Brother Henry has tightened security around here after he received what he says were, “Threats of a non-specific nature…”. I asked if he could elaborate on that and he just said, “No, Leader Otis. I have no specifics to offer.” So I don’t really know what all this is about, but Brother Henry won’t let Me out of his sight. When I was napping yesterday in My Outdoor Domain, he stayed right there with Me the whole time.
Later, when I moved to My alternate napping box in the living room, Brother Henry took up a position on Security Outpost Tabby Tower behind Me. This would have been fine, except Brother Henry insisted on giving Me constant reports. Every few minutes he would say, “I don’t know what time it is but all’s clear!” It made it a little difficult to nap.
Eventually Brother Oliver came wandering in to see what was going on. He said, “Hey Leader Otis! What’s with all the reports from Brother Henry?” I replied, “No idea, Brother O. He says he received some ‘non-specific threats’ so he is being extra vigilant. Do you know what he’s talking about?” Brother Oliver looked at Brother Henry and shook his head. He said, “Yep. but I don’t know what it has to do with You…”
Brother Oliver continued, “Brother Henry was following Mama Cat around again this morning, trying his hardest to convince her to like him. I overheard her telling him to back off or he wouldn’t like what happened. I’m pretty sure that was the non-specific threat he received… again though, I have no idea what that has to do with you…”
Suddenly a voice said, “It’s a distraction, Brother Oliver. He is obsessed with winning M’Lady’s friendship. The only way he can prevent himself from pursuing that goal is to find something else to occupy his mind.” Brother Oliver and I looked over to see Thomas sitting on top of the curtains on the low bench under the front window. Neither of us had any idea where he had come from.
I said, “Really Sir Thomas? That’s what he’s doing?” Thomas replied, “Well, to be honest, that is what he told me he is doing, but I actually think he is doing something else.” When Brother Oliver asked, “What’s that?” Thomas said, “I think he is trying to impress M’Lady with his vigilance. The reports he keeps shouting out are for her ears, Leader Otis, not yours.”
Brother Oliver and I looked at each other with identical smirks on our faces. Of course! It all made sense now. I turned to thank Thomas for his insight, but he was gone. In that instant, I thought I heard a whispered voice trailing off in the direction of the kitchen. I think it said, “The Shadow sheds some light…”, but I must have just been imagining things.
So Sayeth Otis