taking naps at my apartment

It goes something like this:

I get tired.
I take my afternoon meds.
I head toward the bedroom.

me: come on, miss kitty, let’s go lay down.
kitty: mow.
me: :goes to the bedroom:
kitty: [sometimes she’s already there. sometimes i have to call her again]
kitty: :jumps up on the bed and roams around the bed:
me: kitty, lay down now. it’s time to lay down.
kitty: :continues to roam around the bed:
me: lay down, kitty. lay down.
kitty: [lather, rinse, repeat]
me: :opens eyes to peer right into an up too close and too personal cat eyeball: CAT!
kitty: :snicker: :lops over hard: :grooms: :grooms loudly:
me: CAT.
kitty: :comes to investigate and puts her foot in my mouth:
me: miss kitty, don’t put your foot in my mouth!
kitty: :puts her put in my mouth:
me: don’t put your foot in my mouth!
kitty: :puts her put in my mouth:
me: don’t put your foot in my mouth!
kitty: :puts her put in my mouth:
me: don’t put your foot in my mouth!
kitty: :puts her put in my mouth:
me: don’t put your foot in my mouth! for pete sake, lay down!
kitty: :roams around the bed:
me: miss kitty, please. lay down.
kitty: :lays down:
me: good girl.
kitty: mow?
kitty: :reaches over and puts her foot in my mouth:
me: miss kitty, don’t put your foot in my mouth!
kitty: :puts her put in my mouth:
me: don’t put your foot in my mouth!
kitty: :puts her put in my mouth:
me: don’t put your foot in my mouth!
kitty: :puts her put in my mouth:
me: don’t put your foot in my mouth!
kitty: :puts her put in my mouth:
me: don’t put your foot in my mouth! it’s time to lay down!
kitty: :digs my arm out from under my pillow: :pokes my arm:
me: :pets the kitty until arm falls off: now lay down, cat! it’s nap time!
kitty: :purrs with really loud motor: :lays down:
me: good girl.
kitty: mow? :continues to purr:

We go to sleep.

I wake up, moaning and groaning and ready to finish the day. I look to the side because it seems one of my arms has gone missing.

me: :heavy, long-suffering sigh:
kitty: :decided in her sleep to play Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board on my arm:
me: kitty, time to wake up.
kitty: …
me: miss kitty?
kitty: …
me: :shakes cat awake:
kitty: :looks at me like i’ve ruined her life:

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Author: Mari Adkins

Appalachian gothic fiction writer - my works reflect a love of literature flavored by the darkness and magic residing in these ancient mountains. In my spare time, I'm a Simmer, I tumbl, I journal, but I always have a very strange sense of humor. I have lived away from the mountains and lived deep in the mountains. I currently live in Central Kentucky with my lifepartner and his cat. The mountains, their culture, their superstitions, their particular magics, will always be in my blood.