"Still, this is a bit uncomfortable. You Humans are so inefficient I cou-"
Slowly, smoothly, Lawrence brought his lips to Horo's and silenced her. He didn't mind her wordplay, pranks, or drunken tirades during the day, but tonight he wanted something more. He was going to get it, too. His constant surprise attacks left Horo vulnerable. He had complete control over the situation for the foreseeable future. His position was as sound as a merchant could hope for.
Finally, after what seemed to be hundreds of years, their lips parted. The wolf resumed her speech without missing a beat. An unexpected feat.
"-could howl. But I'll give you the benefit of doubt this time. Show me what you've got...Lawrence" said Horo, replacing her startled face with a more recognizable one to the merchant, replete with trademark toothy grin and twitch of tail.