“By no means will I ever let you board a ship to sea again,” said Princess Pirouette to GarGar le comte des Deux Chats. “Never ever.”
GarGar laughed. “But a river barge is acceptable?”
Pirouette rolled her eyes. “Why do you always have to answer back with a question?”
GarGar kissed Pirouette’s hand, and then her lips. “I promise that I will obey you in all things, my Queen.”
“Ha! I’m not Queen yet!”
“You will be soon. The old King is sinking, sinking fast.”
“We must pray for him,” said the Princess gravely.