Roi pour toujours, éternellement

“It’s Christmas time. There’s no need to be afraid.”

Clearly Bob Geldof and Midge Ure had never met Louis Catorze; the last few days have been awful because of my flu, and the little sod has been nothing short of merciless in his demands for play. If I ignore him, he either chases his tail or attacks my blister packs of painkillers.

He is especially bad when Cat Daddy is out, snarling at his manly pink butterfly on a string the way vampires snarl when shown a crucifix. Then, when Cat Daddy comes home, he is either sound asleep or sitting in perfect porcelain cat pose, tail tucked around his neat paws, all cutesy-eyed and innocent.

He shouldn’t even be out at the moment. Black cats are for Hallowe’en and not for Christmas, right? Well, so I thought, too, until Cat Daddy and I went for our annual festive meal at our local pub (before I fell ill), and two of these were on our table:

I now realise that this was a warning.

The landlord and landlady are cat people, and they know that we are, too, so they had done this just for us. At the end of our meal, our server asked us whether the management had supplied the cats or whether they were ours. Oui, Mesdames et Messieurs: she thought we looked like the kind of people who would bring our own black cat decorations to a festive meal. (And, to be honest, the only reason I haven’t so far is because I didn’t think of it.)

Then Cat Daddy bought me this:

I will be wearing this today.

So, even at this time of year which is supposed be all Joy to the World and Peace on Earth, it’s all about Le Chat Noir. And not only do I suspect that that is exactly how Catorze planned it, but I’d go as far as to say it’s probably Phase 3 of the Chat Noir Plan for World Domination. Phases 1 and 2 are, of course, infiltrating our houses (CHECK) and mind-controlling us to do all manner of things for them (HELL, CHECK).

If Noël is your thing, I hope it’s a Joyeux one. We wish you and your furry psychopaths a wonderful day.

Happily making a nest on the present bag given to us by the Dog Family.

26 thoughts on “Roi pour toujours, éternellement

  1. Thank you for your kind wishes and thank you for all your stories which cheer us up better than any antidepressants.
    Cat Daddy spoiled you. Louis tried to pamper you too by playing with you when you were ill. You are really lucky to live with two great gentlemen.
    Merry Christmas to you to and long live Louis.

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    1. Merci! It’s a lovely, cosy jumper. I love it almost as much as I love the fanged Chat Noir in my life!

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  2. Joyeux Noel from across the pond. 😊 I hope you’re feeling better. That pub is beautiful. Is that where Sa Maj followed you a time or two ago?

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    1. Joyeux lendemain de Noël! Yes, that is the very pub! You have a great memory! Luckily he didn’t make it all the way there; they already have two cats whose relationship is, erm, tense, so adding him to the mix would not have been wise!

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  3. Joyeux Noël! Here’s my wish for a healthier, better 2023 for you and yours! I look forward to your post. I’m not surprised that le chat noir theme runs through your Christmas and have to agree it’s a good theme to have! Of course, as someone with my own chat noir, I may be biased a little bit.

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    1. Joyeux lendemain de Noël! I look forward to your posts, too. Funny but I never think of Andy as a Chat Noir but more like a rainbow of different shades of noir. He is one noir and all noirs. The absence-of-colour spectrum starts and ends with him.

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      1. An interesting observation! His mother was a reddish-brown Perian tabby; his father was a typically-colored Birman. Both his parents’ coloration show up in his pelage. He mostly reads as being a chat noir, yet after his haircut, his Birman characteristics show up as shades of grey and dark grey.

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  4. Oh my dear, wishing you better soonest and hoping you’re coming out the other side.

    Thank you so much for the joy you spread with the Louis Saga, you’ve been brightening/darkening our lives for so many years and here’s to many many more!! Wishing you all a very Happy 2023!!and long may He reign!!

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