Book 2: The Visitor, Chapters 22-23
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OH GOOD, we are starting the chapter with a detailed description of Visser Three’s new morph. Descriptions of V3 being Extra is all I ever want from life.
He’s twenty feet tall, with three legs, each the size of a redwood tree, but for some reason a tiny human-sized head. Also he has huge hands with which he’s casually ripping up chunks of cement. Which should probably be scary but I’m too busy imagining his tiny human head on his giant redwood-sized rock-like body, and giggling up a storm. Oh, V3, I’m not sure you thought this one all the way through.
Rachel, still cat-form, is not as amused as I am. She runs and dodges and jumps, trying to escape V3 and his concrete-destruction.
Somewhere in the background, Cassie and/or Marco are ripping shit up with the earthmovers. One of them just straight-up rams the construction vehicle into one of the guard spaceships, which explodes. V3 gets distracted with yelling at his entourage about how their job description does not involve letting ships get blown up.
Rachel: Still running, along the top of a wall now, but finally Tobias turns up and swoops to evacuate her from the vicinity of V3’s angry hands and tiny head. He grabs her with his claws and just about manages to fly her into a stand of trees nearby before he has to drop her because his hawk-form was not intended to carry entire cats around.
Rachel morphs back into human as soon as she’s safely hidden in the woods, just in the nick of time. (Probably. Who knows precisely what time it is? I feel like these kids would do well to figure out some better method of timekeeping given their limitations. Surely one could buckle a tiny watch onto Tobias’ leg or something?)
At any rate: Happy ending, sort of! Rachel’s safely in the trees with Tobias, and Tobias reports that everyone else is also okay, if somewhat singed from the whole “exploding spaceship” thing.
Which all seems great except there’s another chapter to this book. So either V3’s about to have a really great temper tantrum and threaten to eat people some more, or maybe we’re going to go out on a nice contemplative note. Let’s find out.
It’s gymnastics class time for Rachel, a couple of days after her near-brush with V3. Melissa is there and to all appearances not Yeerk-infested. She finds a note in her locker that Rachel’s left there, assuring her anonymously that her father loves her very much even if he doesn’t act like it lately.
Melissa apparently perks up a bit, perhaps finding that comforting. I have to say that in Melissa’s shoes I think I might find that more weird/disconcerting than comforting? But to each their own, I guess. It’s nice that Melissa seems happy.
Rachel meets up with the Animorphs after class so they can do a little debrief on their recent adventures. They decide they haven’t done so badly for themselves, having destroyed one of V3’s fighter/guard ships and having managed to avoid getting eaten.
Warm round of pats on the back for all, good job kids, maybe take a couple more days off before you go toe to toe with Actual Cat Lady Project Manager Visser Three again, okay?
Next up: Book Three, The Encounter. I suppose it is too much to hope that this will be a nice quiet book where all the children go to class and make their beds and no one gets threatened with death or brain-parasites or anything.
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