Diesel the Maine Coon from the New York Times-bestselling "Cat in the Stacks" series by Miranda James
What makes Charlie really happy is when he spends time with Helen Louise. Spending time with Helen Louise makes me pretty happy too, especially when Charlie and I go to that place where she works. She always has nice bits of chicken for me, but there are often times when I don't know what she's saying to me. Apparently it's something called French. It sounds pretty when she says it, but it would be nice to know what it means.
More and more evenings lately Charlie takes me over to where Helen Louise lives, and we eat there. The food is wonderful, and afterwards Charlie and Helen Louise go and sit on the couch. They let me sit with them, but I have to say their behavior on the couch is a bit strange. They really don't know how to groom each other properly after a meal. They put their mouths together a lot and their arms around each other, but they never groom each other's hair. Of course, they don't have as much hair to groom as a cat does, the poor things, but still... you'd think they want to look their best and clean up after eating. I have occasionally tried to demonstrate the proper method -- Helen Louise's hair has a nice smell and taste to it, by the way -- but they don't seem to appreciate my instruction. I guess I should just give up on that one.
Excuse me, I hear the rattling of a bag, and I think Charlie must be putting more crunchies in my bowl...