Unexpectedly a sound caught my attention from among the shadows of a vine cluster.
“Pssst,” came the sound.
Cursing my curiosity I reluctantly walked towards the shadows. A large shadowy outline in the shape of a dog stood before me. A deep voice issued from the silhouette.
“Are you Christopher? I thought it was you I spotted earlier talking to that old fool.”
Suddenly the figure emerged from the shadows and towered over me. It was Leo the champion gladiator.
“I want to offer you a rare opportunity,” he said. “I want to offer you independence. You exert your energy to try and bring about change for the common animal and what has it gotten you? Nothing but grief. What you fail to realize is that the game is fixed. It doesn’t even matter which side you choose. They will take from you all that you have to give and then they will throw you away.”
At once I remembered what the old St Bernard had said to me about my personality and the type of attention I attract.
“And what type of independence can you secure me?” I asked.
“I can offer you keys to a world that exists beyond the realms of nature,” the boxer replied. “The rules that apply to other animals wont apply to you. You will be able to go wherever you want and have whatever you want.”
“And what would I have to do in order to receive these keys?” I asked suspiciously.
Leo’s eyes widened and he smiled.
“I’ll start you off distributing nip and we’ll see how you do. Once you prove yourself, the sky is the limit.”
To his dismay I turned to walk away.
“No thanks. I’d rather be part of the solution than a part of the problem.”
He was taken aback.
“Wait!” the boxer exclaimed.
Laughing he reached out his paw.
“I underestimated you. You’re not like any of the other animals I have working for me.”
He then paused and began staring at me in a strange and intense manner.
“I want to offer you a partnership,” he said finally. “I currently own all of the breeding houses in Lumpenproleteria and a majority stake in the coliseum. I believe that you and I are the same. We see beyond what appears on the surface of society. It’s not about the material things. It’s about knowing the truth and rising above it. It’s about recognizing that those of the upper classes, who smile and praise you to your face, secretly despise you. It’s about having the ability to smile in the faces of those who look up to you and see you as a role model while at the same time secretly despising them for their inability to see things as clearly as we do. Join me Christopher. Let’s build an empire together.”
Again the boxer extended his paw with confidence that this time I would grip it. To his astonishment I refused his offer.
“You and I are nothing alike. You claim not to care about being despised by the upper classes as long as you have fame and fortune but I don’t think this is true. I think secretly you believe that they are justified in despising you. How could they do any less when you despise yourself?”
As I was saying these words the dog began to gnash his teeth and his eyes began to become bloodshot. I noticed this with alarm but I wasn’t quite finished with him. I continued.
“You have the nerve to despise those poor ignorant animals that look up to you? They are ten times the animal you pretend to be. Their biggest blunder is that they deceive themselves into seeing you as a role model instead of seeing you for what you really are and that’s…”
That’s as far as I got before the infuriated canine exploded after me barking uncontrollably. “I must have hit a nerve,” I thought as I ran for my life out of the dangerous area. After doubling back and making a number of turns I finally hid under a pile of dry leaves. I could hear my pursuer run furiously past my hiding place. I resolved to remain there undetected until I could catch my breath. After a long period of stillness I emerged from my hiding place and discovered that I was not too far away from The Lumpenproleterian Valley.
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