Right as I was going to bed my motion-detecting camera went off, or should that be on? I checked and for the first time in a couple of weeks, the fox was back. He ran about in the snow for a bit looking for something to eat. I went to bed.
Just as I was drifting away I heard “MRERDRRRREWWWW!!!OOEEWEREW!!! I got worried that maybe one of the cats that use my backward as a cat highway was going at it with the fox. One thing I didn’t want in my backward was interspecies fighting.
I run downstairs and look out the patio doors. The black cat is back there, hackles risen, wailing like a mad cat. I look for the fox but instead see the big grey tabby cat. They are having a yelling standoff like two drunk guys at a bar. “YOU WANNA GO!!!” “YEAH I WANNA GO!” I MIGHT BE ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING!” “OH I AM SO READY TO GO!” I turned the backyard light on and banged on the door. They stopped and looked at me for a bit, before wandering off. I went back to bed.
A bit later I am woken up by more cat wailing. I run downstairs again. This time they were on the side of the house. I looked out the window and the grey tabby is right outside. I open the window and he just looks at me like “What human?” I yell, “Cut it out. People trying to sleep here.” He looked at me with an expression that said, “human, you can’t tell me what to do. I’m a cat.” I banged on the screen. He gave me one last look and slowly walked away as if to tell me, “I was going this way anyhow.”
I was wandering through my house and then started to wonder if I might be dreaming. I went into the kitchen and mentioned this to my coworker who was living with me. You’d think the fact that my coworker doesn’t live with me would give away the dream, but it seemed perfectly ok. I told him that one way to tell if you are in a dream is if things change from one moment to the next. I looked under the kitchen cabinets and the lights were gone. Now there are no lights under the cabinets in real life. I then looked at a wall and commented that some of the light switches were gone. There are no light switches on that wall in real life. A HA! I am dreaming I exclaimed. My coworker disappeared at this point. I started walking around my house thinking about what to do since I was dreaming. That’s when I noticed that next to the stairs there was a little alcove. It looked like a place you might put a small piece of art. It was trimmed in wood and nicely light. I got down on the ground to get a better look. ET’s hand (you know from the movie) came reaching out. I thought “I wanna hold ET’s hand.” So I reached out and woke.
I rolled over, pulled the blanket over my head and started to fall back asleep. I drifted away when Bang! and the house seemed to shake about. In my almost asleep state I thought maybe it was another dream. As I lay there thinking whether it had been real or another dream I got more and more awake. once I was all the way awake I laid there and listened. I didn’t hear anything but decided I should get up and see if I could find anything. I didn’t turn on any lights but started to walk through the house. I looked out into the front yard and thought I saw a dog with its tail wagging. I looked closer and realized it was just the wind moving a branch around in the streetlight. I got to the top of the stairs and stared down into the dining room. I saw something that looked like spindly arms and legs. My first thought was, alien. I had been dreaming about ET. I was pretty sure it wasn’t an alien. But I stood at the top of the stairs trying to figure out what it was. When I went down it was just light coming through the window on one of the chairs. I didn’t find anything so I went back to bed.
A few mornings later I lay in bed fully awake with the window open. There was a big bang and the house shook a little. Turns out it was something down at the propane plant. Like they were dropping something heavy.