Apparently, the body pillow is now his enemy.
After he tuckered himself out by tilting at the pillow for a while, he climbed up beside me and snuggled down for a long nap, secure in the knowledge that he had defended us all from a scary pillow incursion.
I know I'm reassured.
Queried a couple markets:
Neo-opsis has had a story of mine since 1/29 and I've been seeing responses trickling in at the Rumor Mill from them. They said "it's in the Maybe list, ask again in a few weeks."
And sent another nudge to The Strand, which has had something of mine since March of last year. They said that they're "still considering it but are swamped."
Ah well. Both better than resounding "no"s.