Ooooof! I am exhausted. I feel like I barely slept at all last night. I have no idea what Thomas was up to, but he was stampeding all through the house into the wee hours of the morning. Since I sleep downstairs with the Guardians, and he was mostly on the second floor, it sounded like a herd of elephants was tromping around over My head! And I swear I heard him shouting out a time or two as well. Something like, “Aaaaaaack!”, or “A Daaaaaaaack!” or something. It was hard to tell because it was slightly muffled through the ceiling. Not so muffled that it allowed Me to ignore it though.
I finally got up at around 4:30 am and headed upstairs. I found Thomas sitting on top of the bench by the computer desk with a startled look on his face. I could tell though that he was trying his hardest to look like he wasn’t up to anything, so he ended up with a strange expression that I would call “startled innocence”.
I asked Thomas what the heck he had been doing all night and he just said, “Leader Otis, the price of safety is eternal vigilance!” This threw Me for a moment because it sounded exactly like something Brother Henry would say. Thomas then said, “Good night!” and darted off toward the stairs to Kitty Valhalla. As he disappeared I thought I heard him whispering something to himself about “… shadows but not smoke!” or something. I considered following him to question him further, but the call of the couch beckoned Me to sleepy time. I slept for a good, long while, but My sleep was troubled by dreams of elephants cloaked in shadow… but not smoke.
So Sayeth Otis