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Dreamed 2017/4/24 by Wayan
My family's inherited a rare, recessive condition called WS--Werecat Syndrome. We don't suffer a werewolf's full-moon cycle; our transformations are unpredictable. And we rarely go full-cat. Often the shift is partial--a tail, cat ears, eyes, retractable claws. Or subtler yet, just a sensory or emotional shift to a feline view.
A team of social/medical workers fuss over us now, documenting different aspects of WS:
None of them really tackle what it's like. They assume cat-urges are all savage, predatory--like the old horror film Curse of the Cat People! As if we wouldn't have the brains to stay well-fed when human, so our cat-selves can play safely. Even as big cats we have sharp minds and memories; we know to mind our manners, sheathe our claws! Cats always can--when they want to. Our morals don't atrophy; it's our senses, emotions and sensuality that change. And they don't regress, they intensify.
- Legal: Are we people? Are we INTERMITTENT people?
- Psychological: Are we humans invaded by felinity... or are we cats with fits of humanity; or are we were-beings first, is shifting itself our deepest identity?
- Social: How does keeping such a secret--and up till recently we did--shape or limit intimacy? (Of course they don't consider if our secret could ever strengthen intimacy. To humans, even those who ought to know better, difference is still basically disability.)
- Financial: Are there extra costs? Advantages? Cats see things humans don't.
- Medical: Cats don't live long; will we? So far, yes.
- Literary/Artistic: A writer, an artist, a video scriptwriter and a news reporter are studying us. Mostly mining us for art material. So far, only the reporter has thought to ask how werecatting stimulates OUR OWN art...
- Spiritual: Do we have souls? None, one, two, more?
And of course, most important of all...
- Insurance! Acts of God are not covered, of course, but what about Acts of... Cat?
None of these people dare to ask about sex.
Maybe with a little help. I go full cat--puma size, but not puma shy--and sidle up to the cutest women (all writers: reporter, poet, and scriptwriter) and rub up against them and purr...
We'll see who purrs back.
TWO YEARS LATER
- Feline viewpoint: I just read Dana Simpson's Phoebe & her Unicorn. Marigold's inhumanity often makes her a better friend; yes, she's shamelessly vain, petty, and acerbic as only a unicorn can be, but she also gives Phoebe a third view, neither human child nor human adult; a longer view.
- Family syndrome; are we people?: Years ago I had a disturbing dream, "Maalox Character", warning that illness shaped me so much I HAVE no "character" apart from it. Today I'd add autism, freak IQ, and ESP too. Not diseases, but... other people talk of "building" character, I have such huge, multiple, innate differences that my sole option has been not to build but to face--and play--the bizarre hand I was dealt. How about you?
- Sex: Lyme, autism and second sight have shaped my sexuality as much as other character traits. I not only can't play by human rules, I shouldn't. I'd be faking if I tried.
- ACTION: be real with others. And... rub up against writers. See who purrs back.
Turns out my family really HAS inherited a rare mutation causing Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Overlooked by our doctors for fifty years. And yet it shaped our lives.
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