Emily woke early, some mildly startling dream countering the intoxication of sleep.
Early morning was her favorite time of day, lying still in bed, the
beginnings of a purr from her cat Muffin curled up on her neck, the
occasional whirring sound of early commuters driving by outside. She lay
peacefully, before the welcomed weight of Muffin was replaced with the
burden of the new day.