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CLOSE THE GATE Dreamed 2004/11/19, by Emily Joy

I'm standing in the gateway on my patio, facing into the back yard. Instead of my real backyard, it looks like a strange, deserted golf course—low, green, rolling hills as far as the eye can see. A big, steep hill to the left blocks out the place where the neighbors' house should be.

There are three bunnies loose in the patio, which look vaguely like my two pet rabbits (a Dutch chocolate and a mixed breed, who do live on the patio) and another Dutch rabbit I used to know. They're the reason I'm standing here. I have to keep an eye on them because the patio gate is wide open.

And if that wasn't enough, now there's a fox in my backyard. Not just any fox: my shapeshifting lover. He gambols playfully back and forth beyond the gate, twitching his form from dark-haired, grinning boy to black-furred, grinning fox, teasing me all the while. Infernal sexy beast. He knows I have a job to do. I can't very well let him on the patio either; you just can't take chances mixing rabbits and foxes. Someone's bound to get hurt.

I stand my ground, scowling, with the bunnies sniffing around my ankles. My fox-boy keeps inching closer, bellying down on the grass and wriggling forward like a pup play-stalking. Then he'll snap back up, run in circles yipping, and do it again. He's making me nervous. I'd come out and play if only I didn't have these rabbits to worry about. But I DO. Damn it!

Finally I can't take it anymore. Slam! I close the gate and lock it. The black fox stops playing and sits in front of the gate, cocking his head and staring at me with pale lemon-lime eyes. Abruptly he yips, turns tail, and bounds away up the big hill.

"HEY!" I scream in frustration. "Where are you going?!"

Before I know what I'm doing, I take a running leap over the gate. I transform in midair into a gold-orange fox, and chase up the hill after my lover.

Black fox runs up a green hill; in foreground, ears of a watching red fox.

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