What strange things are dreams. The jumble of thoughts that bounce around our heads, on the surface of our ruminations and beneath, they are the random attempts of a brain to make sense of things when it is least capable of doing so. And they can be a lot of fun, too.
My cats figure much less prominently in my dreams than one would think. I’ve written of this before, and put the blame for this rarity of subconscious felinity on the fact that the beasts occupy most of my waking thoughts, so they need not occupy the sleeping ones, as well. This past weekend, however, did see the cats put in an appearance in my private Morphean theatre.
The scene was set in my apartment, and I was looking into the kitchen. The four cats were there, also peering into the kitchen, but from black and chrome chairs, where they were sitting in comfort. I therefore observed them from behind. I could also see into the kitchen, where I had placed a large slab of meat to thaw on a platter on the counter. I would not do this in my waking life, for obvious reasons. This big piece of meat, probably a pork roast, had been eaten whole by one of the cats. All that was left was a remnant on the plate; not chewed or bitten, it resembled a miniature roast, about two inches long. But in the dream, it was clear a cat had eaten the rest.
He or she had also thrown it up, also whole, thus not only ruining many portions of food that could have come from the roast for me, but ruining it for whomever had attempted to eat it, too. This detritus of the stomach was what was commanding everyone’s attention, until…Tungsten strode from where she must have been sitting in front of the others, and walked away from the scene. I recall thinking that this may have been a sign of a guilty conscience on the part of she who had eaten my roast. But then I realised that the orange one, as top-cat, had never been possessed of a guilty conscience. Whatever she had done was done from her right and proper position. No, she was walking away simply because she was bored with the whole thing.
Then I woke up.