The Horses of Triflora have 4 legs. Some of the 2 legged Beings think they can just ride on the Horses’ Backs because of this.
I can tell you this. The Horses are not amused.
“Just because we have 4 legs and are amazingly strong and smart – well, that does not mean that any old Being can come along and use us as if we were public transport!”
Things are much more polite over at Nerissa’s well. Nobody would even think of just jumping onto the back of a SeaHorse and going for a ride.
When people come to visit, they bring their best manners with them.
Mac McNeil from the Highlands wears his finest clothes when he comes to Nerissa’s. He polishes his wings. He brushes his hair. And he BOWS a lot.
He does get nervous because some of the Mer People do not wear many clothes and up in the Highlands where he comes from, everyone wears plenty of clothes because its COLD.
Mac McNeil is especially polite when he sees Pechera. Pechera has settled down a lot lately and doesn’t mind doing all the important work she has to do.But she still likes the ordinary life best of all.
Mac McNeil has helped her a lot. Mac met Pechera when she was flying back from the Moon and he was flying about playing his bagpipes. Mac’s mother had told him that his playing sounded like a wolf howling at the moon. He thought that sounded rather wonderful so he took to flying about when the Moon was shining and playing his Pipes. The Highland Faeries are a wee bit unusual.
Well. On the night I was talking about, Pechera heard the noise of his ‘music’ while she was flying back from the Moon, conked out and crashed right into Mac McNeil. It gave him rather a fright but he dropped his Pipes and managed to catch her before she tumbled to the ground. Mac gently flew her down to the ground and when she woke they had a rather interesting conversation about almost everything they could think of. It turned out that both of them had important work to do.
But it also turned out that BOTH of them actually liked the ORDINARY LIFE best of all. They visit quite often now.
And one thing they never ever do, is jump onto the back of a horse and expect to be taken wherever they want to go.
The Horses have put this Poster up all around Triflora. It shows all the Body Parts of a typical Triflorian Horse.
The Horses hope it will make them seem more real to other Beings.
This is their new motto ;
A HORSE IS NOT A MACHINE.