Had some sad news last night I’m afraid. My lovely Aussie sister-in-law Mel will remember that nice friendly purple rope monkey which together we freed from the pet shop last year and sent off to a new home to be best friends with Quincy. Well I’m sad to say that last night he met an untimely end.
Until recently he’d been enjoying relative peace and quiet in the corner of the front room, with the occasional snuzzle and nibble from a gentle Quince. They got on just fine, although Quincy never really took to playing with Monkey, but would simply decide to randomly toss him across the room for attention every so often.
When we brought Genghis into the household Monkey got a new best friend. Or so we thought. Many has been the evening when Monkey and Genghis would while the time away together. Monkey firmly clamped in soggy jaws and being given the tour of the house.
Quincy even got jealous at times and would attempt to re-instigate his friendship with Monkey, but to no avail. Monkey was firmly best friends with Ginger Dog and a shout of “Monkey! Where’s Monkey?!!” would bring Genghis eagerly hunting for his buddy,
Monkey even bravely saved Genghis last night when that naughty dog escaped out of the yard again. My shoelace was loose and as I stooped to retie it Genghis took the opportunity to scarper and dove straight through the fence.
Monkey volunteered to help me capture his mate and together we went out into the road where we spotted Genghis frolicking. Monkey did a seductive dance and soon Genghis was back in his friend’s company and safe from traffic and the dog pound.
You’d think he’d be grateful?
But no. Merely hours after this episode I walked into the front room to find Genghis a murderer. Around him was strewn the hung, drawn and quartered remains of Monkey. Genghis sat gloating over his victim, innards dangling from his lips.
I don’t think he’s going to have a quiet repose though, his saggy carcass will not be interred and sent to abide with the Great Monkey in the Tree. Genghis insists that Monkey Skin is his plaything and will not relinquish hold.