When I was little, my whole fam lived in Venezuela, which was hard because we didn’t speak Spanish very well yet. I was four years old at the time. Anyways, we had this very straight faced, emotionless maid named Carla working for us. She always did a splendid job cleaning for us without speaking much because of the language barrier between us. So one day she comes up to my mom and says “cuaima… baño”, completely without emotion, and my mom doesn’t understand so she just laughs and goes “ok, sí, gracias” and continues on with her day. Well Carla comes up and says “cuaima” again to my mom the next day, and the next, and continues once a day for a week and a half. My mom is finally like, this must be pretty important if she keeps bringing it up, and grabs a dictionary and looks up the word ‘cuaima’. Well cuaima is defined as a very poisonous snake in Venezuela, so my mom freaks out and runs up to Carla like “DONDE ESTÁ LA CUAIMA”. Carla calmly walks over to the toilet and just points, and sure enough, a big black snake pops it’s head out of our toilet every couple minutes. So my mom and dad are like “what the heck do we do”, and devise a plan that they’re just going to pour some Drain-o down the toilet, and wait with an axe until something happens. This is really exciting stuff so of course me and my sisters gathered around to watch. So my dad pours the Drain-o, and about ten seconds later, this giant snake springs out the toilet and is furiously writhing all over our bathroom floor. So creepy. My dad swings the axe and chops the snakes head clean off and leaves a giant dent in our bathroom floor. Then Carla snatched the axe from him and chops the snake into, I’m not exaggerating, fifty different pieces. Our bathroom is covered in snake guts and blood. But, anyways, the point of this story is, after this happened I couldn’t use the bathroom alone until I was ten, and I didn’t conquer my fear of actually sitting on a toilet seat until I was thirteen.
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Tonight I carved Pennywise. The photos follow from start to finish the process. The back half of Pennywise will have to be cut off and replaced with painted plywood so it will fit in the storm drain in front of the house.
between storms, the Ladies Association of Bright Colors holds parades. As they
pass by the street outside they pop open their rainbow of parasols and shout
curses at our house. They call us the Cat Thieves because of the way the
neighborhood felines stage hostile takeovers of the apartment every time it
rains. We’ve tried to explain that the pets aren’t invited and we’d prefer it
if they stayed away, but once you get a reputation as a Cat Thief, there’s
really no shedding it.
cats don’t like us, I’ve told the Ladies over and over, it’s the apartment
they want. The apartment, with its tall, curved windows and deep-stained
mahogany that you can hear moaning in the winter, soft and languid, smooth. The
ratty, sea-green couch Sal inherited from his dead uncle, its insides all
spilling out where the cats have ripped through the velvet; the ruined silver
tea tray, cat hair embedded in all its cracks; the names of former tenants
etched behind the loose paneling in the bathroom, letters harsh and curveless.
I wouldn’t mind the cats so much if they didn’t use the dark wood of the walls
and railings as scratching posts. Sal says the whole place looks like a prison,
like all our ghosts have tried to claw their way out.
mother calls the apartment Chateau D'if. I’m not sure it can be a prison if all
the occupants keep trying to get in, but Sal likes the name so much he
made a sign for the door. APT 2D. CHATEAU D'IF FOR CATS.
like to watch the parades. The Ladies make their own dresses, layers of sewn
silk that are dyed deep and resonant with blues and greens and reds and
yellows, colors mixing in the fabric like liquid, whispering around the Ladies’
legs and making them as beautiful and precise as the careful stitching. They look
best without the parasols, with the sun sticky against their pale skin, their
dark skin, mixing flesh with fabric until its hard to tell what was born and
what was made. That’s when I like them best, but when they pass by through the
Chateau D'if they push open the shade of their umbrellas and hiss,
not thieves,“ I remind Sal from the balcony. He is eating a tuna sandwich.
There is a soft drop of mayonnaise on the corner of his mouth. He shrugs. The
Ladies Association of Bright Colors doesn’t bother Sal, except that they making
driving impossible on sunny days. We always have to take the bus–an ungainly,
purple, bovine thing that rumbles down too-small cobbled alleys like a child’s
overloaded wagon, squealing and squawking every time the driver hits the
breaks. The wheels have no tract whatsoever and we always slip when we hit
puddles. It’s not so bad in the dry season, but once the cats start showing up
with regularity I know to get a window seat and brace myself with my knees.
should just start closing the windows when it rains.“
thing,” he says, and takes another bite.
sunny days like this, you would never guess about the cats. Sal is meticulous
about vacuuming up the hair, about shoving the couch’s insides back where they
belong. If it weren’t for the deep scars in the walls, even I might forget the
way the cats wind around my ankles and barricade the door. When they come, they
come in hordes, in legions; they don’t lie on the couch, they lay siege to it.
