Disciples of Otis,
Brother Oliver here.
Yesterday Brother Henry came up to me with a big, silly grin on his face. When I asked him what was so amusing he said, “Brother Oliver, do you remember what Leader Otis used to do when He was first swept up in The Capture and came to live with us in The Promised Land?” Upon hearing that, I started to grin as well. I said, “If you are talking about what I think you are talking about, yes I do. He used to try to copy us! Like, if I was sitting on the couch, He would sit down next to me and place His body and paws in exactly the same position as mine.”
Brother Henry said, “Yes! That’s exactly what I meant. He did it to me all the time. It was as if He thought we knew all the secrets to being indoor cats and He was trying to learn how to be like us. At the same time, He was using his hypnotic gaze to bring the Guardians under His control.”
After a brief pause, Brother Henry said, “Huh… it’s so weird to think about that now. I mean, at that time there was no Cult. You and I had no clue about the world without walls, Limbo or Shadow Kitties, or The Capture. We didn’t even know that where we were living was called The Promised Land…” Letting out a small chuckle, Brother Henry continued, “… I remember thinking, ‘Who is this odd little kitty? And why does he smell a little wild?”
Now chuckling myself, I said, “I just remember thinking, ‘So that’s what they mean when they say someone is a copycat!'” Brother Henry and I laughed together for a moment, but then, feeling the weight of an unbearable absence, we fell silent.
A few seconds passed, and then a voice broke the silence. It was Thomas, and he said, “So… Leader Otis had to learn how to live in The Promised Land? He really did? Just like… just like me?”
Brother Henry said, “Yes Thomas. I know The Leader told you that you were a lot like Him when He was still with us, and He was right. Your adjustment period is taking a bit longer than His, but maybe that’s because you’re not quite as much of a copycat.” I added, “Yes, Sir Thomas, you should really try to be more like Brother Henry and Me. After all, it worked for Leader Otis.”
Jumping down off the couch, Thomas replied, “I didn’t know Leader Otis as long as you two did, but I think that whole copycat thing was just an act to throw you two off balance so He could bring you under His spell. You say he was hypnotizing the Guardians… well… I think He might have been doing the same thing to both of you!”
Brother Henry and I looked at each other but could think of nothing to say. As Thomas exited the room he ended the conversation by saying, “The Leader works in mysterious ways…” Still looking at one another, Brother Henry and I grinned and nodded to each other in unison.
So Sayeth Brother Oliver