William went to give his new friend a hug, but then backed away.
“What’s wrong?” asked Spike.
“I wanted to give you a hug to make you feel better, but I am not sure how
to get past all your prickles.”
Spike laughed again.
“They’re not actually called ‘prickles’ you know. They are
called ‘spines’. Do you know I have more than five thousand to protect me and
every year they are replaced by new ones so they stay nice and sharp.”