For the past 24 hours I have been very busy acting as a feline liaison between the Guardians and Thomas. He has calmed down quite a bit, but he is still gripped by fear whenever the Guardians enter his space in Kitty Valhalla. He has taken to hiding in the corner behind the tunnel, but this morning I was able to help one of the Guardians engage him in play. I started by telling him that that the Guardian meant him no harm. He just peeked out from behind the tunnel and said, “I doubt it!”
I meowed at the Guardian, and she grabbed a feather toy. I gave her an excited look and she began to dangle the toy in front of My face. I batted at it frantically. I then said, “See Thomas! This is fun!” he simply replied, “I doubt it!” But when the Guardian began to dangle the toy in front of him, Thomas perked up and took a few tentative swipes.
After taking a couple swipes at the toy, Thomas said, “This is kind of fun, Leader Otis, but I feel a little vulnerable. I still doubt that the Guardian has my best interests in mind. What if she just attacks me while I’m poking my head up to grab the feather?” I told him that nothing like that was going to happen but he just said, “I doubt it!”, and then disappeared behind the tunnel. A moment later his paw emerged from underneath the tunnel followed by his face. He said, “There, this feels safer. Now no one can attack me from above.”
I laid down and looked Thomas in the eyes. I said, “Thomas, I’m sitting right here next to the Guardian. I trust her. She is not going to do anything bad to Me or to you.” Again Thomas replied, “I doubt it!”, but he proceeded to bat at the feather toy when the Guardian offered it to him.
Thomas played for several minutes before retreating again behind the tunnel. The Guardian then left and scooted Me out of Kitty Valhalla as well. I stayed just outside the door though to have a few more words with Thomas. When the Guardian was downstairs, Thomas jumped up onto the bench in front of the window. It was good to see him come out of the darkness and into the light.
I said, “See Thomas? That wasn’t so bad, was it?” He tentatively said, “Errrr…no, not so bad…” I asked, “So, are you going to trust the Guardians now?”, to which he replied, “I doubt it!” He then jumped down and went back behind the tunnel. I sighed deeply, knowing that The Brothers, the Guardians and I were in for a long journey with this doubting Thomas. I also decided that I should probably wait until later to tell him what was going to be happening to his testicles. I didn’t think that knowledge would do anything to help alleviate his doubts about the Guardians and their intentions…
So Sayeth Otis