Phoebe’s Log – March 9
My eyes adjust to the stillness of the night. Her body is motionless. Her breath is low. She doesn’t move. Something shifts. A deeper breath? A hint of dawn? Crosby snoring? Whatever it is, it triggers me. I can’t help it. I am awake now.
I listen again. It’s her breath, she is stirring. It is time. I uncurl out of the nest of blankets eyeing the direction of her head. Good I note, Crosby is there on the side of her where I won’t step on him. Crosby looks at me half asleep. “What ? Oh jeez” he says, rolls his eyes and goes back to snoozing.
I march up to the Big Cat’s head announcing my arrival with extraordinary purring. The hand goes up, scratches my head and then promptly flops down again. Yes, Big Cat. It’s 3:41AM I know you are awake.
I settle in against her arm, her neck. My front paws are pushed forward into her neck. It really doesn’t feel right. I mean…I don’t think she cleaned herself properly before going to bed. I push my paws a little more into her neck – exfoliating her skin. She squirms a little, trying to escape perhaps? She is paralyzed in the between of time – waking or sleeping…or perhaps it’s just a desire to be asleep. I’m not sure. I purr. I know it keeps her under my spell. I move to her jaw line. I move in closer and I lick her cheek. She bats at me a little. Just a little. I purr. I dig in a little more.
Exfoliate, rinse, repeat. Occasionally, I’ll gnaw on her skin if there is a nitch. The Big Cat turns over to her other side. I walk on top and over her and continue the process…finishing up and settling in for a few minutes to make sure she goes back to sleep.
In the darkness, I hear Crosby chuckling. “Hush,” I say to him, “Big Cats pay a lot of money for this kind of treatment to their face and neck with soothing spa like music…It’s called a facial.” I don’t think that’s what she is thinking right now,” he answered, “I can smell your tuna breathe all the way over here…” I stick my wet nose against her face and purr, “It’s the ocean baby, nothing beats the smell of the ocean and sound of the waves”