The power came back on about an hour ago. I’d spent my morning and afternoon in the Dark Ages, tidying the house, moving furniture, going for a walk and doing my requisite daily 20 mins of cardio, in a vain effort not to be such a fat sack of crap.
No kidding; I was working it out the other day – I’ve hated the way I’ve looked for so long now that practically the only photographic evidence of my existence for the last five years is the stuff taken by people at signings and conventions. That said, the weight’s been falling off for a while (lost 10lbs since Games Day), it’s just with interminable slowness. So I’m trying to speed that shit up, for the sake of my wedding photos (in the short-term) and my self-esteem (in the long-term).
I mean, believe it or not, I used to be handsome. Sort of. A bit. Kinda. Maybe.
I’m only 30. I should still be handsome, damn it.
A few minutes ago, as I was going through the usual forum scans, I heard a loud chorus of meow-meowowowow-meowwwwww from outside. It wasn’t one of the local farm cats, as they’re variously silent, shrieky or whiny. It also wasn’t our neighbours’ (Katie’s parents) cats, as they’re usually much quieter when they make any noise at all.
I knew this sound. I knew it well. I hadn’t heard it in a while, though.
I trudged downstairs, and there he was, sat on the windowsill – outside looking in, despite the fact the front door was open and every window was wide to suck up some of the Spring love.
Our eyes met – mine, arctic blue; his, the green of good jade.
“Hello Loken,” I said. “You look fatter.”
He said nothing, but I felt that he was thinking the same about me.
Silence reigned between us for several moments. Then, with astuteness I’d not come to miss, he said “Meowowowowowowroaaoaoaww.”
I said “Indeed”, and picked him up. “The door is open, you know. I mean you can see that, right?”
“Purrrrrrrrrrrrr,” he said, and began an intensive campaign of head-bumpies and paddy-paws, in a quest to be carried around until a worthwhile human would sit down and form a lap-based feline throne.
“You saved me buying three weeks’ of catfood,” I told him. “I appreciate that. I spent it on Forge World toys.”
He seemed to know, deep down, that I’d do such a thing. His knowing eyes told the truth.
So here he is again. Sat on my lap as I type this, purring and bumping his head against me, grumbling in the quest for attention he doesn’t deserve.
And so ends my 22 days of peace.
Where have you been, little traveler? Wherever it was, it looks like they bloody fed you well enough.