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Joe The Catman

Copyright © 2013 by Douglas T. Vale

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


Joe was sentenced to give up his human body and be transplanted into a cat's body. He hated cats and preferred dogs, which is why they chose to make him a cat. I cannot say why they sentenced him, or what his crime was. Capricious as the unknown gods, the judges kept their own counsel and hid from scrutiny.

Shall we learn something of Joe's old form? He was always lean, pale, blond-haired yet with light brown eyes. His teeth were naturally straight but discolored, closer to gray than white. He had a huge nose, a wide bulging thing that bumped into its surroundings far too often. He was also a bit of a clutz, tripping over his own feet, running into trees companions had loudly warned him about before.

"There's a tree straight ahead, Joe."


"You see the tree, Joe?"


"Watch out for the tree, now, Joe. You see it, right?"

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