The cat hesitated at the top of the steps, looked up, saw the ceiling fan, thought “OMG it’s the Mother Ship come to take me away and perform unspeakable experiments on me!” and ran back down the stairs.
For the 4, 238th time.
The cat belongs to my former housemates. The whole time they lived here, before getting their own place, I tried to make friends with him. He’s a handsome orange tabby long-haired cat just asking to be skritched, except he’s very shy, so he doesn’t really want you to skritch him. He was mostly invisible. He would occasionally accept a handout of catnip, but usually…
… he would hesitate at the top of the steps, look up, see the ceiling fan, think “OMG it’s the Mother Ship come to take me away and perform unspeakable experiments on me!” and run back down the stairs.
After a year or so of this, the routine got kind of old.
“Cat,” I would say, “I’m turning the fan off. Why don’t you come and have some catnip? I promise not to skritch you if you don’t want to be skirtched.”
I was beginning to take it personally.
But think of it from his point of view.
He comes to the top of the stairs. He sees the Mother Ship. He has to run away! Otherwise, it will snatch him up and take him away and perform unspeakable experiments on him.
From his point of view, everything works perfectly.
So he runs away.
And it works.
Superluminal is now available at Book View Cafe. You may read it in serial form, one chapter per week, or you may buy the ebook (available in a number of formats) for $4.99.
For a limited time, if you buy the hardcover from Basement Full of Books, I’ll also give you a free copy of the ebook in the format (within reason) of your choice.
Book View Cafe is also presenting Dreamsnake in serial version for free, and as an ebook in several formats for $4.99. On December 20, BVC will present the Starfarers Quartet.