i face my nemesis
on days of challenges like this, i am not merely "pratt, cat about the household". and he is not simply "punch, the lazy but strong tabby". we have assigned each other our fighting names. he is "syracuse", and i am "batman". and the ritual begins:
at opposite corners of the living room, we pace back and forth, eyeing each other until the clock on the entertainment center strikes 12. and all at once, we are both in fight position. syracuse (so named for his orange fur) comes at me, at a galloping pace. i stand my ground, ready for the attack. with a flick of my paw, i, batman, begin to defend. a fake to the left - a quick right paw to the furry part below his chin - and knocks him back, but only for a moment.
i jump on the coffee table, ready to use the height to my advantage. syracuse isn't expecting this, and retreats to the corner near the loveseat to regain his composure. the early points go to batman. but strength and speed are syracuse's biggest virtues, and he comes back with a vengeance. he jumps onto the coffee table, and i jump off, running to the family room, where i can use my agility in the larger space.
syracuse follows me into the family room, but i take him by surprise by charging him while he is still on the tile floor of the foyer. his paws aren't ready for the surprise attack, and he slips on the tile. i jump in the air and land on his back, knocking him to the ground. he reaches a paw around, and has me in a headlock. we clutch each other, each trying to gain the advantage, and roll over each other, until we are in the family room. i extricate myself from his grip and jump up on the stripey chair - my turf, and i know he dares not attack me there.
i catch my breath, and in a bat-instant, am ready to fight again. syracuse has his tail up, ears flared back, and claws out. i'm ready for him. again i try using surprise to my advantage, but he is ready for me this time. we wrestle each other, and i am able to bite his paw in the process. he bites my ear in return, and we retreat to opposite corners yet again.
later today, we will go back to being punch and pratt, and we will probably find a soft blanket to curl up in together, licking each other's head and ears, and will take a nice long afternoon nap. but for now, i am preparing myself for the second round of this epic battle.
i close my eyes. i am....batman. and i am ready to fight.