Welcome to the first week of North! Or Be Eaten! I picked the following excerpt for the delicious onomatopoeic leaf sounds. Every time I read it, I can hear them.
His thoughts were interrupted by a strange sound in the forest.
Janner peered into the trees, wondering if it was his imagination. After weeks in Glipwood Forest, he had come to recognize the shriek of the cave blat, the gribbit of the bumpy digtoad, the horrible moo of the toothy cow, and the wail of the horned hound. Peet had even taught Janner and his siblings about the various birds that sang in the boughs and how to tell which ones were hostile, which were mischievous, and which were singing dirges for fellow birds that had been gobbled by a gulpswallow.
But this sound was different. It was almost human. Janner took quick stock of his family to be sure everyone was present, and to his increasing alarm, all were.
“Shh!” Janner clamped a hand over Tink’s mouth. “Hear that?”
“Mmmf,” Tink replied.
The sound got louder, now accompanied by the faint kshhh-kshhh of snapping twigs and brush trampled underfoot. Podo and Nia heard it too. They all stood, heads turned, listening. Nugget whined and paced back and forth until Leeli hushed him.
Finally, the voice echoing through the timbers grew near enough that the words became clear.
“IN THE WORDS OF UBINIOUS THE WHOONED, ‘RUN, IGIBYS! IF YOU’RE OUT THERE, RUN! THEY’RE COMING!’”
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