小虎與我

Little Tiger and me

小虎與我

 

 

小虎其實是人,不是貓。

 

 

有一天,小虎不知怎的尾隨我進了課室,全班同學即時嘩然,小虎卻無動於衷,仿如國王出巡,繞着課室轉了一圈,同學爭相離座,欲一睹小虎風采,兼又拍又叫的引誘小虎皇帝臨幸,不過小虎一臉傲然,完全不理狂拋媚眼的男女同學,卻忽然在講台中央停下,開始舔臉理毛,由於小虎「剛巧」「無意」地停在整個課室的焦點位置,全體同學情緒更高漲,幾乎衝進講台看貓。

 

教授無法講課,非常不悅,臉色極黑,他向我厲了一眼,示意我收拾殘局;由於我時常餵貓,貓貓根本會俾面跟我走,我私心地想在眾人賣弄「御貓術」,就故意在小虎面前晃一下鞋子,小虎認得我的鞋,大概以為跟着鞋子走會有嘢食,就乖乖地跟着我離開課室,等小虎一離開課室,我隨即閃身回房,立即關上課室門,小虎隨即知道受騙,在門外生氣地喵喵叫。

 

全班同學又叫又拍的吸引小虎,小虎都不來;唯獨我一叫,小虎立即豎起尾巴乖乖跟着我,我覺得自己在全班同學教授面前攞盡面子,閃身回課室後扺着門哈哈笑,小虎在門外生氣地喵了幾聲後,就悻悻然離開了。 

 

我見小虎走了,轉身望向全班,期待表演了「御貓術」的掌聲,但全班同學卻鴉雀無聲,同學看見我,都目無表情地低下頭來;教授見同學安靜了,立即重奪主導權,又厲我一眼,着我坐下。

 

原來同學覺得我掃興,難得貓王駕到,當然是逗貓玩重要過上堂,我卻不識趣地引走了小虎,大家覺得我唔識做人,所以無人拍手,無人稱讚,無人責駡,大家都裝作不見,扮無事發生,小虎仿似從未出現。

 

我有點明白小虎現在的心情了,我也悻悻然的坐下,低頭不語,翻開課本,扮成聽課的模樣。

 

 

下課後,我立即飛奔回宿舍找小虎,小虎很容易就找到了,我打開昂貴魚罐頭進貢賠罪,小虎卻噴一下鼻,貓眼眯得細長,頭一扭,貓腿一伸,屁股一轉,氣憤地踏着細碎貓步離開了。

我的玻璃心應聲而碎,砰砰嘭嘭地落了一地,我追上小虎,把魚罐頭雙手奉上他鼻前,平常我只要拿出魚罐頭,還未開罐已被貓兒豎尾圍攻;只要一拉罐頭,小虎即帶頭跳上來爭食,但當日即使小虎嗅過魚香,仍堅決不回頭,氣憤地一蹦一跳離開了,嗚~哇~小虎,我對你不住啊~

 

我不應該騙你,不應該借你過橋好讓自己耀武揚威,最後還落得被同學怨恨,嗚~嗚~哇~小虎,對不起啊~~~~

 

我就這樣拿着魚罐頭,追了小虎一整個星期,他都不理我,他肯食其他宿友給的便宜乾貓糧,都不肯吃我給的貴價魚,嗚嗚嗚QoQllllllllllllllll

 

最後小虎抵不住魚香,態度軟化了,終於肯吃我給的魚,小虎一邊吃,一邊斜視我,似在告誡我:本貓今次大貓有大量,破例原諒你這人類,以後要尊重本貓,日日給魚我吃!

 

是的是的,小的明白,小的知錯了,不會再借貓過橋,待貓如待人,日日糧水侍奉,節慶食魚,以後錫哂小虎©

 

小虎一邊吃我給的魚,一邊「喵—」,似在說:知錯就好,本貓封你這人類為近身,以後隨傳隨到!

 

 

動物真的比人類可愛億倍,最多記恨一星期,不像小氣的人類,小虎既直接、又真誠,還會在傷心時安慰人。

 

 

看來教授還在記恨,我的成績不太好;同學仍嫌棄我唔識做人,聚會永無我份,我孤單地坐在教學樓的沙發上,呆呆地望着空無一人的走廊。

 

小虎忽然又不知從哪溜了進來,他認得我的鞋子,豎起尾巴小奔過來,我料不到在教學樓會撞見小虎,無準備貓糧,小虎讓我摸了一把,見無嘢食,「喵」了一聲抗議,拉起尾巴離開了。

 

我有點失望,繼續坐在沙發呆望,心裏很鬱悶,眼裏卻沒淚,真是欲哭無淚……

我的同學個個非同凡響,有專業釣金龜、矢志做人妻的,有專業捉水魚、矢志揾老婆的,有社運鬥士,有歸隱農夫,有旅遊浪子,有理論宅男,有性愛烈女;教授更刺激,有彩虹同志,有剛陽蕾絲,有濟世孔子,有獨裁教徒,位位仿似仙人下凡,我這個凡人太卑微,妄想融入這個天堂,卻被這金光燦爛的烏托邦閃盲了眼,正艱辛地適應這非比尋常的大學生活。

