There’s a big black tomcat who sits in the window of a flat downstairs. All he ever does it sit there on the back of a couch, watching people come and go with his big, golden eyes.
We call him Owly because (a) he looks a bit like an owl, and (b) we’re a pair of knuckle-heads.
Anyway, I’ve not seen him for a while. I hope he hasn’t died or run away. But why would he run away when there’s so much owling to be done?
That’s what we say he does, owling. He’s owling out into the street, burning holes into walls and through hedges with his piercing golden gaze.
“I saw Owly,” Samara might say when she comes in from work.
“Was he owling?” I’ll ask.
“Yes,” she might say, “Almost took my eye out.”
I hope he’s alright because who would do the owling? I don’t want to get roped into it.