Photo: courtesy of DeAnna Gossman
“I’m telling you, Nym. She isn’t coming back.”
“But her drinking vessel is here.”
They both knew that she never strayed too far from it or for too long. There was even some liquid left in it.
Nelly made a doubting sound that gave him an urge to scratch her. Instead, he sniffed and looked again.
And of course the drinking vessel was still there, unemptied. It was the kind designed to not allow them any actual sipping. Not that he’d want to. The stuff that went into it was odoriferous and generally undrinkable. It wasn’t even real blood.
Still, it would be nice if she didn’t lock her drinks that way. It was insulting.
He’d tried to dip and lick once, but the one legged vessel was too tall and wobbly, and it tipped and rolled and fell and broke into small bits of ice that cut his tender flesh when he’d tried to walk on it. If he’d wanted to taste blood there were better ways for it than being reduced to licking his own.
He never got too close to one again.
“Come, Nelly,” he soothed his anxious, clucking friend. “We’ll nap now. I’m sure she’ll return.”