Just a few daily snippets in the lives of our beloved duo Bonkers and Miranda.
Miranda and Bonkers dug through some boxes trying to clean out some old stuff and start condensing. Miranda knelt by a box and pulled out a blue stuffed bear with one button eye.
“Aw Bonkers. Is this yours? He’s so cute.”
Bonkers blushed slightly. His mother had given him a box of his old things and he had almost forgotten about his old bear. He took it and stared at it. “Yeah. I remember when Momma gave him to me. Soon after they took me home. I was scared in that big room, but Momma assured me everything would be alright.”
Miranda smiled. “I can fix him up for you. He definitely stays.”
Bonkers found a football uniform. “I didn’t know you had a brother.”
Miranda was now blushing. “No, that’s mine. I played in junior high school. I told you I wasn’t a girly girl.”
Bonkers smiled. “Aw Sweetheart, I wouldn’t have it any other way.” He leaned in and kissed her.
Miranda stood up and went through a larger box. Just then her eyes widened and she smiled. Bonkers looked at her as she turned around, a large red hammer in her hands.
“My Hammer! I thought that was gone.” Bonkers stood up quickly.
“Yeah, me too. This is some prop.” Miranda said.
Bonkers remembered his days at Wacky Toons. “Yeah, but I guess I don’t need it anymore, it can go.” Bonkers went to take it from her but Miranda smiled. Bonkers stared at her.
Miranda held the hammer by its handle, testing its weight. “I don’t know, maybe there could be a use for it.” Miranda smiled, a grin spreading across her face and Bonkers eyes widened.
“Miranda, wait. Come on, no.” Bonkers ran off back into the living room. Miranda laughed as she chased him around the coffee table with the large red hammer. “Hey come on, be careful with that thing.”
And the laughter continued as Miranda and Bonkers played together, not getting much work done.
The apartment smelled wonderful as Miranda walked in. “Bonkers, Honey are you baking again?”
Miranda looked in the kitchen and saw her toon bobcat husband bopping away, swinging his tail to the sprightly music on the radio.
Miranda smiled. Bonkers was always so cute when he was lost in his baking. He swung his narrow hips, and swayed his striped tail to the music. After a long day, she loved coming home to her beloved Bonkers.
“Honey?” Bonkers didn’t hear Miranda over the loud music. “Bonkers?”
Still no answer, his back was to her. “Robert Daniel!”
Bonkers jumped and turned, he glanced about, and saw Miranda standing there with a smile. “That got your attention.”
“Miranda!” He lowered the music on the radio. “Sorry Sweetheart, I guess I was caught in my baking.”
Miranda came and slid her arms around his waist. “Funny how I called three times and you finally heard the last call.” she smiled.
Bonkers blushed a bit. “It’s kinda strange hearing that name. Last I heard some one yell my name like that was when I crashed my Father’s car into the barn.”
“Aw, drivers ed?” she asked.
“Not really. I was twelve. And my Dad was furious for a week.” Bonkers kissed her on the cheek then took the baking pan and put it in the oven.
“You tried to drive your father’s car and ended up in the barn?” Miranda found it funny.
“Momma didn’t think it was funny. I almost hit a cow. After that I put off driving until shortly before I met Lucky. No wonder why he never trusted me behind the wheel.”
“What’s the cake for?” Miranda asked as she took off her sneakers.
“Nothing really. I just felt like making one.” Bonkers answered.
Miranda leaned against the counter as she watched him cut some strawberries into slices. “All that cake, you’re going to get sick.”
“Aw Sweetheart, I’m only sick when I don’t see you.” He said with a smile before he kissed her. Miranda loved this part of coming home, coming home to a loving husband.
Miranda broke the kiss, smiling as she slowly inched her way out of the kitchen. She smiled at him and he stared after her. His tail swaying from side to side. The cake would burn, but he could always make another one.
Miranda shot up in bed and fell to the floor. She sat up, her pale blonde hair standing on end. She jumped up, grabbed her robe and ran out of the bedroom. She slid to a stop at the entry way of the kitchen.
“Bonkers! What is it!”
She saw Bonkers standing on a chair in his sweatpants staring wide eyed at the corner of the kitchen. She tossed her arms around him. “Honey what is it?”
“A Bug!” Bonkers shouted.
Miranda was annoyed. She put her hands on her hips. “Seriously Bonkers. A bug, that’s what you’re screaming about. You almost gave me a heart attack. We arrested a bug before.”
“This isn’t a Toon bug Miranda, I doubt this thing has legal rights.” Bonkers said shaking.”
“Oh for crying out loud. I can’t believe you’re afraid of a--” she started and then it crawled out from under the sink. Miranda jumped and hung onto Bonkers for dear life. The long slender creature with hundreds of legs was not cute in the slightest. “Holy cow, Bonkers do something!” she pushed him.
“You’re the husband.”
Bonkers hid behind her. “You’re the wife.”
Bonkers felt a eerie chill go up his spine. “I thought you were raised on a ranch. Didn’t you see bugs like that all the time?”
