After walking it all off and letting off steam, i was finally able to calm down enough to get my head back on my shoulders. It was turning into evening and it'd be dark soon. i was without a place to sleep or anything to keep me warm throughout the night. i guess i was going to freeze to death. Fine, i didn't care at this point.
i sat down on the curb of the street to think for a moment and digest everything that had happened back there but i couldn't think about it for too long before getting riled up again. i felt the need to hit something, anything. Let out all the aggression i'd pent up inside me for so long.
Standing up in a motion of rage, i turned to face a recycling bin adjacent to me and pounced on it. i punched and kicked and bit at that thing (which looking back was a little unsanitary but oh well) for a good long while until eventually i was tired. i threw it aside where it was before and smiled victoriously to myself, happy i was able to do that and thinking of how the owner of the bin will react to their now mangled blue bin.
i sat up and dusted off some of the light snow off me and was about to continue on when a little 'mrow' stopped me for a second. i turned to see the little grey tabby from before perched on a garbage can a few doors down. He cleaned himself for a second then looked intently at me.
"Sorry boy, i've got no food to offer you now," i said going over to pet him. He made a small whirring noise and began to softly purr as i stroaked his coat. He was very thin and some of his fur was matted in places, even his tail had a crook in it like it had been stepped on or something. It was safe to say he didn't have a home.
When i decided it was a good time to leave, i scooped him up and carried him in my arms for a while before decidng to put him down and letting him go where he pleased. Surprisingly enough when i did, he trotted along beside me for a few blocks before hopping up on a mailbox, as if asking to be carried. i took him with me downtown where i planned on sleeping in one of the alleys for the night. Curled up in a blocked-off doorway, i slept as best i could in the frigid temperatures with my newfound friend.