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Below the zelkova tree time had stopped. At the foot of a little pine tree in its shadow, the most important of gems lay sleeping.
I'd heard that cats offer their complete trust only to the people who are feeding them. So they only reveal their really cute side to their owners. Hence it follows that we - the odd couple living next door who were not really Chibi's owners but were merely getting a taste of what cat ownership might be like on an ad hoc basis - were most likely not shown her most coquettish behavior.
But that also meant that Chibi was willing to show us another side of her personality which she didn't show her real owners - her true nature, her refusal to pander to humans, the untouched, wild part of her character. This is where that sense of mystery that Chibi always left us with came from. I think a prime example was that part of her that I name, for lack of a better term, "Lightning Catcher."
... this cat was as quick as lightning, and at the same time was doing her best to catch lightning. p69-71
The male skimmer I'd become friends with had vanished by the end of August. For a while I regretted the disappearance of my winged friend and his wife from the garden, which had now also been left behind by the old man and the old woman. But I felt as if that same skimmer had been brought back to life along with the bright light of summer. Then--between the effacement of death and this birth that was in a sense a kind of rebirth--I found vividly recalled to me those who had left and would never return.