The next morning dawned late because yesterday’s clouds had gathered in force during the night and promised rain, but that didn’t bother Robin; she was determined not to be a sheltered princess again, she was out with the first of them trying to learn about this harnessing business and the animals involved with it.
The first thing she did was walk up to one of the big cason and make her acquaintance the only way she could. Unknown to her, she happened to pick the most intolerant one in the bunch. When Frank noticed her feeling the beast all over from its heavy cat-shaped face that sported massive drooping horns, to its tailless backside; then from its wide back, down to each of its six, eighteen inch wide, six-clawed feet, he had to remind himself to remain calm as he moved to call her out of harm’s way. “Miss Robin, would you come with me please,” he said as he attempted to guide her clear.
“Oh, hello Frank,” she said cheerfully and gave the huge beast a hug around a neck she had no hope of reaching around. She whispered something into its ponderous ear that was almost as long as her entire arm.
Frank froze, he had visions of this cantankerous beast sweeping her off her feet with that huge head, then stepping on her, or kicking her aside in a bloody heap. But instead, it lowered its head and gently rubbed its nose against her, showing much more affection than Frank had ever seen; it looked like it was being extra careful of the fragile creature standing so close.
She stepped away and turned to Frank. “You wanted me for something, Frank.”
“Sorry miss, but cason can be very dangerous, and that one has always been particularly cantankerous. You were in danger.”