[Gnomes] had a built-in resistance to rules. This didn’t just apply to the law, but to all the invisible rules that most people obeyed unthinkingly, like “Do not attempt to eat this giraffe” or “Do not head-butt people in the ankle just because they won’t give you a chip.”
Imagine your OTP on a terrible first date: Person A thinks it’s a good idea to go to the zoo with B, but a giraffe nearly eats B’s hair. When they are allowed to pet the bunnies, one urinates all over B’s new shirt and A gets bitten in their finger.
After a band aid with dinosaur patterns and a bought “I love lions”-tee, A apologises for troubling B, getting interrupted by B’s mouth mid-sentence. They start to make out in front of the penguins until one of those throws a fish at them and person A is just so done with their life.