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Mason has been into football for a long time. A really long time. He first became interested in the sport when he caught it on TV around the tender age of five—although, in Mason’s case, “tender” may not be the best description!

“I just don’t want a geeky animal,” I said.

My father sighed and stirred the scrambled eggs. “There are no geeky animals, Julia. Each of the animal spirits is—”

“—equally powerful in its own way,” I finished.

“I know. I memorized it for finals last year.”