Reminds me of this quote from Hilary Mantel:
“You can be merry with [him], you can share a joke with him. But as Thomas More used to say, it’s like sporting with a tamed lion. You tousle its mane and pull its ears, but all the time you’re thinking, those claws, those claws, those claws.”
Although I suppose, in this case, fangs would be more appropriate But I think this game recreates the sentiment perfectly.
Congratulations on the good news about publication, @Elena_H I can’t wait to support your work when it comes out.