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City of Cats [20070920|23:33]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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A large man, his belly hanging over his swimming shorts, gazes contemplatively into the crystal clear Adriatic before diving in with unexpected grace. Three children, brown as berries, play a mysterious game with beach pebbles. Some are stored in pockets, others must be secreted in a crevice in the rocks and a few deemed unworthy enough are hurled into the water. A flock of sea birds wheels over the six foot thick city walls, crying defiantly at the hot sun. A slender, kitten-heeled girl slips on the slick stones of the Placa and steadies herself on the arm of her beetle-browed, stormy-faced boyfriend. His concern for her shows only in the tightening of his tanned fingers on her elbow. The creased woman behind the counter at the post office sighs imperceptibly as yet another tourist blithely addresses her in English. Buses belch diesel fumes into the clean salty air as mopeds weave deftly between cars and pedestrians, who are sluggish from the relentless heat and the aural assault of the cicadas.

When night falls, the masters of the city reveal themselves. Yellow eyes glint and the sleek silvery tiger-striped sides of a million semi-feral cats flash past in the darkness. They ensure that nothing in Dubrovnik goes unwitnessed.
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[User Picture]From: comfortslut
2007-09-20 23:19 (UTC)
This. Is. Fucking. Gorgeous.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-10-04 14:17 (UTC)
Thank you. I was going to write a travel journal when I got back from Dubrovnik, but then this popped out and I thought, there really is no need, I think I said everything I wanted to here.
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2007-09-20 23:59 (UTC)
i wish i could record what i see as comprehensively and evocatively as you do. on the rare occasions when my memory is good enough, my writing skills just aren't up to it. thank you for sharing this - when i read it, i saw it like a dream.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-10-04 14:18 (UTC)
Carry a notebook. Seriously. This is the only solution I've found that works - you've got to write things down when you think of them.

Also, thank you.
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2007-10-05 17:36 (UTC)
strangely enough, i do carry a notebook. however, i never think to write prose in it; it's basically there for when poetry happens, but for some reason i tend to restrict it to that. i'll have to remember to give it a go. as i said, i don't think my writing skills are up to it, but maybe i'll improve if i try. thank you for your advice.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-10-04 14:21 (UTC)
She had some kittens with her, too - this was one of the few times she wasn't busy being fiercely protective!
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[User Picture]From: taische
2007-09-26 19:19 (UTC)
Thanks for sharing these images... beautiful and clear.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-10-04 14:20 (UTC)
I'm glad they resonated with you. Thanks for letting me know.
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