Lori whimpered, trembling. She just wanted to get away. So of course this meant suddenly tripping backwards over a clump of dirt and sitting up only to see an enormous tree root rising high above her, blocking her path. She cringed away from the giant, eyes wide.

"Relax, cara beag. I said I will not hurt you.” He remained still and curious, peering at her. She appeared very, very frightened, and she was so small—he thought it best not to move.