 

隔了一會,小虎跑回來了,見我還呆坐沙發上,「喵—」了一下,我瞟了小虎一眼,小虎貓眼靈動,忽然跳上沙發,走了幾貓步,在我腿上一屁股坐下了。

 

我有點受寵若驚,第一次無餵貓糧也能如此親近小虎,小虎很温暖,貓毛很柔軟,我搔着小虎的下巴、揉着他的貓肚、圈着他的長貓尾,小虎竟然乖乖任我擺佈,我摸着摸着,小虎竟然發起盹來,不久打起鼾聲,在我腿上悠悠入睡了。

 

在寧靜的走廊,無人的沙發上,我感受着小虎有規律的呼吸,一起一沉間我也漸漸困了,看着小虎那無憂無慮的睡姿,安祥輕鬆地眯起貓眼,貓嘴一張一合地打着呼嚕,我忽然覺得之前的憂慮一掃而空,我緊張在意別人的看法,又曾好好梳理過自己的想法嗎?

 

 

幾年前小虎仙遊了,這隻貓真的像個人,嶺南社區為小虎弄了個葬禮,貓貓如人類入土為安,火化消逝。

 

小虎不在了,我以後也不會再見他豎起尾巴跑向我了,不會再聽到他「喵—喵—」催促我開魚罐頭了,不會再有貓命令我開升降門,不會再有貓陪我們上課……

 

原來我們曾經如此開心過,小虎不在了,這些令人微笑的事只能回憶,不能重現,一念及此,眼淚無聲落下,我這才發現自己多麼喜歡小虎,小虎一直真誠待我,他真的扯火地氣我,又大方地原諒我,我傷心時又安慰我,小虎,我好想你啊……

 

即使小虎離開了,但我們相遇過的事實不會改變,我們在一起的快樂回憶也不會褪色,謝謝你在沮喪時安慰我,對不起我騙了你出課室門,我在大學也許認識不到最好的朋友,卻遇上最好的貓。

 

小虎,再見了。

 

 

 

Little Tiger and me

 

Little Tiger (Siu Fu) is actually a person, not a cat.

 

One day, I walked into the elevator of the Teaching Building and heard ‘Meow—’.

I pressed the ‘Open’ button immediately and Little Tiger walked into the elevator slowly. He then sat comfortable in the elevator and looked at me then looked at the door of the elevator.

I understood instantly and press the ‘Close’ button. I was alone with Little Tiger in the elevator. I looked at Little Tiger closely. Little Tiger looked at me and yawned relaxingly.

If I translated that ‘Meow—’ into human language, it probably would be ‘Wait for me please—’

 

The elevator rose up slowly and stopped at second floor. Little Tiger ‘Meow—’ again and I pressed the ‘Open’ button immediately. The door opened and Little Tiger walked out of the elevator elegantly. I amazingly looked at his beautiful cat-walk…

If I translated that ‘Meow—’ into human language, it probably would be ‘Open the door for me the Great Cat, you human—’

 

 

The other day, Little Tiger somehow followed me into the classroom. The whole class went crazy but Little Tiger was cool. He walked a circle in the classroom and all my classmates walked away from their seats and want to have a look at Little Tiger. They clapped and screamed to attract Little Tiger but Little Tiger held a proud look and made no reaction to the excited class.

 

But Little Tiger stopped and sat in the middle of the classroom and he began to lick his face. The whole class get even more excited and tried to rush to the stage because Little Tiger was ‘coincidence’ sitting in the focus of the classroom.

 

The professor couldn’t teach and he was not very happy. He gave me a sharp look and indicated me to clear the mess.

 

I used to feed the cats a lot. The cats would follow me because they thought they would have food. I want to show off my ‘Cat techniques’ in front of everybody. I show my shoes in front of Little Tiger and he recognised my shoes. Little Tiger followed me and walked out of the classroom.

 

I dashed back into the classroom once Little Tiger had walked out and closed the door immediately. Little Tiger knew he was cheated and ‘Meow—’ angrily outside the classroom.

 

Little Tiger did not walk to anybody in the class even everybody screamed and clapped to him. But he followed me with his tail up once I called him. I felt myself was much smarter than everyone and laughed hard when I dashed back to the classroom and leaned on the door.

Little Tiger ‘Meow—’ angrily and leave later.

 

I turned round to the class when Little Tiger had walked away. I was expecting lots of clapping for the showing-off for ‘Cat techniques’ but the whole class was silent.

My classmates looked down emotionlessly when I looked at them.

The professor took control again once he saw the class was quiet. He gave me another sharp look and indicated me to sit down.

 

The classmates actually thought I did the wrong thing. They were so happy to see Little Tiger came to the classroom but I led him away. The classmates would love to play with Little Tiger rather than listen to the professor.

That’s why nobody was clapping, no praising, no cursing. Everyone pretended nothing had happened. Little Tiger seemed never visited the classroom.

