Fargo, ND—His eyes fixed on a spot on the ceiling near the anterior wall of the house, local cat Percy is debating what he’s actually staring at.
The episode began shortly after his owner, local fitness instructor Sam Neal, left for work. Percy walked into the bedroom intending to find a sunny spot, and after he sat and proceeded to clean himself, his eye caught the dark presence on the ceiling.
Launching into stalker mode, Percy slunk across the room and took up residence beside the bed, his dilating pupils riveted on the dot on the ceiling. At the time, there was no doubt in his mind: what he saw was a bug.
In the intervening four hours, however, Percy’s confidence has waned. While he has remained in the same spot, unblinking, for all this time, he admits that his doubts have overcome him.
“I was really certain it was something important, like a fly or a cockroach. Maybe even an unusually dark ladybug. But normally they get restless and start moving at some point, and that always provides a little jolt of encouragement for me to stay focused.”
Occasionally shifting his paws and flicking his tail, Percy can’t yet bring himself to give up his post, just in case.
“What if I’m wrong, you know?” he pondered, gazing up at the spot even now. “I’d sure hate to miss the chance to pounce on a bug because it was more patient than I am. I have to be the better man here.”
When we last spoke, Percy had afforded himself the luxury of laying on his side, eyes still pointed at the same spot, ready as ever.