Kuri: Hmm…you’re home.
Hiyu: Is it really you? You’ve been gone so long.
Loki: Yes, so long.
Me: I’m back. How have my kitties been?
Kuri: What do you care? You left us.
Loki: I’m not even going to look at you. Do you see how made I am?
Hiyu: You don’t really expect us to make fools of ourselves like the dog?
Me: You do know the dog has a name?
Hiyu: Who cares. You left us. We’re mad.
Loki: Yeah, we’re on a cat strike.
Me: As you wish. I’m going to take a bath and then collapse for some well-earned sleep.
I fill the tub with steaming water and foaming bubbles. The bathroom door shudders. I can hear Kuri bashing away at the door down.
Hiyu: Try the handle.
Kuri: It’s locked.
Loki: Hurry up and get through. We can’t let her disappear again.
I leave the bath and head towards the bed. It’s always nice to return to one’s own pillow. The dog joins me. Kuri joins me. Loki joins me. Hiyu cuddles up against my ankles.
It’s good to be home.