Farewell, my dearest companion.

posted 23rd Jan 2021, 5:46 PM

Farewell, my dearest companion.
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23rd Jan 2021, 5:46 PM

Syn-Cypher

I can't update this week. On Wednesday my cat, and most beloved companion, died. She was born in a box in my bedroom when I was 16 years old, and she at 16 years old died in a box in my bedroom room wrapped in her favorite blanket. I was right with her the day she was born to welcome her into the world, and on the day she died it was just the same, I was with her to see her on her way, a promise I'd long given and gladly was able to keep. She and I have been together for half my life and she wasn't just a pet; calling her 'a member of the family' doesn't do it justice. She was my inspiration for so much in my life, even for my comics. Part of my work-flow included enough time for her to get settled on my lap so I could put my tablet wherever it needed to be after she was situated.

She was called 'my shadow' often, because she spent all of her time at my side no matter where I was, she was right there next to me. For the past 16 years we've spent almost every day together and very few apart. She was an extension of my soul and I an extension of hers, as without even speaking she could always tell what I wanted or what I needed and vise versa. Even when she was ailing and barely able to hold up her head, she'd always find a way to stay by my side, and that kind of love and loyalty is unparalleled and invaluable. It breaks my heart to write about her in past tense, but alas such is life and there is no way to dig your heels in and stop the march of time.

I'm grateful for every moment that I was hers and she was mine. I'm grateful for all these many years that we were together, and yet though I am grateful I'm also heartbroken that I have to go on without her. So is her baby sister, who is 15 years old and lost without her Shichi to be her lead. Though Zig knows what's happened, that hasn't stopped her from asking me to open cupboards or boxes to let her look for her sister, as if death could be reversed if she just looked in the right place. My entire week has been swallowed by this loss and honestly, I couldn't bring myself to work on my comic with an empty lap and a sad little sister hopelessly crying and looking for Shichi when she won't appear.

So I made this, it was the only thing I could do. I know I've missed so many updates this year for other reasons and, I hope you'll forgive me but I just couldn't work on it this week in the wake of the loss of my dearest companion. Thank you for your understanding and I promise I'll try to do better and stay on schedule going forward. I just wanted to share honestly why I hadn't made an update this week as I bid goodbye to my most beloved Shichi. Thank you for coming into my life, dear sweet creature, and making it a better existence than it was before you'd arrived. Baby sister and I will always remember you and miss you.

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