid the bag under the bed, " It'll help you calm down if you smell it- but try not to eat it okay?" Jack said. He could clearly hear Toby chewing on the bag though. It was kindof funny, but still, at least Toby would hopefully calm down.

The effect was nearly immediate, Toby slowly inched out from under the bed, rolling over on the floor. " Wow- " Was all Jack could say, staring at Toby's dialated eyes. Toby was loudly purring, staring up at the ceiling like it spoke some strange truth. Jack hesitantly picked him up, along with the blanket, setting them both on the bed. Toby rolled over a few times, before shoving his face into a pillow, making some weird vibrant sound. " Sometimes i worry about you- but i dont think you know what it is you're doing half the time-" Jack said, flopping down next to him. Toby yawned, and the thunder rolled off the clouds in the distance, it was getting softer. Jack looked over to Toby, who looked ... preditory at this point. His sharp teeth were visible as he stretched out, giving Jack a look that meant, "Whatchu lookin at?". Jack turned away, "nothing-" He said, as Toby tangled himself up in Jack's arm. Jack wondered what he was doing, until he thought about how dogs stick their nose under your hand to get you to pet them. Jack lifted his arm up, and Toby rubbed his face against Jack, purring quietly. Jack smiled, petting his head. He felt bad that this was one of the only times that Toby would even get so close, but they had just met. At least this confirms that he wasn't hated.

Toby closed his eyes, obviously tired by the way he just suddenly was able to go to sleep. It didn't take that long for him to be quietly snoring, leaving Jack to wonder if he had technically just drugged someone- cuz i mean- thats what happens-

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