This is for GBE2 Prompt 53 “Pick a Line from a Book”
I picked a line from one of P.C. Hodgell’s Kencyr books. The original person speaking the line was not a large dog of indeterminate breed and unusual levels of sentience but a young noble who is an avid hunter. The poor boy keeps trying to kill critters the main character would prefer to be left unmolested.
“You never let me kill anything.” The Big Man was sulking in the corner on his sheepskin where he had been banished after his latest adventure. He was all curled up with his back pointedly turned in Sarah’s general direction. The dog had apparently decided to speak up since the silent treatment (punctuated by mournful sighs) was not working.
“I know–I am a terrible, terrible person,” Sarah said, looking up from the book she was reading. “Imagine me not wanting you to play Riki Tiki Tavi with a rattler. I’m so thoughtless!”
“It never would have got a fang in,” The Big Man whined. He rolled onto his back, the better to give her a pitiful look that hadn’t worked all that well when he was a puppy and didn’t work now that he was 130 lbs. of large black vaguely Shepherd-ish dog.
“You may be big and fast but there is more of you to potentially hit. You were basically playing rattler roulette.”