Disciples of Otis,
Brother Oliver here. When we left off yesterday, I had just instigated an encounter between Mama Cat and me. I am trying to teach her that, now that she is in The Promised Land, she is no longer in constant danger of attack from other desperate Limbo or Shadow kitties. I know that if I push her a little, she will see, after repeated, non-violent encounters that she really is safe. So, after I jumped up on the cat tree to elicit a reaction from Mama, I showed her that I was not going to react as she expected me to.
After Mama yelled at me, telling me not to attack her, I immediately looked out the window. I said, “No one is going to attack you Mama. I just want to look out the window.” Mama Cat slowly turned and began to walk away.
As Mama Cat walked away, I heard her talking under her breath. She said, “I don’t know what this mancat is up to, but I’m sure he’s going to attack. They always do…” Mama Cat kept her ears cocked back in my direction as she walked. She was staying alert for any signs of movement on my part.
Mama Cat reached the far end of the bench and then sat down so she was facing me. She was in a defensive position with her back to the wall.
I sat down and continued to look out the window. I said, “I’m being honest when I say I’m not going to attack you Mama Cat. You are in The Promised Land now. We all have all the food, water, safety, and love that we need. We have no reason to fight with one another. I pose no more threat to you than that cup of Guardian fuel you are sitting next to.”
Mama Cat looked at the cup next to her and said, “Guardian fuel… I wondered why they drink this stuff all the time…” Then she said, “I really want to believe you, Brother Oliver, but it’s hard. I was constantly attacked by Zephyr, Stanley, and other random mancats out there in Limbo. I have trouble trusting any of you…”
I completely understood Mama Cat’s hesitation to trust us. Still, I know she trusted Leader Otis, Brother Henry, Sir Thomas and me when we had the walls of our Outdoor Domain separating us from her. I am confident that we can earn her trust again now that she is with us in The Promised Land. And with my next action, I tried to show her that I was worthy of trust.
So Sayeth Brother Oliver
Tomorrow- Pushing Mama’s Boundaries Part III: Resolution
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