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In Carlos Fuentes' Aura there's a scene in the middle of the book in which the second person narrator--so, "you,"--looks out the window and sees that "five, six, seven cats...are all twined together, all writhing in flames and giving off a dense smoke that reeks of burnt fur." And then you go back into the house and head down the hallway to fuck your boss's niece and the scene is never explained or referenced again. Well, that's magical realism for you.

This week, I think I edged closer to comprehending the complexities of gatos en fuego. I turned on my oven to roast some pecans. Suddenly, one of my foster kittens, Azuki, came bolting from behind the stove like the proverbial Chiroptera out of hell. I didn't even know there was a hidey-hole back there for him to get into. He was covered all over with a fine dusting of black stuff. "What did you get into?" I scolded. "Meow," he said.

When I brushed him off, I realized he hadn't gotten into something; the black stuff was the outer layer of fur burned to a crisp down his back. He had a slightly...sizzled odor.

So we all learned a valuable lesson. I now do headcounts when I turn on the oven, and Azuki, I suspect, will never venture near a stove again.

on 2009-06-21 12:59 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] somethinghead.livejournal.com
I'm definitely more of a dog person than a cat person, but that's seriously a cute kitten.

on 2009-06-21 06:31 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] deadkytty9.livejournal.com

on 2009-06-21 08:39 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] musashi270.livejournal.com
He had a slightly...sizzled odor.

This already awesome post would still be worth it for just that line, alone.

on 2009-06-21 01:50 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] bluescissors76.livejournal.com

I used to have this gas heater in my bedroom when Bad Betty was a kitten and she singed off one of her eyebrow whiskers checking it out. She's lopsided now.

on 2009-06-21 08:48 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] hartofak.blogspot.com (from livejournal.com)
The message in church today was about the rescue from the fiery furnace, how apt.
If you're looking for another literary cat craft project you might consider Donald Barthelme's Shower of Gold's cat piano.

on 2009-06-24 05:08 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] zenithblue.livejournal.com
I thought I'd read most Barthelme but I think I missed that one...

...but what a great lead. I think that explains Murakami's cat flute in Kafka on the Shore as an homage to Barthelme. That makes much more sense now.

on 2009-06-22 04:27 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] punkybrister69.livejournal.com
Adorable kitty!

on 2009-06-23 02:56 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] helpimarock.livejournal.com
OMG, if that had happened to me it would have freaked my shit out.

On the upside, that's one seriously cute cat. (And a well told story, btw.)

on 2009-06-24 05:04 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] zenithblue.livejournal.com
If he'd been hurt it would have been one of the worst days of my life. Luckily he came out relatively unscathed.

on 2009-06-23 04:28 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] wynnelily.livejournal.com
i am totally a cat person. i was supposed to get a cat that looked like Azuki(amazing cat name!) but before i was to, my sister's roommate's boyfriend wasn't paying attention and crushed his 4 week old kitten skull in the bathroom door. soooooo heartbreaking. so i am glad azuki is ok. did you figure out where the hidey hole is that he wriggled in to ?

also, that story you read is effed! magic realism indeed.

on 2009-06-24 05:06 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] zenithblue.livejournal.com
Oh, that's so awful...I'm sorry. :(

I haven't figured out where he wriggled into but I'm definitely more aware of where kitties are before I, you know, use fire.


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