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I Am Puss in Boots

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I Am Puss in Boots

Brian Aragon

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What an honor that he’s so much like his mother and to sound like thunder when he speaks.

However. He cries in his sleep because he has these terrifying dreams.

I know one truth. He is dying to be me, his father, with the voice of thunder.

He must not know that I am Puss In Boots.

“Father, may you please unfold my boots?”

“Yes, son.”

I try to hide my bright, sharp, vibranium katanas when I pull his lightweight, black leather, shiny boots from the top shelf.

Look how well my son stayed put, watching. He finally learned patience… already better than I ever did.

But still he must not know that I am Puss in Boots.

“Why do we wear boots, Father?”

“It’s a tradition in Italy.”

“We don’t live in Italy. We live in El Salvador.”

My son smiled and chuckled. That is what his mother used to do. I can still hear her warning me from my memories of her: “Garfield, one day Excalibur will find out.”

No, he must not know that I am Puss in Boots.

The Puss in Boots who slaughtered the witches.  The Puss in Boots who avoids dogs and makes sure they sleep outside under the logs.

I evolved to be something raw, a man my son won’t understand. He won’t understand why I burned villages full of riches.

I don’t want to be in a position to beg for his forgiveness.

Once upon a time now, it was in my reach to bid farewell to my fairytale as it flew past me without its tail. Still, he must not know that I am Puss in Boots.

And in the silence, I can hear him dragging something sharp along the tile way. I hear him slowly opening the door, and I, shaking in fear, saw my son with my two katanas and a Wanted Poster from  Italy, my picture soft, faded, and still clear.

My son whispered, a clear stuttering whisper, “F-f-father…. am I g-going to be…. evil…….. like you?”

I’m the notorious Italian cat.

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