The camels failed to make us centaurs, we are merely evil-smelling bags of rags sadly cast on the backs of ill-jointed, foul creatures of little nobility or humour which may not last the journey. They are in lack of the carriage of saddle-horses left behind, in the past, and the heavy-lidded, vacant stare does not encourage faith in their heart, blast their eyes. I fear the animal beneath me has little stomach for the trip ahead and seeks to rest at any opportunity, spitting at the task before us, poorly armed for the test we face. There is indolence even…

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