Art and the philosophy of life

Starting over…14

“Jerry, or should I say Mr. Martin, is a very busy man.  He likes it here,” said Lilly, “and it seems as if he’s going to stay for awhile.”

“I don’t know how I feel about that,” said James.  “It seems wrong, somehow.”

“I agree,” said Lilly.  “And you’re right, he’s not finished with us.”

“I don’t like that either.”

“Neither do I.  I tried talking to him about it, but he had a meeting.”

“Do you know what happened in the meeting they all had?”

“The men like the status quo and the women are fighting for change.”

“Same old, same old,” said James nodding.  “What do you think he wants with us?”

“I can’t even dream something up,” she said.  “Nothing comes to mind.”

“Do you think Kit put more into us than we realize and she’ll turn whatever it is…on, when the time comes?”

“No.  That doesn’t make sense.  I don’t think she’s part of any of this.”

“Why not?” asked James.

“I think she just wanted to get rid of us.”

“That’s a good point.  Unfortunately, we don’t really know where we were, when we were, or what happened, when we were dead.  It’s not like we wished we would end up there.  I’m not sure what that place was.   And we have no idea who Kit and Jerry are.  What kind of names are those anyway?  I know she said he changed his name, from something unpronounceable, but still…none of it makes any sense.”

“You’re right.  And I think Rex is involved as well,” said Lilly.  “But before you ask, I have no idea why.”

“What if we disappear.  You know, run away.”

“I don’t think that’s a possibility.  I think they’ll always know where we are.”

“You mean we’re tagged?” he asked.

“No, more like we give off a different kind of aura, having been dead and all.”


“I don’t think Kit is mean, and Jerry is just plain weird, so I’m not worried,” said Lilly smiling.  “We don’t even know for sure that they’ll do anything at all to us.”

“I have to go home in an hour,” said James.

“That’s too bad, but I’ll see you tomorrow, so no problem.”

“Right.  But honestly, school seems kind of lame, after being dead.  I think we should try and find out if we have any more alterations in us.  I find it difficult to believe that the only thing Kit gave you was the ability to understand animals.”

“Dude, that’s HUGE,” said Lilly.  “Like GINORMOUSLY HUGE!”

“I guess.”

“And look at you,” she said.  “You look like a body builder and you’re gorgeous.”

“I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with that,” he said, frowning.

“It’s so when you have to fight the angels, you’ll…”

“What did you just say?”

“Nothing.  I mean you look great.”

“About the angels?”

“What angels?”

“The one’s you said I’m going fight?”

“When did I say that?”

“Just now.”

“No I didn’t.”

“Yes, you did,” said Cleo.  “We all heard you.”

“Really?” asked Lilly.

“Yes,” they all said at once.

“Well, I don’t remember saying it, so I don’t know what it means  Besides, Jerry told us that angels don’t exist.”

“I don’t feel good,” said James, putting his hands on his stomach.

“It might not even happen.  Maybe I was thinking about something else, like a story, or whatever, and it just slipped out.”

“I don’t think so.”

“I don’t either,” said Bitsy.

“I don’t know how to fight,” whined James.  “I’ve never even been in a fight.”

“Maybe you should take Tae kwon do, Karate, or that thing where people hit each other with sticks.”

“Do I look like I’m going to throw up?” he asked.

“Yes,” said Cleo.  “Bitsy looks like you do now, when she’s getting ready to hack up a fur ball.”

“I hate to admit this, but I’m terrified,” he said, sitting down on the floor and leaning against the wall.”

“You don’t know that anything’s even going to happen, so don’t worry about it,” said Lilly.

“Easy for you to say.”

“If you do have to fight, I’ll fight with you and so will Rex.”

“Don’t look at us,” said Bitsy, her tail swishing back and forth.

“I think we need to talk to Jerry,” he said.

“I think you’re right.”

“Come to school with me tomorrow and we’ll corner him in his office.”

“I’ll pick you up early.”


“I’m going home,”

“I understand,” said Lilly.  “I hope you feel better.  I’ll see you in the morning.”

James nodded, said goodby to Lilly’s mother, and left.

“He’s gonna be dead again,” said Cleo.

“Real soon,” agreed Bitsy.

“You’re wrong,” said Lilly, her hands on her hips.

“Whatever,” said the cats, walking away. “Just keep in mind that we’re lovers, not fighters.”

“Well, except when we’re angry,” said Bitsy.  “Then we’re fighters.”

“Or if someone tries to pet us when we don’t want to be petted,” said Cleo.

“Or, when…”

“I GET IT,” said Lilly.

The cats snickered and unsheathed their claws.  “Dearest Lilly, please remember that we are one of the deadliest predators on the planet.”

“Well, except for humans,” said Cleo.

“Yeah, except for them, but they use guns and bombs and things, while we just use what we have,” crooned Bitsy.  “We’re always armed and dangerous.”

Cleo, purred.  “You got that right,” she said.  “Always locked and loaded.”





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