Taking a break from doing some yard work, they set up a lawn chair to rest before getting back into it.
After a few minutes of relaxation they open their eyes and do a quick glance at the fence, seeing nothing particularly out of place, until they see a cat in the space between the fence post and the half open gate door rolling around and grooming itself just on the other side.
At first, it caught the person off guard just seeing an animal otherwise so close to them without them realizing each other’s presence.
But now the person had a unique advantage over the cat, as they were able to watch this cat in perhaps its truly natural state of nonchalance.
That is, until the cat caught sight of its watcher.
It mimic the startle that the human had; nothing grand, but now having the sense of unwavering and intense alertness to the other entity.
Both creatures stayed staring at each other…
...until they decided to move on.