Flying Cats

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Everything was as it should be: rational and constrained. The world always seems quiet whenever the morning comes. There were only a few people I saw who were up roaming the streets at the crack of dawn: the mailman, the newspaper boy, those who took walks around, and against my initial wishes was Connor – my past best friend. He was standing on the other side of the pavement while I was near the wooden post. I decided to avoid eye contact with him today and finish putting up the posters I was hanging up.

“Hey”, a familiar voice called out.

I ignored it.

“Brianna”, the voice grew louder.

I raised my head a bit to see Connor staring down at me. Afterward, he began scanning the poster I stuck and the thick envelope I held full of them.

“Mrs. Wilson’s cat is missing? But Daisy was the only one who was friendly with me!”, he said.

“I think you mean civil, Connor.”

There was a pause. “Since when?”

“Two days ago. Took a stroll and hasn’t come back”, I replied.

“Mind if I help with the posters?”

“Just try to keep up then”

For the next hour, we roamed around the street giving out the posters to passersby or stapling them onto the wooden posts. We were nearing the last ones when Connor suddenly asked, “Bri, do you believe in flying cats?”

“Is this about Daisy? I doubt she knows how to fly”, I sarcastically replied.

There was a brief pause between us. “Let’s look for her ourselves.”

“That was always the plan”, I mentioned. A swift breeze suddenly passed as I cleaned up and checked my phone. It was a cat running!

“Daisy!”, Connor exclaimed before grabbing my hand. Suddenly, I found myself tiringly sprinting across the road being led by Connor who was wearing the biggest smile on his face.

Once we were downtown, the cat had gotten way ahead of us. Connor sat on the ground, panting. Meanwhile, I took the time to think whether the feline we’d been chasing was Mrs. Wilson’s cat. Daisy, who was well-fed and cared for, had a very common appearance (on the fact that their breed was popular in the area) with cream fur and hazel eyes. It wouldn’t be surprising to have mistaken another cat for her.

“Speaking of, you never answered my question”, Connor said.

“No, I do not believe in flying cats.”

“You didn’t even consider it? Well, I did. I even made my hypothesis.”

“Not the time.”

“There’s a 50% chance that Daisy can now fly.”

Though I never really knew of any cemented reason for why our friendship grew apart, I would say moments like this forgot that it ever did. His words made me feel exactly the way I was hoping to – very confused and curious. There was often something more behind most of his words. It either had meaning or it lacked any type of sense.

“How can you say?”, I chuckled.

“That experiment in physics, the one with the cat.”

“Schrodinger’s?”

“Yeah. So that means, there’s a 50% chance that Daisy’s flying.”

“That experiment was whether the cat is alive.”

“Regardless. If she can’t fly in this end, she’ll do so in another. They’re entangled.”

“What end?”

“This end of the universe. She might be flying in one of these worlds right now.” He gazed up at the sky with the sun staring back at him.

“Then in one of these universes…”, I hesitated.

“We’d be friends?”, Connor added to my statement, “I doubt it. On another end, we’d have nothing to do with each other, we’d be strangers.”

“Any reason?”

“Because we’re already friends in this one”, he said nonchalantly. I wanted to ask him what he meant, but he simply looked at me with a straightforward expression. Maybe, it was all in my head. I never imagined being this comfortable with him in ages, even more so considering we grew up together.

While he reluctantly stopped staring at me, I remained lost in my thoughts. He grabbed my hand to pull himself up and as he dusted off his clothes, we both felt a breeze pass through us again. It was the same cat from earlier but was holding a small piece of fish in its mouth this time. I turned to Connor. “You think that’s Daisy?”

“We can only find out Bri. Nobody said this was going to be easy”, he answered while tying up his shoelaces.

My record for any athletic activities was a mere average and my enthusiasm for it was about the same. However, I found myself with comparably more energy than before. Connor was right – we wouldn’t know Daisy’s state without finding her and confirming it ourselves.

I leaped through and ran ahead, leaving Connor behind. Given his athletic skills, I doubt he’d have any trouble catching up. This wasn’t going to be easy: Downtown was crowded, there were tons of cats with the same appearance as Daisy, and there was the fact that she could jump or possibly fly from house to house.

Even though the slightest probability of us finding that cat in this huge area was slightly low, I didn’t want to give up. With the afternoon bustling, the streets became noisier. Connor was now running beside me. Indeed, everything was as it should be: uncertain and unpredictable.

 

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