I made a new friend

I got up in the middle of the night to get some water. That’s when I came upon the creature in my living room.

I introduced myself and asked its name.

The creature hissed and with arms aloft declared, “I am the King of the Vast Netherworlds!”

I said, “Okay, but what do your friends call you?”

The creature relaxed, cleared its throat, and in a soft voice said, “Burt.”

I asked Burt if he wanted a glass of water.

He said, “Yes, please, thanks.”