He lives in a dorm, so he had to leave his cat behind.
One day he calls home and his little brother answers. He asks what’s new.
His brother says, “Mittens died.”
“Holy shit. Why did you just blurt it out like that?”
“What do you mean?”
“You could have broken it to me slowly, like you could have said that she’s on the roof and we can’t get her down. Then next time I called, you could have said that she got hurt, and then the next time you could have said that she died. It wouldn’t have been such a shock.”
“Sorry, I guess I should have broken it to you slowly.”
“That’s OK. Let me talk to Mom.”
“She’s up on the roof and we can’t get her down.”