Q is for Quiet – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy!

My cats are not quiet.

Whether it’s pounding feet racing across the carpeted floors, or scrabbling nails across the hardwood, or the cries of Blinky as he tries to meow around his favorite stuffed cow, the brothers in my house are always making noise.

And it’s worse since I began to understand them. I didn’t realize how much chatter was always going on around me until the nanites started working on my ears.

There is a benefit, though, to the implant that is buried in my arm. I have the best sound mufflers in the world.

I can turn off my ears.

I do realize this is less about Space Cats and more about me, but at this point, I’m not certain it’s fair to separate us. I suffer from an infection of their technology, and so I am now a part of their story. So, back to me.

I can turn off my ears!

The first time this happened, it was a bit alarming. I had developed a headache, probably the result of insufficient caffeination, and every time one of my feline companions tore through the room or started chattering behind the sofa, my head would throb. The last straw was when Clyde jumped up next to me and started prattling on about his girlfriend.

I just wanted silence, and I may have shouted that sentiment aloud.

And then I got it. The silence, I mean. It was startling to both myself and Clyde because he climbed on my lap and started patting my ear with his paws.

I realized shortly after what must have happened, as Blinky is a fairly good mime for a cat. And the silence lasted the rest of the day, which was only slightly alarming at the time.

With practice, I learned to turn on my ears as easily as I can now turn them off, with focused thought and will. And I get to enjoy the quiet when the chatter of four housemates becomes too much to handle.

It’s rather lovely.

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