“Look what I found! It's so cute! I'm keeping him!”
Tiv'ekk cringed, wondering what new horror his human companion, Ailish, had found to be“cute”.
Several months ago, she'd insisted the Emperor of Thruaun was the “cutest thing she'd ever seen” and proceeded to ask the imposing furred biped if she could pet him.
Apparently, she wasn't the first human to do so because the Emperor had chittered in a cheerful manner and allowed her to stroke his large fuzzy ears.
The Emperor then went on to say that it was now a custom when meeting new humans to let them pet his ruff or stroke his ears because it seemed to lessen their fears. He said the humans said that he reminded them of “muscular tabby striped Totoro”, whatever that meant.
Tiv'ekk bared his teeth, what humans called “a smile” and was used to show happiness, and sometimes, he had noted, nervousness, the latter of which he was feeling right now. He too