Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt: Together
via Daily Post: Together
Fay’s young mind didn’t consider the unbreakable bond she shared with her pet. She had lovingly named the rat ‘Pan’ after her favorite book character, and the small, black and white creature took to the new title as naturally as a dog might. This was completely normal to Fay. Of course her new pet would understand its name and want to spend every waking moment with her; regardless of the size of its brain or expected behavior from other humans. It wouldn’t be until much later in life, after various friendships and romantic relationships, that Fay would recall the simple connection she’d shared with her pet rat, and yearn for something so natural.
Each morning Fay snuck Pan to the breakfast table where he waited patiently in her lap for a bite of her meal. Fay’s mother had objected at first, rats didn’t belong at the table, after all. But Fay had argued that Pan wasn’t technically at the table, he was at Fay’s lap. The fierceness Fay displayed for the continued company of her small friend was all it took for Fay’s mother to relent and allow Pan to join. Her mother turned it into a game of sorts, because she knew Fay’s father would definitely object to the small guest. As long as Pan was out of sight and Fay kept his presence a secret from everyone else, she was allowed to have him along – but only for breakfast.
Soon Pan was present for every meal, and not even Fay’s mother took notice. Fay would slip Pan into a large pocket of her cargo pants and sneak him to the table. Pan enjoyed unwanted veggies and other special treats from this vantage point. Fay parent’s never suspected their daughter’s constant grin was due to her hidden rodent snuggled against her leg.
Fay began to sneak Pan out of the house in the pocket of her coat, or hood of her sweatshirt. Pan’s company ensured Fay was never alone and always had someone to play with. They went to the movie theater together and shared popcorn. Whenever they rode in the car, Fay held Pan up so he could enjoy the passing scenery with her. She built him mazes out of old cardboard boxes and toilet paper rolls, a pile of sunflower seeds at the end of each puzzle for his enjoyment. Fay took care to feed and water and clean up after Pan, and Pan provided her with undivided attention in return.
The beautiful bond between a child and a pet cannot be broken by a disagreement. It cannot be broken by ill intentions. It cannot be broken by betrayal, lying, or misunderstanding. The bond between a child and their pet is a magical relationship that belongs between those two souls, and no one can tread on it or interfere. The carefree, timeless moments of childhood allowed the perfect union between Fay and Pan. Fay came to realize these things later, long after her small friend’s lifespan had ended, and she had been forced to grow up. Responsibilities replaced curiosity. Tasks replaced creativity. Complicated replaced simple. Forever on she would yearn for the feeling of togetherness she felt as a child with her pet rat; but forever on she would remember the life she had with the small, whiskered critter and glow.