Disciples of Otis,
Brother Henry here. I was sitting on the couch when one of the Guardians took the phone call. I could tell right away that it was The Bad Place calling to report Mama Cat’s test results. I sat very still and listened, putting on my game face and preparing myself for whatever news might come.
Then I heard the Guardian say in a cheerful voice, “So everything’s negative?”, and I exhaled in relief, realizing only in doing so that I had been holding my breath. The Guardian thanked the good people at The Bad Place and then headed off to share the news with the other Guardian. When the Guardian exited the room, Thomas popped out from under the couch and jumped up on the far end. He looked at me with a shocked expression and said, “Negative? Oh no… no, no, no… I can’t believe it, Brother Henry. How will we ever tell Mama Cat that her test results were bad?”
It took me a second to realize that Thomas didn’t understand that “negative” was actually a positive thing when it came to test results. I said, “Sir Thomas, you’re a little confused. You see, ‘negative’ means Mama doesn’t have any of the diseases they tested her for. It means, other than her eye, Mama is healthy!” Thomas’s shocked expression first changed to one of relief, and then pure joy. He stood up on the end of the couch and did a very animated happy dance while singing a song that he made up on the spot. The words were, “NEGATIVE! NEGATIVE! NEGATIVE! M’Lady is NEGATIVE! NEGATIVE! NEGATIVE!”
While Thomas celebrated, I ran over to the door and said, “Mama! Can you hear me!? You’re negative!” Mama’s voice came back from the other side of the door. She said, “Thanks Brother Henry, but Sir Thomas already reached me loud and clear with that message! I’m in here doing a little celebration of my own. Did you know there was an amazingly potent catnip toy hiding under the bookshelf in here!” I thought for a moment and then remembered that several months ago I had stashed one of the catnip toys sent to us by Disciple Claudine under the bookshelf. I had forgotten where I put it, but I was glad Mama Cat had found it for her celebration.
I left Mama to partake of her nip, and Thomas to continue his happy dance on the couch, and I headed off to give Brother Oliver and Leader Otis the good news. To tell you the truth, I started singing Thomas’s song myself as I left. The tune was very catchy!
So Says Brother Henry