Pitch

John hung in the doorway of Aeryn's quarters, one hip resting on the frame, his arms crossed over his from and a satisfied grin on his face. His eyes followed the ball of fur rolling playfully on the floor and then went to the happy smile Aeryn was wearing.

"You like him, huh?" he said, announcing his presence. He nodded at the 'cat-dog' as he had named it and his grin widened.

The creature was like a cat in almost every way. It was approximately the same size, had a lean body and dainty paws, and it had long silken hair that stuck up in every direction. Its tail was like that of a dog; it was shaggy and unkempt and it wouldn't stop wagging. Perky ears, two dark eyes and a wet nose completed the look. Its coat was an off-white colour.

"He's very…energetic," Aeryn supplied, still watching the cat-dog with amused eyes. "He seems to like the ball of string you gave him."

As if understanding her – and perhaps he was – the cat-dog pounced at once on said object. It bounded away immediately and the alien creature followed, almost running into the far wall of the room in the process.

"I've decided on a name," Aeryn added. "Pitch, as you suggested." Her eyebrows furrowed slightly as she said 'Pitch' and he couldn't suppress the smirk on his lips.

"Yeah? Why's that? I thought you didn't like 'Pitch'."

He watched with curiosity as Aeryn shrugged offhandedly and adamantly refused to look him in the eye. "Since you suggested I call him 'Pitch' earlier, he hasn't reacted to any other name."

"Huh. Really?" he scoffed. "I didn't think the name would catch on."

"Well," Aeryn told him with a look of utter disbelief, "it did."

He held back a laugh and instead nodded silently.

Meanwhile, Pitch rolled onto his back and tail still wagging, began to growl softly for attention. Aeryn reached out and scratched his stomach.

"Thank you," she said after a moment, catching his eye.

He smiled and this time not because of how cute she was with her – no their – new pet. "No problem." He finally left his place by the door, entered the room and sat on the floor next to them. Placing a hand on Aeryn's arm, he said gently, "You deserve a family."