As Brothers Oliver and Henry told you yesterday, The Guardians finally let us in to see Thomas. The meeting was a lot less pleasant than it could have been, thanks to Brother Oliver, but it was good to speak with Thomas none-the-less. I found Thomas sleeping behind the curtain hidey place in Kitty Valhalla. As I peeked in on him he raised his head and said, “Hi Leader Otith! Ewwwww! Whath that thmell?”
I was a little taken aback at first, both because Brother Oliver’s stank had just hit Me and because Thomas seemed to be having difficulty talking. I said, “Thomas! Are you OK!? We heard you were infected with canine and that it had to be extracted! Is that true?” Thomas replied, “Thath thort of true Leader Otith. I wathn’t infected with canine though. One of my canine teef wath infected and they exthracted it from my mouf at The Bat Plathe. Thee, take a look.” He then opened his mouth and I could see that one of the teeth that I call the “Fangs of Fury” was missing.
I turned away as Thomas showed Me his missing tooth, because his mouth still looked swollen and ouchy. No wonder he was having trouble pronouncing his words. He closed his mouth and said, “Yeth, I know…ith hard to look at. It feelth better than it did though.” I asked him why he called his missing fang a “canine tooth”, and he said, “Thath what the Guardianth and the peopleth at the Bat Plathe were calling it. It theemed thrange, but I thought that maybe they knew thumbthing I dithn’t.”
I thought about this for a moment and said, “No, I don’t think they were confused at The Bad Place. I was pretty freaked out when we were there, but I distinctly remember the smell of dog hanging strongly in the air. I think that The Bad Place people were being manipulated by agents of the long-feared dog uprising. The dogs made them call your tooth a canine to try to scare The Brothers and Me into believing that cat’s could become infected with dog. It was an attempt to use psychological warfare. This is a troubling development.”
What troubled Me even more was that it was the Guardians that Brother Oliver had overheard saying Thomas had a canine extracted. They had undoubtedly been given this information at The Bad Place, but why hadn’t they questioned it? Why hadn’t they corrected The Bad Place people and told them that it was a Fang of Fury? I trust the Guardians, but I will be watching them closely in the days to come.
I decided not to discuss the matter any further with Thomas. He is still healing, and he didn’t need any more stress than that with which he was already dealing. I jumped up on the shelf above him and we chatted a bit about what had been happening in the past few days. Then I looked down and noticed the catnip banana.
I said, “Thomas…is that yours?” Meekly he replied, “Yeth…ith mine. I know catnip bananath are dangeroth Leader Otith, but…well…my toof and my ballth really hurt. The banana makth me feel better…” That’s when I remembered that not only had Thomas had a tooth removed, he had also been neutered. I said, “Thomas, I understand. We’ve all been there My friend. You do whatever you need to do to feel better.” And Thomas said, “Thankth Leader Otith…by the way…could you bring me thumb ithe?”
So Sayeth Otis