Because Pest still felt a bit shy around everyone else, he and Variq were playing quietly together somewhere in the house. The toys of choice for the night were the Pinkys.
Ferrahn settled down by them and Vahri looked at Pest as if asking him whether it was okay. Pest nodded slightly, remembering Razkil's gentle reminder not to make Ferrahn angry. He'd said Ferrahn's toy would be gone for a while and the cat wasn't happy about it. So they weren't supposed to make him any more annoyed than he already was. Ferrahn didn't seem to be annoyed at the moment, but still, Pest edged nearer to Variq.
Pest and Variq shared another look. But both of them waited for Ferrahn to come back with Miraj. When he did, he immediately set him up before the small Pinkys.
"All right, so here's a giant coming across the tiny Pinkys' path. What will the small tiny little boys do??"
"Look, the giant is kneeling down in front of them. Is he going to attack?"
"The Pinkys are worried, of course!" Pest said quickly. "They've never met a giant before! (And worse, a scary-looking giant!)"
"There you go. Giant-Boy here knocks down a couple and takes one for his own. Now, what are the others going to do?"
"The others are thinking of a plan to rescue their friend!" Pest nodded to himself. "They're thinking."
Pest puts forward two Pinkys. "These two are going to be the brave ones. They're going to fight the bad mean Giant, and demand that he give their friend back. (It's something Brig would do.)"
Variq took Venn the worried-looking Pinky and hid him behind Pest's braver ones.
Ferrahn shook his head. "Look here, kid; hiding isn't going to solve anything. You have to have some guts some of the time."
"They are going to fight the Giant," he said quietly.
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