Disciples of Otis,
Brother Oliver here. Brother Henry has been moping around ever since he failed to convince Mama Cat that she should really be his friend. I found him sitting outside in The Leader’s Outdoor Domain today, and he looked like a very sad kitty. I laid down next to him and tried to console him. I told him that I was having difficulty making friends with Mama too, but that she had only just started mingling with us and it might take time. He seemed too caught up in his self-pity to allow me to console him.
Then I thought of something. I said, “Brother Henry! Remember how Thomas used to always hiss at us whenever we got too close? It took him several months to agree to be our friend, and now the two of you keep everyone up half the night chasing each other all around the house! You two are practically best buds!” Brother Henry looked at me as if I had just dropped a big piece of freeze-dried chicken in front of him. he said, “You’re right, Brother Oliver! Thomas and I are such good friends now that I had totally forgotten about that! I’m going to go try again!” He then got up and ran back inside. I shouted after him saying, “No, Brother Henry, maybe you should just give her a little space…” but I don’t think he heard Me.
I moved over closer to the door to see if I could hear what was going on inside, and Sir Thomas came strolling out and sat down where Brother Henry and I had just been laying. He said, “Hey Brother Oliver. Anything happening out here?”
I told Thomas about the conversation I had just had with Brother Henry, and about Brother Henry running inside to continue to try to convince Mama Cat to be his friend. Thomas said, “Oh boy… do you think he needs backup?” I replied, “Yes, Sir Thomas, I do think he needs backup, but between you, me and Leader Otis, there isn’t enough backup in the house to withstand the will of Mama Cat.” Thomas chuckled at that and said, “Yes. M’Lady has proven to be quite a force to be reckoned with now that she is with us in The Promised Land.” He then paused for a moment before saying, ” Ummmm… do you think she is going to hurt Brother Henry?” I chuckled myself and replied, “Only his ego, Sir Thomas… only his ego.” We then glanced at each other, before we both burst out laughing together.
So Sayeth Oliver