Tonight, before brushing her teeth and going to sleep, Stella might:
I am telling you to believe me.
“Walk with me, Stella,” purred the blue cat. “Let me share something with you.” Still grappling with the reality of a world with talking animals and no sun, Stella simply nodded and kept pace with her new azure companion as it shared with her a cautionary tale. Stella listened for hours
“Hey there, Steph! This is …” began a voicemail that grabbed my attention as I recognized the voice immediately. “Fred* called?” I pondered. “Why now?” Once a boyfriend and now just a “friend” on social media, Fred had a special place in my heart. He was my first. My first