Part 23: Offer of Friendship ©

Today peace was made in the land of Suburbia! It all happened this morning when Mom unexpectedly decided to take me outside the portal. She said we needed to get something called “fresh air” and then led me by the hand towards the portal. Realizing that we were headed to where Ellie and Squirt would be waiting, I quickly snatched the ball and tucked it safely in my arm. As soon as we crossed the threshold I wriggled out of Mom’s grip and began looking for Ellie and Squirt to appear. Suddenly they came zipping from behind and were soon standing right in front of me. I expected to be greeted with their customary hostility but all I saw in their faces was a giddy, almost pleading sort of expression as they stared at the ball in my hands. I held the ball firmly and began my offer of friendship. “My dear Ellie and Squirt” I said eloquently “I know we have long been enemies but today I extend an offer of friendship. I will give you this ball in exchange for you relinquishing your mind control over Mom and Dad and ceasing your attempts to infiltrate my domain. Are we agreed?” Both dogs cocked their heads thoughtfully and then the white one spoke in a soft voice “We once dwelt in the domain that you now possess but when your transporter capsule arrived we were sent to live out here with no one to play with. It is not the ball we desire but a person who will play with us so if you will agree to do that then we will be most delighted to live in peace and meet your demands.” The Grand Ma was right! It was playtime that they wanted! “Very well,” I said, hiding my happiness “I will play with you and we shall be friends from this day on.” At that, the dogs bowed low and wagged their tails as I raised the ball over my head to toss it into the green space behind them. We played for what seemed like an eternity before Mom finally said it was time to go back inside the portal. She had an amused smile on her face and I knew it had to be because she was finally free from the mind control. At last success was mine and my domain was free!

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Part 22: Negotiations ©

Well, after much debate I finally resolved to give The Grand Ma’s advice a try. Of course, I didn’t think it would work but being out of all other options, I decided to make an attempt yesterday afternoon. I was being supervised by Dad and since he had previously attempted to arrange peace negotiations, I decided to enlist his assistance. I picked up a ball of suitable size and color, walked towards the portal and indicated my desire to go outside with my usual grunting and tapping techniques. It took a while but he finally opened the door and escorted me outside. As soon as I was past the portal I stood to face the direction of Ellie and Squirt’s lair. Then with all the super strength I could muster I called them out by name. They slowly approached and stared at me as I griped the ball in my hands. In a leap of faith, I lifted the ball and tossed it into the green space in front of them and when I did something amazing happened! The look in their eyes went from savage defiance to almost delightful submission! Their tales began to wag, a silly sort of smile tugged at their mouths and they followed the ball as if it had cast some sort of spell over them. Could it be? Was victory finally mine? I watched and waited. The two dogs tussled over the ball for a moment and then the brown one known as Ellie finally clutched it in her mouth and brought it back to me. She laid it at my feet and bowed low as if she was overwhelmed by my super awesomeness. I picked up the ball and tossed it again. Again they ran and brought it back even more excited than the first time. This was unbelievable! I could not decide whether it was the game or the ball itself that was causing these once evil creatures to become almost delightful, but I was determined to find out. However, just as I was about to initiate a conversation, Dad scooped me up and escorted me back inside the portal for feeding time. Not to worry. It was a most successful encounter and apparently I now possess the most powerful weapons of all… time to play and a ball to play with. Perhaps The Grand Ma was right and I am finally on the verge of victory!