'Not the end of the world?' he asked. 'I just saw the word grandmother in relation to my mother - I'm still terrified,' he said, though there was undoubtedly a bit of laughter in this voice.
The fact that Susan laughed was making it a whole lot easier.
'And of course it's Misch's, my mother doesn't let other cats get close to her cat when she's in heat. She's very careful about that.'
'And really this is no laughing matter,' he tried, though it was impossible not to laugh when she was. Trying to stop himself, he leaned down and gave her a kiss. 'You need to wipe that grin off your face, he said.'