Cam: Why don’t you write animals into your novels?
(Watches as my beautiful Persian cat tilts her head awaiting my reply.)
Me: I guess I never thought about it. Would it improve my stories?
Cam: Everything is better with animals.
(Watches as my traitor of a Persian cat jumps into his lap)
Me: I write about magic and horror, maybe I’m afraid they (staring at the cat) won’t scuttle away fast enough to avoid danger.
(Her golden eyes glare at me)
Cam: Rats, you could put rats in your stories, they seem to frequent your type of book.
Me: Not always.
(He raises his eyebrows in question)
Me: Mickey Mouse is a rat.
Cam: (looking somewhat shocked) Mickey Mouse is a mouse, for goodness sake.
Me: Mouse or rat, they’re all Murids.
Me: Okay, rodents.
Cam: You just happen to know the technical term for rodents?
Me: I’m a writer, I know things.
Cam: You write about witches, witches like cats.
Me: So far I’ve written about sorcerers, Russian sorcerers. Not sure they like cats.
Cam: I can see it, a big fluffy Siberian cat named Vladimir; that would work.
Me: Careful, Cam, that’s a hot name right now.
Cam: Boris then or Donald.
(I shake my head)
Cam: You should write about genies, a genie would love a beautiful Persian cat for its animal familiar.
(My cat rubs her face against his cheek)
Me: You’re familiar with the term ‘familiar’?
Cam: My girlfriend writes scary stories, I know things.
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