The Paperback Edition…
“Pizza Pantry stopped delivering 22 minutes ago…it’s 1:22 a.n.” said Fred.
I looked over at the black shape…okay…”Fred”…and it hit me…well, maybe I’m not dead. That was very good and very great…but maybe…I’m nuts? Just maybe I’ve slipped a cog or two…
“You are perfectly sane, Tobey. Don’t concern yourself with such nonsense. If YOU had just not rolled over again…none of this would be happening.”
“So…what you are saying is…that this is ALL MY FAULT?” I said indignantly and I sat up straighter and…because it is such a habit with me…I fluffed my hair in the mirror hanging on the wall at the end of my bed…still a solid B+.
(I feel it’s important to see just what you look like first thing in the morning. I know. I know…let’s not go there right now.)
“Yes. Of course it’s your fault.” Fred said, “It certainly isn’t MY fault. I’ve been at this job for thousands of years…I don’t make mistakes.”
“I am, as the young folks say…a GOAT.” Fred said proudly. (Yes. he actually said “young folks.”)
“Fine. Whatever. I am just a mere mortal. You are the great angel from on high.” I said sarcastically and rolled my eyes.
“Did you actually think that I could not see that?” said Fred. “And, I don’t appreciate your sarcasm.”
Suddenly, Emma sat straight up and held up her right paw. First she pointed it at Fred and then at me.
“Hold it…” she said, again using that super unnerving Jennifer Lawrence voice.
“Stop bickering. It is what it is. Deal with it. I need my sleep.”
As she was speaking, I unobtrusively brushed my hand against my lips…they were not moving. Emma was talking again…all by herself.