Disciples of Otis,
Brother Oliver here.
The Guardians have given us some mysterious Catsmas gifts in years past, but this year’s gift caused even more debate than usual among the Inner Circle. What was this strange object? And what was its ultimate purpose?
I discovered the gift first, and I initially thought it might just be a super posing bench or something. But as I looked closer, I noticed that it was shaped unlike any posing bench we had received in the past.
This object was shaped almost like the symbol for infinity! As my eyes followed its curves, I muttered to myself, “Could this be some kind of ‘Bench of Infinite Poses’?” Just as I completed my sentence, Brother Henry leapt upon the object. He must have overheard what I had said because as he landed he said, “Nope! It is ‘The Bench of Infinite Scratching!!!” He then started to scratch madly at the surface of the object.
As he scratched, Brother Henry said, “See, Brother Oliver! I can scratch here…”, and then turning around he continued, “…and here! You can scratch pretty much anywhere on this thing! The scratching possibilities are endless!” Suddenly, Brother Henry and I heard Thomas’s voice calling from the back of the house. He said, “Hey! What are you guys doing in there!?”
As Sir Thomas entered the living room he said, “Whoa! That thing is cool!” He then walked over to check it out. As he did so, Brother Henry said, “That’s right, sir Thomas. It’s The Bench of Infinite Scratching, and it IS really cool!” I still wasn’t convinced. I laid down on my side to see if I could get a look at the underside of the object. I thought maybe there was a label on the bottom or something.
As I was investigating the undercarriage of the object, Brother Henry looked down and said, “Hmmmm… wait a second…” Sir Thomas said, “What? What do you see?” And Brother Henry replied, “I think I may have just discovered what kind of bench this really is! Everyone stand back! I want to show you something!” Thomas and I backed away to give Brother Henry some space. We then waited to see what he had just discovered.
So Sayeth Brother Oliver
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