You thought I was dead, didn’t you? So did I, but … well, listen to today’s guest character from Mom’s fantasy trilogy, SAGE.
Hello, my ducks, my dears! My human name was Verrina beren Una, but you may call me Grandmoder. That’s Grandmother, in your language.
If you’ve read THE FALL OF ONAGROS, BARGAIN WITH FATE, and SILVER AND IRON, the books of the SAGE fantasy trilogy, you know that I was once a woman and am now a dragon. You also know that people who follow the Way so that they detach themselves from fear and desire can be translated into dragons, which is what happened to me.
What you don’t know is that the same thing can happen to animals — primarily cats.
My dear friend Katya was once a cat named Tiffany, who belonged to Marian Allen. Tiffany lived 19 years before she died as a cat. Neither she nor Marian were ready to say goodbye to each other, so she came back as a stray gray kitten; Marian welcomed her back and recognized her almost immediately. Katya lived until she was 14 this time. She wanted to come back to Marian again, but she heard there were two elderly cats who needed a home, so she arranged for Marian to find out about them. Because of her generosity in giving up her place, she joined me as a dragon.
She’s quite good at it.
She tells me she plans to appear to Marian often this summer in the form of a blue-tailed skink. Marian has always loved those, and now she knows why.
Mom is smile-weeping. I can’t wait for her to see me this summer!
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A pet dies and comes back as a different species.