Kaden had been so ready to besmirch the name of mushrooms, but then Cathal mentioned the neighbours dogs. "What kind of dogs?" he asked, in slightly guarded, cautiously interested tones.
He still loved dogs. He couldn't just stop loving dogs, even if sometimes, at night, he'd hear one howling at the edge of the neighbourhood and it'd awaken such a deep current of fear inside him and make him desperate to run. And what if Cathal's neighbours dogs were like that, and Kaden took one look at their teeth and lost his mind? But what if they were more like Hecuba, who was the person he missed more than anyone who was still alive?
And what if they were just dogs who needed a pat? And what if Kaden didn't get to pat them? What then??