I rest my head on his belly, gently, no smooshing. I hear his rumble, like thunder in the distance right here beneath my ear, and I skritch his neck. He stretches out under my head, his claws tangling in my hair, his eyes blinking a friendly welcome. I inhale deeply, breathing in the warm scent of feline life, and blink back, speaking his language, bridging the gap. We are alien to each other; aliens, friends, companions.
Warm in the sun together, we snooze. Our hearts beat in rhythm out of sync. He purrs deeply, I sigh deeply, we bond.