They looked mostly human, but a few things were clearly more animal-like, such as the curved horn sprouting from each of their foreheads, their braided tails that looked like the tree trunk they appeared from, and two feet, that looked more horse hoof then human.
Dorothy used subtle body language toward Alice , communicating for her to take the lead, to ascertain if these three were friend or foe; but both of them looked around for the best escape route, if needed.
Dorothy shrugged her shoulders, as if to say , "what are you getting us into?" but stayed open-minded as Alice hand the middle one (probably the leader, or at least more outgoing of the three ) a small packet of food.
Then Alice turned to Dorothy, and simply explained, " they are the group of rhyme-timing guys, sweet and gentle as can be, if you approach them with with a rhyming gift when you meet them," and as if on cue, the three fierce looking horns disappeared from their foreheads.
With a shake of her body, Dorothy woke up. As usual in The Wonderous Land, chaos change had occurred. Where once was a forest, now stood what appeared to be an ancient and deserted city. As usual, Alice had awoken first and was concentrating on which way they needed to go.
Dorothy turned to Alice and said, " I had a weird dream," it was about everything that happened yesterday, but all jumbled and out of order from the moment we meet the rhyme timing guys," "Me too," said Alice, "that's just the side effect of the delicious tea."
Following dinner and a good night's sleep, Dorothy and Alice were eager to be on their way, since there was only one more known area to explore before attempting their travel through the worm hole left by the cat.
Dorothy admired the hand-carved, wooden cup, but even more so the fragrant tea it contained. She was somewhat of an expert on tea and as that old, familiar energy began to spread through her veins, she smiled to herself and whispered, "this is what we're fighting for."