We cannot cook because the cats are sleeping in our pots and curled up in the
microwave. There are always at least three in the dryer, no less than two in
our pillowcases. We find diced mice on the cutting board as if someone expects
us to serve it.
purring might drive you crazy, if you didn’t become used to it, if you didn’t
turn it into a lullaby. Sometimes I think that they are singing in harmony.
Sometimes I think that they are whispering secrets to me, trapped safe in the
place where languages meet and are incompatible. They watch us with their dark
eyes, prowling in circles, shedding and coughing up hairballs, telling us all
the things cats know, including that they know that we don’t understand them.
think you’re overthinking this,“ says Sal around a mouthful of tuna.
"Just watch the parade.”
am watching the parade,“ I tell him, and the Ladies’ dresses fan
out around them as they spin, whirring like pinwheels.
is no official credo of the Ladies’ Association of Bright Colors. I thought
they might be animal activists, the way they go on about the cats, but Sal says
he read somewhere that really what they’re protesting is the rain.
can you protest the rain?” I ask as the sky darkens and the first hum of a
cat folding itself into the space between the window and the frame slips into
the living room.
"Ask the cats,“ says Sal, and laughs. I don’t know why he thinks it’s so funny.
It’s Sal that can’t stand the hair everywhere, Sal that wakes up with cat
bodies pressing him into the mattress, pinning his wrists. I sleep in the
bathroom during the rain. The cats won’t touch the porcelain tub, for reasons
they’ll only tell us in their untranslatable, rough tongues.
are four or five cats now, slinking their way along the walls, circling. This
is how it always goes: a spiral from the wall inward, until they have reached
the center of the apartment. We tried placing furniture in that spot, but it
doesn’t deter them. The old wicker lampstand that we finally settled on is
frayed and cracked, its paint chipping. It is held together as much by cat hair
as by its woven strands.
rain comes faster and so do the cats, knocking over bowls and wrapping their
tails around the legs of the furniture. They pay Sal and I no mind.
the rainy season ends, the Ladies’ Association of Bright Colors hosts a parade
that far outshines all the others. The street seems to light up beneath them,
gathering their reflections. They say that black is made from colors mixing,
and today that’s true. Today black isn’t even black, just the reflecting of
silk in sun-drunk pavement.
call Sal from the bus station. We spent the morning locating the cats’ owners
and returning them. Now he is using Drain-O to dissolve hairballs and vacuuming
under the couch. I can hear him munching on chips, probably sour cream &
onion flavored because that’s all he’ll eat. The phone will have slick, grainy
fingerprints on it when I get home, and I won’t be able to scrub the oil off.
We’ll have to wait for the next rainstorm to come, because the cats lick off
the grease residue with their tough, no-nonsense tongues and make everything
D'if for Cats,” says Sal, laughing around a mouthful of crushed starch.
“Nothing but open windows and unlocked doors, and still, no one can get
out, not a single soul.”
hear him shove the vacuum under the always-bleeding couch, choking on lint and
fur that has gathered on the rug. There are no cats left in the apartment but
there are always the ghosts of cats, always the deep scars left in the wood
where they have sharpened their claws.
rainy season,“ he says easily, "let’s try closing the windows.”
“It’s about time,” I agree. “Next rainy
that’s the thing, you know; that’s what makes Chateau D'if Chateau D'if:
neither one of us will shut the window. I can’t explain it to you, if you don’t
already understand. I am not a Cat Thief and I don’t claw at the walls. I want
to see the Ladies Association of Bright Colors without their parasols. But I
can’t close the windows when it rains.
A/N: I FINALLY POSTED CHAPTER 7!!! Thank you all so much for being patient, how many months since I last posted??? It’s been so long ugh, anyways, don’t read this if the above warnings trigger you and also tell me if you want to be tagged on the next chapter! Enjoy! <33333
Also special thanks to @boss-headcanons for helping me on what nicknames the Poly!DemoReps would use on each other, sorry if it’s a little late. XDD
Thomas is a complete mess while he sat in James’ living room couch. His heart sinking because of the news he was given. Burr and Madison had talked and honestly, he secretly wished that they had ignored it and went to bed with him. Instead, they went deeper into the topic and now Thomas wished that he had joined them both.
Burr wanted to clear things out with James to sate his curiosity. Jefferson’s heart burned out of jealous rage as he thought of the girl that had broken his nose on purpose- he knew it wasn’t, he just wants to look for reasons to hate her - grumbling, he crossed his arms over his chest and looked to the side avoiding Madison’s gaze.