My entry for The Fairy Ring Writing Contest over at Yearning For Wonderland. Because I could never pass up a chance to write about fairies, right?
“Hey dude, you ever wonder what your cat’s looking at?” asked Amy.
Lil took a sip of wine, “You think my cat’s schizo?”
“Or what if he sees things we don’t? Cats' eyes are always focusing on 'imaginary' stuff. Even chasing it. What if he’s seeing things on another level?”
“What like, ghosts?” Lil looked at her innocent grey tom.
“Nah, a cat wouldn’t chase ghosts around –”
“Maybe the ghosts of mice.”
“Mice don’t get ghosts.”
“Look who’s suddenly an expert on the supernatural,” Lil snorted, “Please, what’s my cat seeing? Bunnies from parallel dimensions?”
“I’m thinking more like fairies.”
“I’m thinking you need to get your head examined.”
“Why not?" said Amy, "Animals have better instincts than humans… what about those goats who know when earthquakes are coming?”
“Well, since you’ve brought up the irrefutable scientific evidence of the goats who know when earthquakes are coming, I guess I have to submit to your premise.”
“You can get all sarcastic, missy!” Amy grinned, “But life’s full of weird shit.”
“The weirdest shit this cat’s ever done is somehow convince himself that I enjoy seeing dead birds on my doorstep in the mornings,” Lil scooped up the tom and looked into his green eyes, “Are you psychic, my fluff? Are you a psychic kitty?”
“Well, obviously he’s not gonna admit to it…” said Amy cheekily.
The cat had decided he’d had enough of this patronizing cuddle-fest and squirmed out of Lil’s lap.
He strutted outside into the pale light of the new moon, raising himself up on two legs which quickly became straighter, more humanoid, as he effortlessly morphed into his true form: a proud faerie prince with a plush grey fur coat.
Smirking, he decided it was a good night to hex some sparrows.
(Words: 306. Doh!)
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