Paige shouted “Eureka!” when she found the white kitty ear headband that she had bought for Halloween five years ago. They were in a shoebox in the back of her closet, behind the crinoline, the Red Riding Hood cape, and the empty soft guitar case. Lauren had proposed having a puppy pile scene in full puppy gear, and Paige was excited to try something she never had before — but she couldn’t quite wrap her head around being a puppy.
“That’s because you’re not a puppy, you’re a kitten,” had told her Bennett, while they made dinner together.
Paige had stared at them, blinking. Of course. That made sense. Could she play with Lauren as a kitten? She didn’t really know if Lauren would like that dynamic, or if that was what you were supposed to do, but they could figure it out. The intention was, as far as she could tell, to step away from her day-to-day human headspace and let herself be playful, less concerned with adulting and a little more focused on connection and being present....
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