They walked out of the palace, into the courtyard, and James was handed back his weapons. He was in a fowl mood, and neglected to thank the child that brought them, instead immediately checking to see if anything had been done to them. His weapons were his life, and he wasn't about to anger the forest again by going in unprepared. Puss trotted over over to him, and he scratched him behind the ears. Puss didn't purr, just looked up with his grey green eyes. He didn't meow much either, and James liked it that way. Puss was a hunter, and meowing meant that he couldn't find any food.
"Hey," One of the guards yelled," Git! Shoo! That cat kept me up all night."
James laughed," This cat has more gith to be here than you."
The guard laughed," It's just a cat."
"No," James corrected, while walking to the stables," It's a cat the size of a goddamn dog. He fought off a grizzly bear last winter, and he could take on you, and all your girlfriends," He indicated the rest of the guards," He's a smart thing too. He can understnad what your saying, so keep you mouth shut, or he might just claw your eyes out in you sleep, just in spite," With that, he entered the stable door.
He picked a smaller mount, a horse that looked like it had seen its share of battle. It was about fourteen hands tall at the shoulder, not an impressive height, but it was powerfully muscled, and despite the scars it bore, it seemed to be quite calm.
"We need to get to where the knights are assembled," One of the guards said," We need to go there by horseback, if we intend to get there by nightfall."
"Thank you, my good man," James said laughing, while stroking the horse's mane," For stating the obvious. I'll take this one. He seems to be my type. No," He said to the stable boy," Don't saddle him. Just the lightest reins you have."
The guards eyed him oddly, and James said," We aren't going into battle, my friends. We are going for a nice trot through arguably the most dangerous forest in the world. You need to know your horse won't jump at the slightest sound. Horses are smart, and they know when danger is about."