For those of you who are not familiar with our four characters (ref yesterday’s Post):
Odessa – A barn owl who is somewhat outspoken, quite well educated, and can be quite critical of the others.
Jaxon – A jackalope with some precarious magical powers. A very laid back individual.
Dewey – A cat who rarely thinks beyond eating and sleeping, unless it is to have a laugh at the Man-Servant’s expense… and sometimes at Odessa!
The Man-Servant – A human, with all the imperfections that humans have. He actually believes that he runs Moonbeam Farm (poor delusional human)!
Regardless of their differing personalities, they are all friends… and take their friendship very seriously.
There was the familiar whoosh whoosh sound as Odessa flew down from her roof beam, and landed on the floor very close to Jaxon. “Where are the others?” she asked. Jaxon just shook his head. “I told them to be here for an important meeting at 7:00pm this evening.”
Odessa paced around for a few minutes and, turning sharply to Jaxon said “Did you make it clear that I wanted this meeting?” Jaxon smiled inwardly. “Of course I did,” he said. Just then, the barn door squeaked open and the Man-Servant walked in. “What’s up guys?” he said looking from Odessa to Jaxon, and back to Odessa. Odessa just glared at him. “You’re late!” she said. “Do you have no respect for other folk’s time? By the way, where’s Dewey?”
The Man-Servant looked around him. “I don’t see him here Odessa.” Then he turned to Jaxon. “Have you seen Dewey?” Jaxon shook his head. “Well,” said the Man-Servant. “I think we can conclude that Dewey is not here!” Odessa was getting a little more agitated. “I know very well where he isn’t. I need to know where he is!” The Man-Servant smiled at Jaxon. “Well Odessa,” he said. “We would have to find him in order to know where he is!”
At that moment, they saw Dewey just coming around the partially open barn door. Odessa looked straight at him. “You are late for my meeting!” she said. Dewey just stretched out, flexed his claws and yawned. “So?” He then continued. “What’s so important about this meeting? Anyway, I‘m here now so let’s get this show on the road. I have some nocturnal hunting planned for tonight. By the way Odessa, why aren’t you out hunting now anyway? Frightened of missing your own meeting?”
Odessa didn’t blink, but just stared at Dewey “Are all cats as uncooperative as you?” she asked. Dewey stretched and yawned again. “Are all owls as demanding as you?” he replied. Odessa turned her back on Dewey with a “Hrummph!”
The Man-Servant decided to get things under control. “Odessa,” he said. “You called this meeting and we are all here. What’s up?” Odessa just looked at all three of them. “Do you know that all our adventures have been documented? Did you know that we have been monitored by Carolyn and Colin?”
All three of them looked at Odessa with puzzled faces. The Man-Servant spoke first. “I don’t fully understand what you are saying Odessa. Perhaps you could explain it in more detail?” Odessa did a few circles on the barn floor, and then suddenly looked even more agitated. “Well… Carolyn and Colin are making arrangements to have our adventures published in a book! How can they do that?”
Jaxon looked at her. “Well,” he said. “Given that they both create our adventures, I for one am not surprised and, in fact, am rather excited!” Odessa went over to Jaxon. “Don’t you think that our privacy should have been considered? Don’t you think that we should have been asked first?” The Man-Servant intervened. “Look Odessa… not only do they write our adventures, but they are also writing this discussion. Whatever they decide will happen to us, is going to happen to us! We would not exist without them!”
Dewey stretched, flexed his claws and yawned. “So is that it then? Is there any other business?” Odessa walked over to him. “Do you understand anything that I said?” Dewey grinned “I understand perfectly Odessa. I understand that none of us would have lives without those two writers, and that includes the almighty Odessa!”
“Wait a minute,” said Jaxon. “That means that our adventures will make some people happy as they read about us. That means that we might become celebrities. Just think Odessa, people might want our autographs!”
The Man-Servant was also smiling now. “Yes, our adventures will be available for anybody to read and enjoy. What a wonderful purpose we will be serving. Are you still unhappy about it Odessa?” Odessa just flew up and onto her roof beam. “I didn’t understand that I could be a celebrity!”
Jaxon then made an announcement. “Look here guys. While you have all been going around in circles with this thing, I have been using my magic to see what else I could find out.” “What else did you find out Jaxon?” asked the Man-Servant. “Well,” said Jaxon. “Our adventures are being put into a book which should be released later this year, and will be available from major bookstores and on-line from Amazon.
The Man-Servant looked at Jaxon. “Colin told you to say that didn’t he?” “Yes!” said Jaxon. Odessa, who was still up on her roof beam, turned her back on all of them. Dewey looked up at her. “Odessa… you do realize that Colin just made you turn around don’t you? You really have no power to do anything. You’re just going to be an odd character in an odd book. Congratulations!” The Man-Servant laughed. “Yes congratulations to all of us, because we’re going to be in a book!”