The orphanage was a terrible terrible place. The poor six year old girl knew all too well.
Simply known as [name], she was treated differently by the others for being a neko, a human born with cat ears and tail. Some said that the birth of a neko came from a demon raping a virgin. God decided not to punish those souls and instead gave them cat ears and tails, as so to set them apart from all other beings.
Well, God had a funny sense of humor apparently. Because she wasn't laughing.
There were always three little girls who bullied her: Diana, Silvia, and Bianca. Diana was the leader of the group.
"Hey freak! What'cha doing?" She taunted. [Name] glared at Diana for a moment before deciding that she wasn't worth her time. "Don't ignore me you freak!" Diana snarled, grabbing her ears and giving them a harsh pull. You growled from the pain but tried to ignore it. Bianca grabbed her arms and pulled her up, forcing her to face Diana and Silvia.
"Put me down!" screeched [Name], kicking her legs. Diana smirked.
"Bianca. You know what to do. You do it best after all." Silvia instructed and the two trotted off, laughing. Bianca grinned evilly, causing [name]'s eyes to widen. Suddenly, loud terrified shrieks filled the air as Bianca threw punches and kicks at the poor neko girl. Nobody bothered to help, since it was a man-eat-man world in the orphanage. Well...that was until a sharp whistle blew. Bianca stopped, eyes wide. That whistle meant that there was a potential adopter. Everybody ran inside, except for the weakened [name], who slowly got up and walked painfully to the door. Today was extra special as Heracles Karpusi, a well-known rich Greek who was an archeologist, was trying to adopt a daughter. All the girls were lined up for him to inspect.
Heracles glanced at the girls, finding none that suited his taste. They just didn't...wow him. That was, until his eyes set upon the neko girl that pathetically crawled in the door. Diana wouldn't have none of that, standing right in front of her and smiling brightly.
"What's your name?" He asked to Diana.
"Diana, sir. Why is that?" Everybody held their breath, wondering if he choose someone yet.
"Move." Diana looked surprised but moved aside. [Name] glanced up to him. Heracles knelt down to her. "What's your name?"
"[N-Name], sir." She whimpered. He carefully picked her up, much to the surprise of Diana, Silvia, and Bianca.
"This is the one I want to adopt." She looked at him in surprise.
"Really sir? Why not the likes of Diana or Bianca? They're more li-" One glance from the Greek archeologist silenced the attendant. "O-Okay I'll just get the paperwork."
"This is your new home [name]." He said, gently setting [Name] down. She looked around, noticing how nice the home was. Still unable to believe her luck, she just wandered aimlessly. After a few minutes, she found herself in the garden, where she was met with eleven different cats. And by different, every fiber of their being was different from the normal cat. One had bushy eyebrows, another had a strange extension of fur on the back of his neck, and there was one who just loved her attention, a very pampered-looking white longhair Persian.
"I see you met my cats." [Name] turned, seeing Heracles behind her.
"You have a lot of cats." He smiled, sitting down next to her.
"I like cats." He said simply. "That one there is Arthur." He pointed to the one with bushy eyebrows, who had started to hiss at a particularly chubby white cat with a ring of brown around his neck. "And the one he's fighting with is Alfred." You watched the two fight with amusement. "I have more, but they're all strays. Only these eleven are ones I actually own."
"Do you name the strays?"
"No, because I'd run out of names for all of them." She giggled as the Persian rubbed against her wrist. "And there's Francis looking for attention again. Go find Matthew and get attention from him." He scolded the Persian. With a huff, Francis trotted off to a small cat looking a bit like Alfred, except he had a curl instead of the ring of brown around his neck. [Name] assumed that he was Matthew. The Greek pulled his new daughter close to him, nuzzling the top of her head. [Name] giggled once again, hugging his arm and accepting him as her new father.