This morning I was sound asleep in a box when I was suddenly jarred awake by Brother Oliver’s raucous laughter. I opened My eyes to find him laughing right in My face. It was very disorienting!
With thinly veiled annoyance in My voice I said, “Brother Oliver… is there something you wanted to tell Me? Something amusing, perhaps?” Brother Oliver picked up on My annoyance immediately and got himself under control.
Brother Oliver said, “Oh. Sorry about waking you up like that, Leader Otis. It’s just that… well, it’s so funny!” When I asked him what was funny, Brother Oliver continued, “When I walked into the living room this morning Mama Cat was sleeping on the topmost observation deck of Super Outpost Tabby Tower. Thomas was lower down on the post on sentry duty. When I approached the post, Thomas said, ‘I am sorry Brother Oliver, but Her Majesty is resting. You will have to seek an audience with Her another time.’ He then returned to scanning the room as if he was expecting an attack at any moment.”
I looked at Brother Oliver with a puzzled expression and he said, “Don’t you get it, Leader Otis? Sir Thomas overheard our conversation the other day about Mama Cat being a queen. He didn’t understand that girl cats are called queens. He thinks that Mama Cat is THE Queen!” Then Brother Oliver started rolling around laughing again.
As Brother Oliver’s laughter started to subside, I said, “Brother Oliver… how can you be sure that Thomas isn’t right?” Brother Oliver said, “What? What do you mean?” And I said, “How do you know that Mama Cat isn’t The Queen? There have been many other Shadow and Limbo kitties that the Guardians have rehomed, but they brought Mama Cat in to My Domain, to live with us. Don’t you think that might mean there is something extra special about her?” I could tell that Brother Oliver’s mind was in a state of confusion now. He said, “Wait… are you saying she might really be The Queen? I…”
I finished My conversation with Brother O by saying, “I’m not saying she is or she isn’t, Brother Oliver. I’m just saying that, as you well know, there is more to us kitties than first meets the eye. What I will say though is, even if Mama Cat isn’t THE Queen, after 14 years in Limbo, she deserves to be treated like she is.”
Brother Oliver agreed with that, and he also said that he wouldn’t make fun of Thomas for believing Mama really was The Queen. I thanked him, and then rolled over to go back to sleep. As I drifted off, I thought I heard Thomas’s voice from the back hallway saying, “Make way for The Queen!”
So Sayeth Otis