Warning: Contains Spoilers!
There were no words in her clumsy rat vocabulary to describe her first sight of the stars, but tears brimmed in her eyes and she held her breath.
Aufwader’s Thoughts: My favourite moment in this chapter is when Fleabee has that confrontation with the mallard, and Rancid Alf just kind of looks on, knowing that his daughter is saving his skin, but not how. It’s almost as if there’s something supernatural around Fleabee, especially when Alf later says that he doesn’t understand her and never will. As much as her parents always go on about her being an embarrassment, there’s a kind of respect there; an idea that Fleabee might be more than merely odd, that she is different for a reason. Let’s see where that takes us!
Matt’s Thoughts: You’ve got to feel sorry for the local wildlife in Jarvis books. We had foxes being picked off in Hagwood and now a troupe of rats having a go at a duck.
However, it all worked out well in the end – just – for the duck. It is also the turning point for Fleabee where we can tell there’s no way she’s going to follow in her parents’ footsteps…