I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
"Yes, thank you, good mother. Can you take animals on the barge?"
"Ma'am, it's an expensive beast and we would rather not leave it back in town in these trying times," Michael says in way of answer. "Thank you for understanding."She thinks for a moment and then nods her head. "Yes. I believe your beast can make it across. The current here is not bad. It can make it without too much of an effort. I would probably remove everything from it so that can cross unencumbered." Then she pauses for a moment. "What are you planning on doing that you need such an animal over there?"