I was perched on my cat post in front of the window for the entire day. I was searching the streets below for Maddie. They didn't come out of the light rail station. They didn't get off of any of the buses. I never saw them walk up the street, look up to our window and wave to me.
I finally acknowledged my lamentable circumstances and jumped down from my 5th-floor perch. I was discouraged, tired, and alone. Karin found me flopped over in my scratcher box when she arrived to visit me. I felt comforted because Karin was there. Karin gave me pets, fed me, and tried to play with me.
But I was tired. I had been on watch all day. My Maddie was gone and I just....needed.....to.....sleep.