Yes, I realize you are right behind me, Human Mommy.
No, I will not acknowledge your presence.
No, you may not stroke me.
What did you expect?
You abandoned us for as many days as I have paws.
Cold Tail will continue at least until you have learned your lesson, groveled sufficiently, and paid us off with generous quantities of wet food (gravy-style, not pate), tuna (packed in water, not oil) and catnip (the fancy, organic kind, not the dessicated rotgut you pick up at the local supermarket.)
Then we’ll see.
–Darth Vader et al