“No! Ants, fireflies, beetles, the occasional rodent, but not a millipede. What about you, farm boy.”
“Same here. Bugs usually stayed where we couldn’t see them, in the fields.” Bonkers and Miranda clung to each other. “What are we going to do?”
Miranda knew they had to get ready for work, but she wasn’t going to step foot out of her apartment until the bug was gone. “The storm the other day must have caused it to wander in.”
Bonkers took a deep breath. She was right. He was the husband and had to do something. He had to take care of this. He cautiously stepped off the chair and as slowly and quietly as he could inched his way to the Tupperware drawer. “If I can caught it, I’ll toss it outside and it will be over.”
“Bonkers you’re not using a Tupperware bowl to catch it.” Miranda said sternly.
“Do you want this thing to set up camp?”
Miranda shrugged her shoulders. “Fine.”
Bonkers grabbed a bowl and slowly inched his way towards the bug, his skin crawling. He slowly leaned over but suddenly the bug started walking and walked right up his leg.
The Toon bobcat screamed to high heaven. His tail straight as an arrow, his fur all bristly. “Get it off me!” He shouted and jumped.
Miranda danced around him trying her best to help while trying not to get creeped out herself. “Honey, stay still maybe I can-” Then she caught the bug in the bowl and she slammed it shut. She tossed the shut bowl in the trash and Bonkers stood there white as a sheet. Miranda looked at him, she felt sorry for him. She leaned against him. “Aw Honey, it’s okay. The bug is gone.”
Bonkers stood there. He shook himself out like a cat. “That was awful.”
“Aw Honey, tell me about it. Let’s get ready for work. I’ll call an exterminator tomorrow just in case.”
Bonkers stared at the floor. “Good idea.” he walked towards the bathroom. He slid his arm around Miranda’s waist. “My Wife, the hero.”
Miranda laughed as they walked into the bathroom.
The bathroom door opened and Miranda rushed out, grabbed the garbage bag and tossed it out window into a trash bin below. She shuddered, then went back and readied herself for work.
Sunday, mid morning
The Day Of Rest
A warm Sunday morning was a welcome sight. After a long work week, all Miranda could think about was rest. She needed a break, from everything. Work, house work, relatives calling, and she hated to admit it; she even wanted a little break from Bonkers. She loved her husband with all her heart, but the last week had been rather frazzling and she just wanted to enjoy a peaceful day.
She started off with a long hot bubble bath. She may not have been a frills and lace girl but she wasn’t above a warm scented bubble bath. “Hey Sweetheart, you in there?” She heard Bonkers at the door. She shrugged her shoulders. “What’s taking you so long?” She stared annoyed at the door. Bonkers knew she would be in here for a while, she told him. “Do you want tea or coffee?” She heard him ask.
“Nothing Honey, I’m fine. I’ll be out later.” she called back.
But it seemed every few minutes Bonkers was at the door asking her something. She dove her head under the water.
Later, Miranda sat with her feet up, reading a magazine. Suddenly Charlie came running by nearly knocking over the coffee table, soapy suds all over the place. Bonkers came running after him. “Sorry Sweetheart, I was just trying to bath Charlie for you, but he got away from me.”
Miranda puffed air through her bangs.
Even later, Miranda stood admiring her newly cleaned closet. She didn’t want to work today, but it felt great seeing all her clothes and shoes nice and neat and organized.
She saw Bonkers walk into the room. “Hey Sweetheart. Don’t mind me, I just have to put this box away.”
Bonkers stood on a step stool and pushed the box in place but suddenly he lost his footing and crashed right into Miranda’s side of the closet causing all her clothes and shoes to fall on the floor in a heaping mess. Bonkers poked his head up. “Miranda, Sweetheart, I’m so so sorry. I’ll help you put everything back.”
Miranda glared at him and the bobcat knew it was better to leave her alone.
With her closet back to normal, and dinner over and done, a quick order out for pizza, it was finally time for bed. Miranda sunk into her pillows, her body finally starting to relax as she let herself melt into her bed. She closed her eyes but then she heard Bonkers lean close to her.
“Sweetheart.” he whispered.
“Oh now what!” She turned on the bedside lamp. She sat up staring at Bonkers. “Bonkers, Honey I love you but it’s been a long week and all I wanted today was some time to relax and I’m sorry but you have been a pain in my neck all day.” She saw him staring at her. She felt bad. “Honey, I’m sorry. But I do need some time to relax.” She kissed him on the cheek, turned out the lamp, then turned on her side. “What were you going to ask me?” she asked with a yawn.
Bonkers stared at her, realizing it had been a long week. “I just wanted to say I love you.”
Miranda opened her eyes and turned to look at her husband beside her. She saw his sweet face, his blue eyes shining, her heart melted and she put her arms around him and they hugged. “I love you too.” she replied lovingly.
Bonkers lavender toon slippers sat quietly under the bed.
“Bonkers.” she laughed. “I guess I can take a personal day tomorrow.”