Boots 11

Strange dream, thought Granny, and kept her eyes closed, trying to catch some of its strands before they drifted away. Alongside her, a purring started up. Granny ignored him, eyes screwed tight, concentrating. Already the dream was breaking up, dissipating with Night.

Lately the dreams had been homesick. This one was different. This one …….

The purring became a rumble, claws kneaded the doona. A white feather floated in the air.

“Stop that!” she ordered.

The kneading paused, the purring stopped, then both resumed.

Granny tossed the doona over him as she sat up, found the big, woolly jumper she kept warm in bed with her and struggled it on over her thick cotton nightie, then dived deeper under the covers till she found the thick woolly socks. White feathers stuck to them like prickles. The doona was getting thin.

Her feet hunted for the ugg boots and slid into them. She glanced through the window on her way to the stove. Frost shimmered over the garden. She opened the stove, tickled the embers back to life and while the kettle was coming to the boil she set about preparing breakfast for the two of them. Her reflection in the cobwebby glass of the window looked back at her. She reached up and tugged at the woolly beanie she wore to bed because the top of the head really feels the chill as one gets older. And it kept in its place the wild hair that had a mind of its own. *

All the while, he watched her with adoring eyes. Which was not how he normally regarded people.

“What’s up with you, you daft Furball,” she said, suddenly aware of his look.

Anyone else call him that, he’d soon have their guts for garters, but Granny ….. when the time came, he’d give his last life for her.


* For some people, hair is a release valve for stress. Which means that for a lot of the time, the hair looks like it doesn’t know if it’s coming or going.



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Boots 11

Alenka Co

Stonebow, Australia

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