Disciples of Otis,
Brother Oliver here.
I walked into the living room a few days ago and Brother Henry called me over to him. He motioned to the couch and said, “Brother O! Check this out!” When I looked in the direction Brother Henry had indicated, I saw Thomas sitting on the ottoman at the end of the couch. He was sitting just a few inches away from the smaller Guardian and he was staring at her!
I asked Brother Henry what he thought was going on and he said, “I’m not entirely sure, but I think the kid is going through some changes. I didn’t tell you what happened last night, did I?” When I told Brother Henry that he had not he said, “Well, I was napping on the couch and the smaller Guardian was sitting at the far end with that white blanket that we sometimes let her borrow. I was suddenly awakened when the couch shook as someone else jumped onto it. I opened my eye just a crack and I saw that it was Thomas. He was sitting on the couch right next to the Guardian! Her legs were covered by the white blanket, and Thomas was almost leaning up against one of them!”
I gasped, almost unable to believe what I was hearing. I said, “Do you think Thomas realized the Guardian was there?” Brother Henry replied, “I wondered the same thing, so I calmly said to him, ‘Thomas… do you know you are right next to the Guardian’s leg?’, and he looked over at the Guardian and said, ‘Yes, Brother Henry, I know.’ He then just continued to sit there!”
My mind still reeling a bit from this news, I turned to Brother Henry and said, “Hmmmm… you know, I’ve noticed that Sir T has been allowing both Guardians to pet and brush him at his special spot on the back stairs recently. He used to only let one of them pet or brush him, once in the morning and once in the evening. Now he’s letting both of them do it at almost any time of day!” Brother Henry said, “I’ve noticed that too! He really does seem to be changing recently. What do you think it all means, Brother Oliver?” I said, “Well, my guess is that Sir Thomas is finally starting to slay some of his most persistent inner demons. He’s been with us here in The Promised Land for over two years now and he’s finally starting to realize he’s here to stay… we are finally starting to see it…” Brother Henry said, “Ahhhhh… I think you’re right… we’re finally starting to see more of his True Spirit shine through!”
Brother Henry and I looked a Thomas for a few more moments, and then we turned to one another and shared a smile. We both felt very proud of our resident knight and the bravery he was exhibiting. As Brother Henry and I turned to leave the room he said, “Hmmm… do you think this means he might also be letting go of his fear of wiener dogs?” Barely containing my laughter I replied, “Not a chance…”
So Sayeth Brother Oliver