“Do you mind?” the elephant said to the cat when he saw him sitting on a rock in the stream. “I’m taking a shower here and I don’t need or want an audience.”
The cat looked up at the elephant and said, “I’m curious. Why don’t you just lick your fur with your tongue. That works for me. I hate getting wet.”
“First of all, I don’t have fur,” the elephant, who was getting quite irritated, said. “Second of all, I enjoy spraying myself with the water I gather up in my trunk. Third of all, you should just mind your own business. Now go away so I can finish my shower, dammit.”
“Aren’t you curious about what I’m doing here?” the cat asked the elephant.
“I couldn’t care less why you’re here,” the elephant responded. “I just want you to go away and leave me alone!”
“Fine,” said the cat, “because I’m not really here anyway.”
Now it was the elephant’s turn to be curious. “What do you mean you’re not here?” he asked. “I see you right there, sitting on that rock and looking up at me. Of course you’re here.”
“It may appear that way,” the cat said, but that’s not actually true.”
The elephant was getting very angry at the cat. He leaned down to the water, filled his trunk with water, lifted up his head, aimed his trunk at the cat, and blew a torrent of water directly at the cat. But the cat didn’t move at all.
The perplexed elephant said to the cat, “I don’t understand what just happened. Why are you still here?”
“That’s the thing,” the cat said. “I’m not here. I’ve been photoshopped onto this image, so I’m not really anywhere near you, elephant. And I never have been.”
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: yo.