Rocky, Mr. Monster, and Bethel

Bethel was watching television, from outward appearances drowsily engaged. Her arms were extended onto the arms of her recliner like she was the Captain of the Starship Enterprise. She was a captain, of sorts, to her two cats, Rocky and Mr. Monster. Mr. Monster was named ironically, having shown little defiance since his kittenhood, but Bethel had a long memory. “You’re Mr. Monster!” she had accused him, lifting him into the air above…