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by De Kenyon
Lost in dreams, Ferntail must rescue his human girl from nightmares. Will a mysterious and beautiful cat from the Society of Secret Cats lead them home…or further astray?
Mice are delicious. But even more delicious are monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night. Your mother or father might tell you that they are all in your head and that you’re just imagining things. In a way, they’re right. Monsters are all in your head.
But you’re not just imagining things.
I was inside Jaela’s head with a tasty monster called an Aranea, which was dribbling slime and trying to skitter out of the way on its spider claws, when the entire world of dreams shook, as though being shifted around by an earthquake.
The Aranea crawled up the wall of Jaela’s dream-bedroom, clinging to the ceiling, too scared even to spit acid at me, as I tried to keep Jaela from waking. It is bad when a dreamer wakes before you have eaten the monster, because the monster might be able to escape the dreamer’s head, sometimes for a short time, sometimes for a long time, and cause mischief.
When I was a wee kitten, I let one of her monsters get out, and it threw a tantrum in her room, only disappearing when her parents appeared to find out what was the matter. Jaela hid in a corner and screamed, and wouldn’t stop screaming even when her parents asked her what was the matter.
She was punished for breaking toys and writing in crayon strange words in letters and languages that none but those who walk dreams could ever read.
But, even as a kitten, I could read them: Stupid cat.
I was so insulted…and ashamed…that I had to lick my tail for an hour, afterwards.