We didn't stay long. We had our rosters to sort out and needed to set about getting ourselves back into the right sleep pattern for our duty shifts. That meant an early night for all three of us, so we grabbed a quick bite to eat and then departed.
As I snuggled up in bed that night, Beastie joined me, attempting to suffocate me by sleeping on my face. I gently manoeuvred her (to yowling protestations) until she was firmly wedged into the crook of my neck. I'd forgotten what it was like to share a bed with a cat and yet, despite her being such an encumbrance, I slept better that night than I had during all my time at the Academy.