At some point in every cat owner's life, they wonder whether their beloved kitty has been possessed. What else are you supposed to think when you wake up at 3 a.m. with Colonel Flufferton perched on your chest, staring unblinkingly at your neck? In the latest "Dear David" January update, that idea doesn't seem so far-fetched. In the early morning on Jan. 28, nearly two weeks after author and illustrator Adam Ellis' last update in the viral saga, he tweeted a video of his cat turning to face the camera. That was it — no caption, no sound except the cat's meows. Naturally, "Dear David" fans have turned to the only reasonable explanation: possession.
Throughout January, Ellis, whom you may know from BuzzFeed when he's not chronicling his adventures with the lumpy-headed ghost child of his nightmares, has been reporting an... unusual state of mind. On Jan. 2, he tweeted that he had been dreaming about David, culminating in a night when the ghost kiddo "plummeted downward" into Ellis' chest. Two weeks later, he surfaced again to say the dreams had stopped, but he was losing whole chunks of time without realizing it. He also claimed to have unknowingly posted a glitchy (read: creepy AF) photo to his Instagram Story. Basically, the scene is set for a good, old-fashioned possession story line.
On Jan. 28, the saga continued with an additional player: Ellis' cat, Maxwell. At 4:17 a.m., he posted a 33-second video of the cat. Taken from floor-level, it shows Maxwell staring at a spot on the wall and meowing intermittently. At the end of the clip, he shuffles around to eye the camera.
The comments section exploded as people speculated why Ellis would post such an eerie video with no explanation. The general consensus? Whether it was Ellis, Maxwell, or both, someone was possessed.
"Does [Ellis] even know he tweeted this... DID HE TWEET THIS?" asked one user. Another replied that when he's giving a Dear David update, Ellis usually tweets fairly quickly, so she's "nervous for him."
Several people seemed certain that David, that dear, crumple-headed ragamuffin, was the one who had posted the video through Ellis. (Or maybe David got a phone and figured out Ellis' security questions to hack his Twitter. I wouldn't be surprised if the undead use wifi, too.)
The general consensus? As always, something spooky is afoot in Ellis' home.
"Dear David" followers may recognize Maxwell from his previous cameos in the ongoing saga. Back in August, when this all began, Ellis tweeted that his cats didn't seem to be adjusting well to the new apartment. After feeling like there was movement on the other side of his front door, he noticed that the kitties seemed "unnerved" even though nothing was there.
On Aug. 8, he tweeted a photo of a cat who appears to be Maxwell staring at the front door at midnight... for the sixth time in a row.
If only Ellis could move apartments, right? Not so fast. Remember that Jan. 2 update I mentioned above? The Twitter thread makes it clear that David can (and will) follow him wherever he goes. While Ellis was in Montana to visit family for the holidays, he felt energized at first. Unfortunately, it was short-lived. After a few days, Ellis "started to feel strange again" and claimed to find child-sized footprints in the snow outside his bathroom window.
Back in New York, he started dreaming about David again, which brings us back to that fateful night when the ghost dropped on him from above. Clearly, apartment hunting isn't the solution to Ellis' troubles. The only problem? Nobody seems to know what the real solution is. To follow more "Dear David" updates, you can follow Ellis on Twitter. To read it from the very beginning, head over to Storify.