That`s correct, Archimedes nodded, confirming the mouse`s comment about an owl`s eyesight. It comes in pretty useful in an a hunter`s lifestyle as well.
The owl send an odd look Basil`s way as the rodent spoke of his thoughts of the life with Merlin.
Magic that can blow you up any minute, Looking after a crazy old man`s insane students. Facing dangerous creatures that may use you as a toothpick, he added to Basil`s list, his voice dripping with dry sarcasm.
Yes exciting indeed, no wonder i`ve been loosing feathers lately.
The owl looked challenging at the mouse, I bet you wouldn`t last a three days as the wizard`s "pet." he snorted.
Basil answered with a derisive snort. "I, sir, am no human's pet. "
"However, to be Merlin's associate...well, that would be a different story."
"I can see where it might be rather a challenge to some animals," he continued with a meaningful glance that was intended to sting, "but we mice are justly proud of our resiliance and adaptability. We don't shirk at danger as some creatures do."
Neither am i, though some loves to think othervise, Archimedes replied to basil`s pet comment, obviously referring to Merlin.
Next second the tip of his beak were inches from the mouse`s face, you little.. the owl hooted threateningly. I am sure you mice are amazing creatures, he spat out. Though i sense little experience with magic within you.
I`d be glad to carry your tiny little self to your own funeral after you`ve found yourself in the victim`s end of some magical accident or foul creature. Do you accept the challenge? he reached out his wing, still looking like he`d just eaten a lemon. Insulted by his own lunch! how dare he?
Be glad you don`t find yourself with an apple in your mouth on my silver platter, the grumpy owl added muttering.
Alas, what began as a friendly meeting was ending on quite a different note.
Basil did not move so much as a hair upon finding that deadly beak in his face. On the contrary, he stood impassively, hands clasped behind his back, throughout Archimedes' rant.
I sense little experience with magic within you
"Indeed, I have none. Neither have I a fear of the unknown."
If Basil read the owl's character aright, Archimedes was quarrelsome and easily offended. But he would not, the detective judged, turn on a creature whom he had befriended. Thus, Basil had no qualms that he would carry out his gastronomic threat.
On the other hand, the mouse's honour was at stake. Perhaps the honour of mice everywhere. Basil had great confidence in Merlin's abilities, not to mention his own.
"Sir, I accept the challenge." And he gave the outstretched feather a solemn shake.
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