When I created Demetrius, I had expected to have lots of scenes where he would gesture and use other visual/physical things, but his role in the series so far has rarely brought those opportunities. I was happy to have a chance to do some charades here.

I had included extremely subtle hints of Scurry being in the room in previous pages. (Flint’s backpack is open on page CXVI and Scurry’s tail is seen as he jumps down the hole in page CXX.) The hints were practically insignificant by design. I worried that if I made them more obvious, astute readers would notice them and the surprise would be blown.

I should have included a joke about dust bunnies somewhere. Those lower bookshelves must be full of them.