I’ve been using my new location to catch up with a bunch of people that I haven’t seen in a long time. One such person is Kathy. Now that I’ve moved, we’re practically neighbours and I hadn’t seen her new apartment yet.

The move has completely transformed the cat. “I’m beginning to think I took the wrong one with me,” she said.

Apartment life has turned the cat into a tub. She’s gained at least six pounds and sprawled awkwardly out on the floor amid a scattering of unused toys.

Uncharacteristically the cat snuggled up between us on the couch and was (gasp!) friendly. She basked in the attention she was getting as clouds of hair wafted off her. She mewed.

The only time the cat has previously made any noise whatsoever was in the six weeks before the Seattle earthquake. “She’s really starting to creep me out,” Kathy said.

The cat fixed me with a blank stare. “Where did the aliens take you?” I asked her, but she didn’t answer. She stalked over to the window to watch traffic.

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