Shortly after I got home today, I took a shower and walked back downstairs to find Tabs sipping a catnip cappuccino on the deck. He was sitting at a small circular wrought iron table with his back to the screen door. He’d just finished having a late lunch salad of catnip and zinnia and was listening to the birds sing while reading The New Yorker.
“Sir,” I said to him through the screen, “I’m back from La Jolla.”
He stopped and piqued an ear at the sound of my voice but didn’t turn around. A moment later he went back to his reading.
“How were things while I was gone?” I asked, ignoring the awkward pause.
A hummingbird appeared. It flitted up to a glass feeder hung from the awning over the deck and poked its long beak into the tiny brass flowers in the base, moving from one to the next, all the way around.
Tabs paused to watch the hummingbird, his tiny cappuccino cup frozen in midair, and proceeded to cack-ack-ack at the bird without otherwise moving.
When the bird zipped away to a nearby oak tree, I pressed again. “Is there anything you need?” I asked, not really expecting an answer.
With his back still to me, Tabs picked up his iPhone and started typing with his thumb claws.
Something vibrated on a table behind me. My iPhone. I picked it up and saw a text from Tabs.
Typical, I huffed, and read the text. “Please direct all correspondence to my new assistant.”
New assistant? Who could that– Oh, I suddenly realized, he meant El Hub.
I’m getting the silent treatment… Yup, that’s what I get for taking a few days off.
In other news, Tabs had a very busy week with lots of kitty modeling jobs, and here they are. 🙂 We hope you enjoy.