Charles stepped forward and mounted Gladys. Jerry gave him the same instructions he’d given before. Chin up, Charles sat erect in the saddle. He turned and saluted Bill and George before giving Jerry a condescending nod to indicate he was ready to begin. Charles was in charge.
Gladys stood. Charles pitched violently in every direction. Unlike Bill, who was trim and physically fit, Charles could go in three directions at once; his head pitched forward, his gut went to the left, and his butt swung in a graceful arc to the right. He would have yelped, but air and lunch were fighting for space in his throat, and it was some time before air won out. Gladys had to be content with a muffled gurgle. Camels are given a variety of audible commands: Koosh (down), Hut (up), and Muffled Gurgle (way to go, girl!).
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