Yes, I know those are rats in the picture, not gerbils. Have you ever tried to find a Creative Commons-licensed photo of two gerbils?
And yes, I could have just changed them to rats in the story, but gerbils seem more exotic. It's the name, I suppose. GERBIL. JURR-BULL. Strange burrowing creatures from Pandora. Or Arrakis. Yeah, that's the ticket!
I really should go to sleep now.
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