Late that afternoon, all the monsters were in the wooded area between the lake and the creepers, except Kandi.
Koda spoke to the monsters. “I’ll take the center, and the rest of you spread to either side of me about ten yards apart from each other. Karrie, you take the end of the right side, and Kalvin, you take the end of the left side. That will put Kalvin the closest to the cliffs and his sister. The queen will head for the lake once the fighting begins. We can’t allow her to enter the lake.”
“How about the queen and her drones—are their teeth poisonous?” Kalvin asked.
“Their bite is somewhat poisonous,” answered Koda. “But it’s not as dangerous to kudzu monsters as it is to the animals. When we attack, we’ll go in a V formation. I’ll take the point of the formation. On my right will be Karl, Karen, and Karrie. On my left will be Kleatus, Kitty, Kokamo, and Kalvin. If the creepers get behind us, close the V and form a circle.”
While Koda was speaking, a creeper scout spotted them and sounded an alarm. Shrill squeals sounded from dozens of creepers. A minute later, there was complete silence. Kalvin didn’t hear a bird whistle or a cricket chirp. All he heard was the wind rustling the tree leaves. Then the queen rose up in the thicket and issued a loud shriek. A hundred and fifty creepers began to surge toward the lake and the kudzu monsters.
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