 

I was kind of understood what Little Tiger felt now. I sat down without a word and opened my book to pretend I was attending a lecture.

 

 

I rushed back to the dorm after class immediately. Little Tiger was easy to find. I opened an expensive fish can for Little Tiger to apology.

Little Tiger puffed his nose, narrow his eyes, turn his head, strength his legs, round his butt and walked away angrily.

My heart crashed into pieces and fell down on ground. I ran and caught up with Little Tiger and put the fish can in front of his nose with both my hands.

I would surround by cats with tail up high in the air when I took out the fish can.

Little Tiger would jump up to me and got the first bite of the fish once I opened the fish can.

But on that day, even Little Tiger had smelled the delicious fish but he determined not to eat it. He then walked away again angrily.

Oh~Little Tiger~I am so sorry~!!

 

I shouldn’t cheat you. I shouldn’t try to show off myself through you and my classmates hated me.

Oh~oh~Little Tiger~ I am so sorry~~~~!!

 

So I carried the fish cans and chased Little Tiger for a whole week but he didn’t even look at me.

Little Tiger was willing to eat the cheap dry cat food which offered by other schoolmates but wasn’t willing to eat my expensive delicious fish.

Ohohohohohohohoh QoQllllllllllllllll

 

At least Little Tiger surrendered in front of the delicious fish and soften his attitude. He finally ate the fish I offered to him. Little Tiger was looking at me when he was eating and he seemed to warn me, ‘I the Great Cat are generous this time and forgave you human only once. You ought to respect me the Great Cat and gave me fish to eat everyday!’

 

Oh yes, yes, of course. I as a humble human servant knew I was wrong. I will not use any cats to show off and treat cats as human. I shall feed Little Tiger the Great Cat with food and water everyday and fish in festivals and love Little Tiger forever©

 

Little Tiger was eating the fish I offered and ‘Meow—’ and seemed to say, ‘I the Great Cat glad that you know you are wrong. Now I as the Great Cat offer you human a post to be my servant and be prepared whenever I call!’

 

Animals are cuter than human millions time. They would just hate me for a week, unlike selfish human.

Little Tiger was direct, honest and sincere and would comfort me when I sad.

 

 

It seemed that the professor was still angry with me. My grade was not good.

My classmates didn’t like me. They never invited me to their parties.

I was sitting alone on the sofa in the Teaching Building and looking aimlessly at the empty corridor.

 

Little Tiger suddenly came out from nowhere. He recognised my shoes and ran to me with tail up high. I didn’t expect to see Little Tiger in the Teaching Building so I didn’t have cat food with me.

Little Tiger let me stroked him. He ‘Meow—’ to complain no food reward and ran away.

 

I was a bit disappointed and continuous sitting on the sofa. I was depressed but tears couldn’t run down…

All my classmates were extraordinary. Some of them were major in dating and determined to find a wife/husband, some were justice fighter, laid-back farmers, travel wanderers, theory nerd and sexy feminist.

The professors were even more amazing. They were the rainbow gays, the strong lesbians, the great teacher and the religious dictator.

A normal human like me thought I could blend in with them but was blinded by the color beam they had radiated.

It was hard for me to find my position in this exciting college life.

 

Little Tiger ran back a little while later. He saw me was still sitting on the sofa. He meowed me and I looked at him.

Little Tiger rounded his cat eyes and jumped on the sofa and walked towards me and sat down on my thigh.

 

I was a bit flattered. I never got so close to Little Tiger even I didn’t feed him any food.

Little Tiger was very warm and his fur was very soft. I was stroking his chin, touching his stomach and circling his long tail.

Little Tiger seemed to enjoy the stroking and fell asleep. He fell into sweet dreams later on my thigh.

 

We were on an empty sofa in a quiet corridor. I felt the regular rhythm of the breathing of Little Tiger. I was getting tired too.

I felt my worries was swept away when I looked at the stress free sleeping face of Little Tiger. He closed his cat eyes relaxingly and comfortably snoring.

I took opinions from others to heart but did I even listen to my heart?

 

 

Little Tiger passed away a few years later.

This cat was actually a human. The Lingnan community held a funeral for him. Little Tiger was proper buried like human.

 

Little Tiger was gone.

I will never see him running to me with his tail up high. I will never hear his ‘Meow—’ again for the fish. I will never be ordered by cats to open an elevator door. I will never accompany by cats in lecture classroom…

 

We were real happy once. And now Little Tiger was gone. All these happy moments only in my memory but will not happen again. My tears fell down silently when I thought about this. And I found out how much I love Little Tiger after he was gone.

 

Little Tiger was always sincere. He really got mad at me and generously forgave me and comforted me when I was sad.

 

I MISS YOU SO MUCH, LITTLE TIGER…

 

The fact we had met could never be changed and the happy moments we spent together would never fade even Little Tiger was gone.

Thanks so much for your comfort when I was sad.

Sorry I cheated you and casted you out the classroom.

I might not find a human best friend in college but I had met the best cat.

 

Goodbye with love, Little Tiger.