Tortoiseshell Cats Are Not Refundable

It’s the near future. Experimental cloning is going on, and their target market, as you might expect, are those who’ve just lost a loved one. Only, as is common in stories like this, the end result isn’t a return of the blissful life left behind, but rather something new.

What I like most about Cat Rambo’s story, though, is that it strikes a different tone than the usual warnings and woe that accompany these ‘return of the dead’ fables. Rather than a resurrection and subsequent ruin, Rambo’s story allows for new life, new possibilities in the face of the unexpected.

There’s a cat here, one that dies and is remade. The titular breed makes exact cloning impossible, and at first the recipient of her remade pet is less than enthused. Only when she stops placing her new pet in the guise of the old one, can she move past the mental block.

The narrator faces a similar problem, though with greater consequences. The story doesn’t detail how the narrator deals with this change, deals with the disappointment of dashed dreams, but it doesn’t have to. It’s enough to end on a note of hope, when so many other’s would choose the well-tread cautionary tale.

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