Rinpoche Makes the Ultimate Sacrifice

The Cult of the Cats: Part 4

“Rinpoche, why are you caterwauling like a banshee?”

“I told Prophet Mumbo Jumbo you would not allow me to give him my new bed, and he has demanded The Ultimate Sacrifice of me. Oh, woe, woe!”

“What sacrifice?”

“Daddi, I must leave the family I love. The Wondrous One has demanded that I follow him into the wilderness and never return to my home again!”

“This is nonsense, Rinpoche! You don’t have to do this.”

“I do, but it’s really hard. I’ll miss you so much… Goodbye, Daddi!”

“Wait, Rinpoche! Come back…!”


“You’re home, Rinpoche! Thank goodness! Mummi and I have been so worried about you.”

“You’ll never believe what’s happened, Daddi! When I got to our usual Cult of the Cats meeting place, there was no sign of Prophet Mumbo Jumbo. Some of the other paw-maidens had been waiting for several hours for him.”

“Did he eventually arrive?”

“No, Daddi. I waited for five hours with the other paw-maidens. Then Dylan, that new cat from Wales, happened to pass by and he gave us some very interesting news.”

“What was that?”

“It turns out that Mumbo Jumbo is not a real prophet at all, and he doesn’t come from the Far East. He’s from Wales, like Dylan, and his real name is Taffy. He used to be a well-known cat burglar who broke into people’s homes and stole their food. When he moved to Gloucestershire, he started The Cult of the Cats as a way of getting his paw-maidens to do his stealing for him. And now he’s disappeared with all our Precious Things! I’ve been such a fool, Daddi!”

“Look on the bright side, Rinpoche. This means that now you don’t have to worry about the Dark Dog Days – he made all that stuff up. And you won’t have to leave your home and family. Come and watch TV with Mummi and me. I’ve seen an interesting new ad for a food bowl you might like.”

“Could I watch in my nice comfortable bed?”

“Of course, Rinpoche!”

The End.

(Read Part 3 here)  

 Coming soon: The Odd-dizzy: Part 1




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