My abandonment continued the following morning. Maddie never came home to me like Karin said they would. I waited by the door as long as I could. I was confused and crestfallen when I finally gave up and burrowed under the blankets on the bed.
When I woke up 13 hours later, I was still all alone. I was hungry and thirsty. I even considered drinking out of the toilet. As a discerning lady, I have never, ever stooped to the level of a lowly, common, feline toilet sipper. The longer my abandonment continued, however, the more attractive that dreaded toilet water became.
I missed Maddie terribly and wondered where they were. I wondered if they were missing me too. I missed Karin and wished she would visit me again. I even found myself missing Lay-dee. Lay-dee is not my favorite. But at least at Lay-dee's house, my water bowl is always full of delicious, filtered, suburban water system water.
I was at my lowest point when Maddie finally walked through the door. Maddie cuddled with me and I meowed my happy meows. Maddie then told me stories about buses that never left the station, expensive $850 flights, and suspicious packages shutting down trains. They had been stranded in Spokane!
Maddie said, "Oh Pinky Ruth! You have no idea what I've been through!" I quickly jumped down from their lap. Our happy reunion cuddle time was over. I loudly meowed back, "What YOU have been through? I came THIS close to drinking toilet water!"
But then they gave me food and water, clean litter, and the good behind the ear scratching. So we are friends again.