Protector Cat

1999

Technical Aspects
Story length: 2,387 words/8 pages double spaced
Voice: First person, past tense
Genre:Experimental Fiction/Science Fiction
Copyrighted: 1999
Story information
Main character: Cat
Character description: A guy with a very serious memory problem and an ability that others call a "specialty." Member of a gang whose purpose is unclear.
Supporting characters: Bonne: Cat's girlfriend, very understanding about Cat's memory. The only thing in the world that really matters to Cat.
Other characters who live in the same house and are part of Cat's "gang."
Setting:Indeterminate future, run-down urban area
General Plot
Cat lives in a sort of communal building with his gang. He has no idea how he got to be living there, why he lives there, or even who he lives with. He has problems with his memory; he doesn't seem to be able to remember even things that happened just a few minutes ago, much less hours or days. It makes his life sort of a moment-to-moment experience, and his one comfort is his girlfriend Bonne, whom he remembers more vividly than anyone else. Cat also seems to have some kind of ability or special power but he is unaware of what it is. He uses it to protect his gang but doesn't know what it is he is doing to be "special." This story is just a typical day in his life.
Information, inspiration, and other notes
This is based on a dream. I dreamed of being this character and having a girlfriend named Bonne who played jokes with my computer account. The main character is most likely named Cat because of my being influenced by Ms. Joan D. Vinge, who has written three books about her own male Cat character.
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