Just after I posted the TT, I noticed little Black wasn't her happy peppy self. She ended up being very sick with some mysterious virus - we're still waiting for the results of her test - ... in fact, the vet told me to prepare the children for the worst. She had her little neck shaved for a blood test (who knew a little squeaky kitten could howl like that!), given medication to bring his little fever down and instruced to force fed a bit of water.
Okay - just between me and you, I gave her milk, which is supposed to be a big no-no, but I figured it couldn't hurt her any worse and I wanted to make her potentially last days happy ones. I also spent three days just cuddling her. BIG TIME WASTER, that! Can't type, can't do housework, can't write,... you get the picture.
I intended to separate the two sisters, but before I could, Lady Grey (official name of grey kitten) started exhibiting the same symptoms. :(
Happy to report that Black, whose official name is now Licorice (can't manipulate the 3 yr-old like I thought we could) is feeling great. We still don't know what was wrong, but she's back to her bouncing-off-the-walls cuddly self.
Lady Gray is still not her little self. I have managed to get her to eat, but alas, she still won't leave her warm bed...
Thanks so much to everyone who came up with excellent, imaginative names for the kittens. We had a lot of fun reading them all, but in the end, the kids won out. Lady Grey actually came from someone's (Daisy Dexter Dobbs, I believe) suggestion of Earl Grey, with a slight feminization.
Wish I could share exciting writing news, but alas, my days have been filled with litter and cat fur!