Me: Stella? Hello?
Stella: Huh? What?
Me: It’s time to help with Tiger.
Stella: Excuse me. I am watching the Picture Box. Hellooo…
Me: What about the whole “I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges” thing?
Stella: That only pops up when I am not on vacation. What’s the problem?
Me: Tiger doesn’t want to go out because it is dark.
Me: She needs to go out at least to potty.
Stella: Don’t you think she knows that?
Me: But she is letting her fear of the dark control her.
Stella: You are the human. You are in charge. I am watching TV.
Me: Oh, great.
Stella: She won’t listen to me anyway. Watch. Hey, Tiger, you are being dumb. Go outside and pee.
Tiger: Shut up, you! You’re not the boss of me!
Stella: See? She doesn’t listen to me. She just wants to fight. You’re on your own, Lady Human.
Me: All right. Tiger, go out.
Me: Tiger, go out now.
Tiger: No way. I’m not going out there.
Me: Why not?
Tiger: It’s dark. I don’t know what’s out there.
Me: The same thing that was out there this afternoon.
Tiger: How do I know that?
Me: Take my word for it.
Tiger: Well…hmm…nope. How do I know it’s the same out there? How do I know that ugly monsters aren’t lurking out there in the shadows?
Me: Oh, all right. I’ll go out in front of you and I’ll stay outside until you are ready to come back in.
Me: Yes, follow me.
Tiger: All right…Promise you won’t leave me.
Me: I won’t. I’ll be right over here. Can you see me?
Tiger: No, but I hear your voice. I can hear you breathing. I can tell by your scent that you are there. You won’t leave me?
Me: Nope. I’m right here until you come home.
Tiger: That’s all right then. The dark isn’t so dark when you are there.
Me: Are you ready to go back inside?
Me: Let’s go in the house then.
Stella: Great! Can everybody hush now so I can finish watching my show? No one has any respect for television anymore.
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