In repose, her cat is the sweetest fluffy angel.
In a storm, her cat is a scratchy demon that shouldn’t be approached with anything less than full body coverage.
So it’s a terrible coincidence that she’s cuddling her cat when the sudden storm announces its arrival with an earth shattering boom. The feline wakes with a start and sharp claws immediately dig into her skin.
Now both of them are yowling, one in terror, one in agony, both unable to pull away from the other.
Eyes burning with tears, she makes a resolution. She’s going to build the perfect soundproof room, and she’ll train her cat to hide in it during any storm. Less stress for the cat, less scars on her skin.
Genre: slice of life
Decades later, she has a lot of fun inventing all kinds of stories to explain her scars to her kids and grandkids. Her favourite is the one where she manages to convince the twins for years that the scars are leftovers from when they sprouted out of her arms like flowers.