This is an interview with Haee by R.S. Vern. Haee is a middling cat from book collection “Haee and the other middlings” created by R.S. Vern. Silent and pensive most of the time, this is the first time he has granted an interview to a human being. After the interview, R.S. Vern revealed she thought she knew Haee, but actually, she does not now. The interview ended abruptly with Haee walking away.
Minuted by Middling Industries
R.S. Vern: So how do you feel now that people are reading about you?
Haee: *blink *blink *purr…. Life goes on. I still eat, sleep, poo, daydream, wait for death.
R.S. Vern: What’s your favorite drink?
Haee: Root – beer. Preferably with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
R.S. Vern: What’s your favorite food?
Haee: Chopped chicken liver is my all time favorite. Occasionally, I like nibbling on prickly plants… just to tickle my throat.
R.S. Vern: Favorite song?
Haee: Currently, it’s “High Hopes” by Pink Floyd.
R.S. Vern: What’s your favorite TV channel?
R.S. Vern: Do you have an all time favorite book?
Haee: “The Outsider” by Albert Camus. I am intrigued by the character of Meursault. I respect anyone who would die for truth, even if the truth is hard to bear or accept.
When Meursault was sentenced to death in the end, he told the chaplain he had naturally wished for another life sometime. But it meant nothing more than wishing he was rich or could swim faster. It was the same thing and he said finally, “One which would remind me of this life.”
That’s one intriguing statement.
R.S. Vern: Any literary hero?
Haee: Quasimodo, the tragic hero from Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo. He’s romantically humane beneath that totally deformed outer body.
R.S. Vern: Is there a particular book you enjoy reading during rainy days?
Haee: “One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Reading it always reminds me the importance of simple things like a piece of bread, a book, a match, a string and most importantly, what freedom means.
R.S. Vern: What do you plan to read next?
Haee: I was just picking up “Down and out in Paris and London” by George Orwell.
R.S. Vern: Ok. Getting back to favorites. Do you have a favorite colour?
Haee: Are you trying to be funny? I’m color blind.
R.S. Vern: Em… ok. Sorry… (Embarrassed)
Haee: Don’t be sorry. There’s nothing to be sorry about. I’m still alive.
R.S. Vern: Oh… ok. Yes. So do you have any favorite food?
Haee: You asked me that earlier.
R.S. Vern: Oh… sorry…
Haee: Stop saying sorry.
R.S. Vern: (Clears throat) If there’s one thing you can change about the world, what would it be?
Haee: To have better and cleaner air in the city.
R.S. Vern: Have you ever wished you could be something else other than a cat?
Haee: I don’t mind being a cat. But sometimes I wish I could walk on 2 legs and not 4. Like you.
R.S. Vern: Why is that?
Haee: Then I can be a bit more normal and perhaps taller.
R.S. Vern: Huh?
Haee: (Rolls eyes)
The interview ended abruptly here as Haee walked away.