Bed Head (Day 5 Prompt)

For Day 5 of the Creative Writing Challenge: Pick an object in your room and write a story.

There’s a science to sleeping in, Ralph thought. He rolled over and blinked at the old-fashioned clock face that glared at him from the bookshelf next to his bed.

It was 4:15 in the morning.

Science, apparently, was not his forte.

Slowly he reached beyond the headboard and stretched. His neck and shoulders popped and cracked. He dug himself deeper into his cocoon of blankets, the wall on one side of him and the cat on the other. The cat was purring loudly. She knew the moment he woke and always gunned the engines, so to speak, to make sure he knew to pet her.

The bed-head and his cat.

The bed-head and his cat.

Birds began chirping outside his window. Ralph wondered if the cat would get excited and clamber over him for the window. The birds and the cat had a bit of a rivalry going. Or rather, the cat imagined the birds were taunting her and twitched her tail menacingly any time one of them twittered in her direction.

Ralph liked to whisper what the birds were saying while this was going on, just to egg the cat on.

He looked at the clock again, wondering if he should get out of bed. The cat roused herself and looked between him, the window with the treacherous birds and the floor. He got the message. Her tail fwaped at the duvet.

Feed me. Feed me now.

Feed me now, or I’ll get Mom.

Ralph laughed quietly, the cat stretched, and the day began.

About KM Sullivan

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, KM Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in the American Midwest with her son, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). Her first book, Changelings: Into the Mist, a young adult historical fantasy is available now on Amazon and Barns and Noble. She can be found writing with said character at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

21 comments on “Bed Head (Day 5 Prompt)

  1. Nice how you can write about such a simple thing as waking up in the morning. I like the sentence: “Her tail fwaped at the duvet.”

  2. Everything is against you in the morning.

  3. Morning is a dirty word…look, you are on the right blog for that!

  4. Nice kitty. (4:15 too early even for me, sometimes I am actually up that late, poor Ralph.)

  5. I enjoyed this very much! Maybe because I have lived through this scenerio a time or two myself. 🙂

  6. […] object in your room, and write a story. I have sleep (or lack thereof) on the brain with “Bed Head.” For the best story that popped up at the Community Storyboard, check out Ionia’s, […]

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