Go on. Try not to bawl when Climbs Quickly and Stephanie face down a hexapuma — a single treecat and a badly injured twelve-year-old with a small knife facing down a deadly predator that outweighs both of them combined by a margin of two to one — believing that Bright Water Clan will arrive too late to save them. They don't.
Climbs Quickly reflects on the huge wildfires that occasionally sweep through the Sphinx forests:
Narrator: Memories of fleeing masses of the People racing ahead of the hungry tongues of flame, of the mind-screams of those who could not run fast enough, of mothers who would not leave their kittens, these and more flooded into Climbs Quickly and made his heart beat fast.