Weekly Prompts

Three Cats on Their Own

The little devil.
Chillin' in bed.
Chillin’ in bed.

This was our first vacation in over ten years. We were gone a week. We didn’t know what to expect when we arrived home. Secretly, I hoped they would have noticed our absence. Truthfully, I didn’t expect them to even care. But when we opened the door to our apartment, the reception was mixed.

Our cats (all three of them) have practically been with us since their births. Like my partner and I, who’ve hardly been apart for more than hours at a time in all our thirteen years together, our cats never get to miss us.

Byrdie, a black cat, is the oldest at fifteen years. She watches over everyone and only makes a fuss when she’s hungry. She’s hard to find, but when you do, you’ll find her bathing herself in some inconspicuous dark corner, her silky black coat camouflaging her from the world so that only her yellow eyes stare back at you. And this is how we found her upon our return.

The little devil.
The little devil.

The youngest cat… Well, she’s made a transformation we haven’t seen since her kitten days. This one refuses to be touched, petted, or even looked at. After seven years, we had given up… Until now. Our return prompted her to incessantly scold us. She won’t leave our side and when we leave, she practically throws herself at us. It’s been two weeks since we returned and she doesn’t seem to let up.

Pinky, who is thirteen years old, is our special needs cat. He’s an overweight ball of pure white fur. He loves tapping our noses when we sleep because he wants to be petted. This one, I worried about the most.

I had nothing to fear.

Yes, there's someone home in there. Looks are everything.
Yes, there’s someone home in there. Looks are everything.

He was laid out on the bed like a tourist by the pool at a beach resort in Florida. He barely acknowledged me, only glancing my way dismissively.

As if to say, “whatever.”


This post inspired by the weekly challenge at Trifecta. The challenge is to use the third definition of a word. The prompt:

1.  (pronoun) a: anything or everything that
b: no matter what : regardless of what
Used in questions that express surprise or confusion
2.  (adjective) a: all the
b: any ; any … that
Used to refer to something that is not known
3.   (adverb) Used to show that something is not important
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