When we left off, Junior Agent T had just asked Senior Agent H about the forward observation platform on the Security Outpost Tabby Tower. Ummm… yeah. Anyway, Thomas asked Brother Henry if agents would be vulnerable to attack on the platform and Brother Henry said, “Let’s just see about that, Junior Agent T!” Brother Henry then climbed up onto the platform and told Thomas to try to attack him from below. Thomas got all excited and asked, “Can I pretend I’m a wiener dog!?” Brother Henry replied, “No, Junior Agent T, you may not pretend you are a wiener dog. Wiener dogs are strictly ground attack troops… now try to attack!” Thomas complied and Brother Henry bopped him on the head.
After bopping Thomas on the head, Brother Henry said, “See, Junior Agent T! from this position my defenses are nearly impenetrable!” Upon hearing this, Thomas got a little gleam in his eye. Moving quickly, he jumped up onto the box nearby shouting, “BUT WHAT IF THE WIENER DOG DOES THIS!!!” Staying completely cool and calm, Brother Henry swung forward and gently but firmly grabbed Thomas by the scruff with his mouth. Through a mouthful of fur he said, “Thin ah wah do thith!” Thomas was pinned and could advance no further.
I could tell that Thomas was impressed. He said, “OK Agent H, I see your point. Do you mind if I try sitting on the platform now and you pretend that you are the wiener dog?” Brother Henry, obviously annoyed now, said, “Yes, you can try it Junior Agent T, but I’m not going to be a wiener dog!” Brother Henry then jumped down off the platform, and Thomas took his place.
Brother Henry said, “Alright, now I’m going to try to attack you from below, you try to counterattack when you are able, but just stay on top of the platform and let it take the brunt of my blows.” Brother Henry then launched a massive, Paws of Fury style assault from below. Thomas just sat and looked at him, but I also heard him mutter, “That is one mean looking wiener dog…”
After several minutes of flailing from below, Brother Henry made a fast move up onto the nearby box, putting himself face to face with Thomas. He brought one mighty paw down on the platform next to Thomas. Thomas reared back, half-heartedly raising one paw as if he was hesitant to counterattack.
Brother Henry said, “Junior Agent T! What are you doing! Why have you not launched a counterattack to stop my advance!?” Thomas replied, “I wasn’t about to put my paw out there where it might get bitten off by a crazy wiener dog!” Exasperated, Brother Henry said, “What is this obsession you have with wiener dogs!?” Receiving no answer from Thomas, Brother Henry let out a sigh and said, “OK, Junior Agent T, that’s enough for now. Over the next day or two I would like you to practice getting up and down this tower as quickly as possible. If the LFDU does come to pass, you will need to be able to climb this thing without even thinking. Now I’m off to patrol The Leader’s Indoor Domain.
As Brother Henry jumped down, Thomas said in a near-whisper, “Are you patrolling for wiener dogs?”, but Brother Henry pretended he didn’t hear it.
So Sayeth Otis
Tomorrow- Thomas’s Tabby Tower Training: Part III