Estimated read-aloud timing: 5 minutes.
(Have you read Chapter 6, part 1: Downtheback yet? If not, we recommend starting this adventure there.)
Flapjax fixed his ivy hat and grabbed his bow and arrows from where they had landed after his dive from the railroad tracks, and he followed the voices of the neighbor boys to a fort in the middle of the island.
There was Libby, sitting on a cut-up log on the side of the fort. She was busily drawing away on her notepad. Flapjax smiled. It was just like Libby to be focused on her mission while captive.
The neighbor boys were busy gathering sticks along the edge of the water. Flapjax didn’t know what the sticks were for, but he didn’t want to stay to find out. He crawled over to the fort then tip-toed around, edging along the side of the little fort until he was right behind Libby. He pulled out one of his arrows and gently tapped Libby’s back with the end of the stick. She screeched and jumped, turning around in all directions to find her foe.
“Flapjax!! What are you doing here?” She looked at Flapjax’s muddy face and her eyes grew very large. “You are filthy! Mom is going to flip out!”
Flapjax put his paw to his lips and pointed toward where the neighbor boys were playing beside the water.
“Are you here to rescue me?” Libby asked with a crooked smile. “You’re so brave, Flapjax!”
Flapjax stood up a little taller, proud of his accomplishment.
“But we can’t escape…they have weapons! We’ll be shot!
Flapjax grabbed dirt from the ground around him and threw it at Libby, covering her with mud and bits of leaves. Good, now she was camouflaged too!
“FLAPJAX! What are you doing? Now I’m going to be in trouble, too!”
First Flapjax needed to get them off the island and away from the enemy boys, then he would worry about what his punishment would be. (He was sure it would involve a bath at the very least…)