Death held out a hand. "I want," he said, "a book about the dangerous creatures of Fourecks–"
Albert looked up and dived for cover, receiving only mild bruising because he had the foresight to curl into a ball.
After a while Death, his voice a little muffled, said: "Albert, I would be so grateful if you could give me a hand here."
Albert scrambled up and puled at some of the huge volumes, finally dislodging enough of them to allow his master to clamber free.
"Hmm..." Death picked up a book at random and read the cover. "Dangerous Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Jellyfish, Insects, Spiders, Crustaceans, Grasses, Trees, Mosses, and Lichens of Terror Incognita," he read. His gaze moved down the spine. "Volume 29C," he added. "Oh. Part three, I see."
He glanced up at the listening shelves.
"Possibly it would be simpler if I asked for a list of the harmless creatures of the aforesaid continent?"
"It would appear that–"
"No, wait, master. Here it comes."
Albert pointed to something white zigzagging lazily through the air. Finally Death reached up and caught the single sheet of paper.
He read it carefully and then turned it over briefly just in case anything was written on the other side.