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Here Be Monsters! An Adventure Involving Magic, Trolls, and Other Creatures; The Ratbridge Chronicles Volume 1 Chapter 28

By Alan Snow

Chapter 28

The Police

  • The Ratbridge Police are a hot mess. They ride bicycles with wheels that are many-sided rather than circular, leading to squeaks of pain when the bicycles bump along on the roads.
  • Because of this, the police are known as Squeakers. Better than Squealers, right?
  • The Squeakers show up on the path leading to the pirate ship, and Snatcher tells the Chief Squeaker that they were just attacked.
  • Before the police can arrest anyone, though, Willbury says that he's a lawyer and a circuit judge, which makes them hesitate.
  • Then Snatcher has a convo with the Chief, complete with weird catch phrases and funny hand gestures. Marjorie hypothesizes that they're both members of guilds that are like secret organizations with agreements in place.
  • Whatever they do, it works, and the police end up doing everything Snatcher says. They arrest Arthur for theft, and leave him (and his wings) in Snatcher's custody.