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This is the linkback perk from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It's spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "yes" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.


"The Cat Blanket"


Csilla, Dénes, and Dorottya
lay cuddled together in the big bed.

After feeding, the vampire
was pleasantly drowsy and
so were her donors.

Csilla was glad they had
said yes to feeding her and
letting her into their lives and even,
in an odd way, into their marriage.

She felt doubly grateful that
they had all managed to make up
for the awkward beginning of it.

Outside, wind howled and rattled
along the walls, carrying snow.
The storm had blown up while
Csilla was visiting, so Dénes and
Dorottya had invited her to stay.

A fire blazed in the hearth,
but even with a plentiful supply
of fuelwood, it could not keep up
with the storm. The fierce wind
stripped away the heat almost as
fast as the flames could make it.

Csilla shivered, and pressed
herself closer to Dénes.

"I think that it's time to get
the cat blanket," Dorottya said.

"Cat blanket?" Csilla said, looking
at the goosedown comforter.
"That doesn't sound very warm."

Dénes laughed. "We don't keep
housecats like the high ladies do, but
the village has plenty of good mousers --
who can share their warm coats in a storm."

"When it gets this cold, it's not good
for the cats to stay outdoors anyway,"
Dorottya said. "Their little ears
can freeze and wilt at the tips."

So Dénes and Dorottya went outside,
and soon came back with their arms full
of friendly cats, which they dried off with
towels until the cats were fluffy and purring.

There were black ones and white ones
and spotted ones, even a single calico.

Soon everyone piled back into the bed,
followed by most of the cats, although
one remained stubbornly sprawled
in front of the hearth instead.

Csilla discovered that that cat blanket
was not only warm, but also musical.

"This is a wonderful idea," she said.

"Mmmhmm," Dénes said drowsily.
"Lean over and blow out the oil lamp."

Csilla blew out the lamp.

* * *

Notes:

Lots of people like to sleep with cats.

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Date: 2016-07-19 06:09 am (UTC)
thnidu: You're a bit cold? Tea. BF just left you? Tea. You've just been told you've got cancer? Tea. Terrorists? Tea, dammit! (tea)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
I do!

Except when she insists on
licking me. It's okay in little bits, or on my hair, but she was licking any part of me she could get to; and that sandpaper tongue on my skin not only keeps me awake, if I let her keep doing it on the same spot it infuses my skin there with all the allergens that I have to keep taking pills for and I have a ferocious itch there. Little bitch! (Aaaaaauuuuuggggghhhhhh!!!!!!!!!)

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Date: 2016-07-19 08:01 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
I like sleeping with cats too but also get terrible itches from cat saliva.

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Date: 2016-07-19 11:15 am (UTC)
chanter_greenie: a slightly faded picture of a three-legged torbie kitty cat with a lot of rust coloring in her fur (supermodel kitty)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Good luck to these three hearing over all the purring! XD Musical is right. I'm now melted all over again. Kittieeeeees.

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Date: 2016-07-19 03:12 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Awwwww. And good for the kitties too! (As you've rightly mentioned.)

The local housecat is a lovely purring creature, but is not permitted in the bed - she pounces feet. o.O

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Date: 2016-07-19 03:20 pm (UTC)
mdlbear: A tortoiseshell cat facing the camera (ticia)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
I love sleeping with cats. Fortunately, so does Ticia (see icon).

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Date: 2016-07-19 04:44 pm (UTC)
kyleri: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kyleri
I'm ridiculously glad both my boys love going camping with me, cos two cats makes a HUGE difference when it gets cold.

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Date: 2016-08-26 04:19 am (UTC)
pinkrangerv: White Hispanic female, with brown hair, light skin, and green eyes, against a background of blue arcane symbols (Default)
From: [personal profile] pinkrangerv
I have fond memories of our cat sleeping next to me and purring when I was little, but our current cat likes bouncing around too much to sleep in the same bed as me. He is firmly ushered out of everyone's bedroom after he decided to come tearing into my mother's room the first night, sit on her face, and start purring like a madkitty. :p

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