It has been a while. In fact, it has been so long I didn’t think we’d ever end up like this again. When was the last time we shared a bed? I’m not sure I could name the date or count the years.
I’ve missed it. I should probably be ashamed to admit it, but who cares? It is not as if anybody can hear me or read my mind. Nobody knows that I’ve spend quite a few nights yearning for his solid presence next to me. Yes, I can hear the sniggers; I know many would laugh out loud if they knew we still share a bed on occasion, twenty-five years after we were first put in a cot together.
It’s funny, but the memories of that first night are still as clear as crystal. We fitted together perfectly back then. There was no space for fear in my heart or monsters in the room when we were together. And that’s the way it stayed for years, until it stopped. With great reluctance we parted. I’d known the moment would come for a long time. Relationships like ours don’t last. We outgrow them; need to move on to other bed partners. But knowing something is going to happen doesn’t make it easier to deal with when it does. And you do get very attached to someone you share a bed with, night after night, for years.
Right now I’d like to think this is how we’ll stay forever. Together, giving and receiving comfort, alleviating the loneliness, but I know that’s not how our lives are meant to play out. After twenty-five years both of us are too old for this. My cuddle partner and I should both be moving on to new bodies to derive comfort from and give pleasure to. But he still makes me feel safe and loved. I never feel alone when we’re sharing a bed. I’ll enjoy it while I can and try not to think about the future, because who knows when that future and the changes it will bring might arrive.
For most of the night we were snuggled up close together, sharing comfort; soft skin against even softer fur. I don’t mind the distance between us now.
I’m just glad to have my human back where he belongs.
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