After about a week and a half away from the cats, today I spent the day in their realm. In my time away, a few things have certainly changed...Melly is a bit bigger and Scarlett's tolerance seems to be increasing.
At one point, Scarlett lay patiently while Melly provided her cleaning services to Scarlett's hindquarters. Scarlett was, in theory, sleeping, but she did look up to see what was going on at her flanks and then put her head back down. By the time I got the camera, I could only catch this:
Yeah, Melly had moved on to self-laving, but tranquility was still evident. However, shortly after this, Scarlett started moving, leading to the inevitable pounce by Melly, then a brief scuffle ensued. Scarlett ended up fleeing the scene and took up residence on the love seat, while Melly simply settled in right in the same spot and a staring contest was taken up by the feline competitors:
On Scarlett's part the staring included a pronounced element of scowling...though, I'm not too sure how much of that is from being peeved and how much is simply because her face just normally looks like that (as Natalie mentioned before).