Today's excerpt is from In Gray by Sara J. Bernhardt.
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The dream was in color, but it looked as if I‘d been transported into a pastel portrait. Everything seemed light and chalky. I looked around the little grass field with the white wild flowers billowing in the breeze. I felt something brush my leg and jumped, backing away. I looked at a little gray kitten staring up at me.
“Oh, hi,” I cooed, kneeling down to pet it.
“Hello,” the cat sang back.
I shrieked, jumping back again. “Did—did you just talk?”
“Don’t be frightened of me,” he said.
I kept my distance, but the cat crept closer, closing the space between us.
“What are you?”
He laughed in a deep, husky voice. “I’m a cat,” he said.
“I can see that,” I said. “That’s not what I mean.”
“It’s just me, Daisy. I won’t hurt you.”
When I heard him say my name, my memory assaulted me with the crash, and I felt almost sick from dizziness. “You,” I said. “It’s you.”
He chuckled again. “It’s me.”
“How—how can this be?”
“It’s a dream,” he said.
The cat didn’t answer, just stared into my face. He had hazel eyes that didn’t look like the eyes of a cat, but very human. “It is you,” I said. “Why are you here?”
“I wanted to see you,” he said.
“As a cat?”
He chuckled. “Yes.”
“Because I wanted to be a cat. Is that so strange?”
“Yes,” I replied immediately. “People don’t just decide to be cats one day and then become them.”
“I do,” he cooed.
“Then your dreams are even weirder than mine,” I said.
He purred, rubbing against my leg.
“That’s weird.” I said, shaking him off.
He laughed again and pranced away. He turned back to face me. “Keep your loved ones close,” he said.
I meant to ask him what he meant—but I was already awake, with that odd feeling of panic racing through my limbs. I couldn’t decide why I was so alarmed and frightened by a talking cat. Even though this dream was in color, I knew it wouldn’t come true. I tried focusing on that to keep my mind at ease long enough to make it to Jess’s. I raced to her house and started pounding on the door.