As the days passed, Tesla learned more and more of Frankie-human’s words. Those strange things that didn’t make a lot of sense, that he would never be able to make, but that she seemed to use fairly often.

Some of those words? Thing 1 and Thing 2. The two smaller humans.

They were girls, and as such, smelled weird.

But they enjoyed doing something he loved. Playing with yarn.

Tesla Yarning

Frankie-human got a thing that changed the shape of the yarn. She called it a “yarn winder,” something she repeated often as if saying it out loud changed something. Though, Tesla could never understand how or what.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 would pick yarns, and together with The Dork, they unwind the yarn, letting the skein bounce and twirl on the floor, while the thing yarn winder whirred.

Playing with the yarn as it danced on the floor and listening to Thing 1 and Thing 2 giggle and call his name made him feel like he was a part of making the “cakes,” as the young humans called it.

Each “cake” got a different name, and while Tesla didn’t always understand the human words, he got the general meaning. They named each cake by the color, which was really weird. Well, for Tesla, anyway.

However, he loved it when Thing 1 and Thing 2 were home because it meant everyone would be playing with yarn while Frankie clicked and tapped on her computer. Yarn nights were wonderful nights.