Alex tried to remember how long she'd been home alone. Had it really only been three hours? Felt more like three hundred.
Suddenly, she felt a weight on her legs. She screamed and stood up. Meeeoow! Felix complained.
"Oh, I'm so sorry!" she crooned to the fluffy brown cat as she lifted him to her chest. She stroked and stroked his long hazel fur.
A flash of lightning and a roll of thunder shook the very foundations of the house. She shrieked again, hating herself for acting so girly. At school she prided in being able to hang with both guys and girls easily. She'd never even wore a skirt unless it was forced upon her by her mother and older sister, Emily.
Alex glanced at the clock again and groaned inwardly. It was gonna be a long night.