The beautician who does home visits tends to be mysteriously “fully booked” during the days surrounding Hallowe’en. She and Louis Catorze did make their peace** after that unfortunate incident* but I fear that, just to be on the safe side, she avoids him during Peak Psycho Time. And I can’t say that I really blame her; I would if I could.
*The incident: https://louiscatorze.com/2018/03/23/une-vision-de-la-beaute/
Now that we are safely into November, she is free again and she came over the other day. We heard her talking at the front door long before she actually knocked, and we assumed she was on the phone but it turned out that she was chatting so Sa Maj who, at some point during the day, had escaped yet again. No, we have no idea of when nor how. But he followed her in, chirping and trilling, and then came upstairs to stare at her whilst she did the treatment.
I was relieved and rather thrilled when she told me that another of her clients had a cat. “Ah, what’s the cat like?” I asked, hoping she would say “Deranged and homicidal” so that Catorze wouldn’t seem like the only one.
“Very quiet,” she replied. “He just comes, looks at me for a few minutes and then goes away.”
“But I told my client that, one day, her cat would be my best friend,” she continued. “Just like Lewis.”
Afterwards I remarked on how well-behaved he had been during the treatment (although “well-behaved” is, of course, relative).
The beautician: “Yes, Lewis, you were! Well, today, at least.”