I think they were just worn out after hours of fighting and had called a temporary truce, but hey, I'll take it.
Last night was the first night Melly hasn't been confined to the bathroom. Normally, Scarlett sleeps next to me or at my feet, so I was curious to see how Melly would fit in. As it turned out, Melly and Scarlett took turns on the bed (the exchanges were loud and hissy). Scarlett is an excellent companion as she purrs constantly and doesn't move around much; Melly's version of snuggling is extremely active and involves biting my chin. Needless to say, I got minimal sleep during Melly's turns on the bed.
There is still a fair amount of growling, stemming mostly from Melly trying to attack Scarlett's tail. She seems to think that anything that swishes so invitingly is fair game for pounces. The exchange in the video below followed about ten minutes of Melly stalking Scarlett's tail, and Scarlett ignoring her while looking at me as if to make sure I was taking note of this misbehavior.
An interesting development is that the kitties are sharing quite peaceably. They are each helping themselves to each other's food (Scarlett's diet is pretty much out the window since I have no idea who's eating what - on the plus side, Melly is giving her plenty of exercise). I have also caught Scarlett digging around in Melly's litter box, and when I changed the litter in both boxes this morning, it looked like Melly had used Scarlett's at least once. And, both kitties are using all of the scratching posts: Melly's in the bathroom, Scarlett's in the hallway, and the ones on the tree.
It's been suspiciously quiet in here as I've been typing this, so I took a quick break to check the usual cat haunts. This is what I found:
All together now: Awwwwwww!