I am keeping some Peeves as pets.
They start out small, almost unnoticeable, but with time and attention they grow quite large. Each Peeve has its own special diet and housing needs, a challenge when you have an entire herd of 'em roaming about the grounds.
There are indoor Peeves and outdoor Peeves, and they don't mingle. They're a little anti-social, Peeves. They don't often interact with each other, preferring to remain aloof in their individual demesnes. Oh, sure, the kitchen Peeves will interact with each other if they must, as will the living room, bathroom, and closet Peeves - mingling with their own kind isn't as trying for them as is socializing with other types of Peeves. They are constantly mumbling and buzzing and reminding a body that they're about, even when they can't be seen. They don't like to languish, preferring to be the center of attention, much to the consternation of all the other Peeves who feel the same way. Indoor Peeves are a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all excel at being present without being seen, and feeding them requires a little effort, diet being determined by their location within the home. Try to feed a kitchen Peeve the hall Peeve's lunch and you'll have one angry Peeve.
Outdoor Peeves are wild and woolly looking. Their care and feeding is simple enough - just let them alone and they'll find plenty of fodder in the yard and garden. They like to hide and leap out at unsuspecting folk, roaring and gnashing their teeth. They're capricious, those outdoor Peeves, sometimes docile, sometimes ferocious, and never a hint what they're going to be like today until they're upon you.
Lately, I've been thinking I should thin the herd a little. Trouble is, finding homes for Peeves isn't exactly easy. It's not like I can advertise on Craig's List or sell 'em on eBay. People want their own Peeves, and generally aren't looking to take on an adopted one. Fostering is right out - Peeves don't thrive on uncertainty.
I could, I suppose, just set them out in the wild and let them sink or swim, as it were. Quite a few of them are fully mature and ought to be able to fend for themselves if only they would. They're lazy, though - domestic Peeves are spoiled and will fail to thrive if removed from their accustomed nests, perches, or burrows.
Perhaps you, dear reader, could use a few extra Peeves around the joint? You know, just to liven things up a little? Do let me know - I'll even pay the freight.
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