Buckminster & Amber – 21

Bucks Itching

OMG! Bucks has fleas! Look at him scratching. He’ll be sure to leave them everywhere, and then I’ll have them. This is not good. I had fleas once and they gave me such a haircut. It was embarrassing. My pelt is perfect now; two layers of fur, so beautiful . . . like mink . . . easy for fleas to find a nice home in.
“You’ve got fleas.” I tell him. “Always scratching . . . probably got them from your buddy, Boots.”
“I don’t, I’m not, and I didn’t.”
“You are, you do and you did.” I tell him. This is kind of fun.
“I don’t,” he says.
“Okay. Let’s see you prove it.”
“How?”
“Let me see you keep from scratching for about . . . let’s say, 800 heart beats . . . something like ten minutes more or less. I’ll count my beats.”
“How do I know you’ll get it right?”
“Count your own if you want. I assume you’ll be honest, but I’ll be making my own count. Just let me get comfortable, here on this chair . . .” I leap up gracefully. “Where I can keep an eye on you.”
*            *            *
Bucks barely makes it through 300 beats. “You’ve got fleas,” I tell him calmly with my best sarcastic tone. The one I perfected in Berlin, when I was in human form. But that’s another story and you probably wouldn’t believe it.

Bucks knows I’m right, but hasn’t thought of a response yet.
“I refuse to have another bath!” he finally says. “Cats don’t need baths.”
“Some do. Or you might be in for a buzz cut. Remember when I got mine? You said I looked like a Chihuahua.”
“Mrrow,” he says.
“Yah, right. Just please stay off my floor of the cat tree.”
“I want the top deck,” he says.
“Fine with me, just say off the bottom one and the bed,” I add.
“Beds are for females. Males like me and boots go for altitude, so we can to see what’s going on.”
“I’m going to take a nap—on the bed,” I’ll him. “Catch your act later.”

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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4 Responses to Buckminster & Amber – 21

  1. MarieLouise Dodson says:

    Poor little guy! This reminds me that it is time for new flea tx 🙂

    Love Your wife

  2. catnipoflife says:

    Time for the Revolution! Bet the fellow will stay home now! Roamin’ days are over:>)

  3. I can see you’ve got your work cut out with that coat to de-flea…..is this what comes of adventures!!!

  4. Alice says:

    Too sweet for fleas.

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