Marie: Thank you both for meeting with me on such short notice. As you are aware, we have a dire situation that must be contained, and immediately.
Christopher: Situation? What situation?
Louis: She means the dog that Momma brought home.
Marie: I have repeatedly advised you, Louis, that the human is not our "momma", as you call her. She is in fact our staff and should be treated as such.
Louis: But she loves us. She calls us her fur babies and buys us furry mice and treats and fake milk.
Marie: She is merely doing that which is required of her. Now, to the business at hand—that dog the staff calls Liberty. We have wasted enough time already, so I shall state my position plainly: Liberty must be eliminated.
Christopher: Hunh? What does that mean?
Marie: Desperate times call for desperate measures, my simple-minded friend. We cats rule this house. Our hold over the heart and mind of our staff must not be diluted by the continued presence of this interloper.
Christopher: I still don't get it. Use little words, Marie.
Louis: She wants to kill the dog, Chrissie!
Christopher: Oh...that's so mean. Momma would not like that at all, not one little bit. She would be sad.
Louis: Yeah, can't we all just get along?
Marie: No! Compromise is not an option! We will not bow, we shall not break! Are we cats, or are we mice?!
Christopher: Well, I'm not really sure on that last part....
Louis: I think Liberty is nice. For a dog, I mean. We should give her a chance. Maybe we could all get together, the four of us, and share ideas on how to get along. Momma could mediate. I vote that we try aggressive diplomacy first, Marie. We should really work on building peace among us and violence should be our last resort.
Marie: Who are you, Jimmy Freakin' Carter?!
Louis: Hey, I like him. And I'm just sayin'...
Marie: Liberty is the Devil! The Devil Herself is right in this house!
Louis: Okay, Hugo Chavez. Whatever.
Christopher: Liberty's kibble tastes really yummy.
Marie: Fools! Imbeciles! I get nowhere with the two of you. I must take matters into my own paws!
To Be Continued