Should go or come be used in this sentence?

Is the answer come since the cat is moving towards the people?

So, Alex decided to organize a meeting with his friends in front of the voluntary association. Once there, Alex and his friends went inside, hoping to spot the animal. What happened next was amazing! Not far from them, a cat started going / coming towards them. It was him!

That scene filled Alex’s heart with joy. He was so proud of having made his friends' day that he came back home with a smile that no one could take away from him.

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    The narrative is written from the point of view of Alex and his companions, so it's come. See this question( and others. Commented Dec 16, 2022 at 13:50
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    What Kate said, and to add that it's still correct to use "going", but poor writing style.
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    Commented Dec 16, 2022 at 19:06
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    Please provide proper attribution for the text that you quote. That means title, author, and publication, or as many of those as are available. If the source is long, such as a book, please include a page number or other location also. If the source is online, please include a link also. See Marking and Attributing Examples, Sources, and Other Quotes Commented Dec 18, 2022 at 2:24

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It seems the passage is written in free indirect discourse, i.e., the narrator's perspective can be anywhere in between first- and third-person. So, both go and come can be used. Which is used depends on which perspective the author has in mind at that moment: is it more like first-person or more like third-person?. If first-person, then come should be used, if third-person, go. The passage doesn't appear to offer a definitive answer.

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