“I just need you to love me as much as I love you,” I say with tears in my eyes. “I give and I give and I get nothing in return.”
I’m ignored, as usual.
“It’s always on your terms,” I continue. “But sometimes I need a hug too, y’know? I don’t want to have to wait until you’re ready to be affectionate. I’m sick of you batting me away when I need you the most.”
It’s like talking to a brick wall.
“It hurts.” I clutch at my chest. “It physically hurts. My heart’s breaking and you don’t even care. You just sit there stuffing your face as if I’m not here. As if I mean nothing to you.”
The cat swallows its mouthful of food and glares at me with derision.
A sob escapes from my throat. “WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME?!”
Stories that Sing
Fiction inspired by random songs from my Spotify playlists. The prompt for this story was ‘I’ve Been Trying’ by DJ Shadow. And it’s less of a story and more of my everyday reality as a cat owner. Bloody cats… who’d have ’em?