I apologize for My absence, and for My unbecoming behavior with the chickened bananas. I fell into a well of despair and turned to the wrong place for comfort. I know Brother Oliver believed that his mockery had driven Me to the banana, but that was not the case. My sorrow was the result of My witnessing the commitment of one of the Nine Deadly Sins, and the flagrant violation of My First Commandment.
I suspected something was amiss more than a week ago. The guardians of Domino and Thomas had not been seen for some time, and both Dom and Thomas were spending even more time in our yard than usual. Plus, they were always very eager for a meal. Then, one morning, a nice car pulled into the drive at Domino and Thomas’s house. A well-dressed stranger got out and began calling for Domino. One of the Guardians was outside heading to his car at the time. Domino looked at the Guardian, meowed and then ran over to the well-dressed stranger. The man opened the door on his car, Domino jumped in and then the man got in and drove off. The Guardian watched them go, looking both puzzled and concerned.
Later that day, I heard the Guardians discussing what had been seen that morning. They were very concerned because, although Domino clearly knew and trusted the person that had taken him away, Thomas was left behind. Several more days passed, during which there was no sign of activity at the neighbor’s house. The Guardians were making sure that Thomas did not go hungry during that time, but they were very worried about his well being. Thomas was still going back to his house at night, but the Guardians suspected there was no one for him to go home to. They finally went next door, opened the back gate and discovered something appalling. The backyard of the house was full of garbage and discarded housewares. Thomas had clearly been discarded right along with these other items. In fact, he was living in the garbage pile!
The realization of Thomas’s abandonment was too much for me. That is why I turned to the chickened bananas for solace. But I should have known better than to despair. The Guardians fully embrace the commandments of Otis, and they went into action the moment they grasped Thomas’s plight. I wandered around the house for several days recovering from My banana bender, so I didn’t even realize what was going on, but when I had mostly recovered, I heard a familiar voice coming from Kitty Valhalla. I went upstairs to investigate and discovered that the Guardians had installed a new door. On the other side of the door, a face was looking out at Me. It was Thomas!
The Guardians had swept Thomas up in The Capture and brought him into The Promised Land! He was terribly confused, and very frightened, but he was warm and safe inside. I did My best to calm him down, but he just kept repeating, “Leader Otis, they left me! Why did they leave me? What did I do to make them leave me? Why did they throw me in the garbage?” Nothing I said could soothe his troubled mind, so I decided to just spend some time close by so he wouldn’t feel so alone. I also let him know that I too was discarded in the past, but everything changed once I was swept up in The Capture. I told him that no matter how scary things are right now, life would only get better from here on out.
As I know from My own experience of transitioning from the world without walls into the safety of The Promised Land, Thomas still has a long road ahead of him. The first 24 hours were very sketchy as his fear nearly overwhelmed him, but he is now calm enough that he is eating and he is using his litter box like a pro. I will do My best to help him with his transition and I am excited to find out what role he will take on as the newest member of My inner circle. Most of all, I can’t wait to discover his True Spirit. Wish us luck, My Disciples, and purr for Thomas to let go of his fear and embrace his new life in The Promised Land.
So Sayeth Otis