Seriously, it may well be the strangest creature I have ever met face to face. The first time was a couple days ago when alsha
pointed out there was a new cat in the neighbourhood and it was sitting on our deck. I went out to have a look, and... well, I don't know what it is, but it's no cat.
like someone had been trying to make a cat but got all the little details wrong. It's gorgeously grey and fluffy and looks full-grown but it's very, very small for a cat, and the proportions seem just a little off - all elongated and slinky and weirdly fluid. And it moves wrong, too, belly very close to the ground like a weasel. Pointy ears, check. Kinda lynx-like, if lynxes were tiny and weasely.
The weirdest thing, though, are its eyes. It has green pupils, and they shimmer
. I'm not talking about the iris. Its pupils
, the part that very definitely ought to be black, are green and reflective and glittery, like that dark green shimmer on the wings of an insect, somewhat jewel-like, very glowy. It was normal, bright daylight when its pupils should have been black and contracted (our cats were sitting nearby, as point of reference), but these were the weirdest fucking eyes I have ever seen. And it was moving its head in very strange ways and seemed not to see normally. It wouldn't react or seem to see me when I was standing still, but it immediately snapped to attention when I moved and did its slinky slinky backing-off motion. Seriously, I can't describe it very well, but nothing about it moved or looked like a cat beyond the first glimpse.
We both saw it again today - same deal, daylight, shimmery green pupils, slinky alien-type motions. It's completely gorgeous, in an eldritch sort of way, but I've never seen anything like it. Now granted, one of the neighbours probably just got a strange strange cat with some sort of eye defect and possibly other health issues, and that's all, but wow. I feel like I've met some entirely new type of creature.
There is an alien in the neighbourhood. It's pretending to be a cat, but it's not very good at it.