They're up in the big net, which is kind of like a massive spider web made out of rope and vines.
From there, they can see everything: the kids climbing on and off the web; the adults going in and out of Ben's house, where his mother serves everyone drinks and dessert.
Ben explains how things work on the compound: They grow what they eat (veggies) and buy basic things like milk, flour, clothes, and such.
Everyone on the compound is kind of like family, and they're all mostly related, although some aren't. They've also been on the Mound for a really long time, as far back as Ben's grandmother's childhood.
Lurhetta totally fits in with everyone on the Mound, especially the kids.
M.C. doesn't like it, though, and he decides to get off the web.
The other two follow and they go to Mrs. Killburn's house.
Mrs. Killburn feeds them sweet potato pie so yummy that M.C. can't resist.
The whole place is peaceful, and Mrs. Killburn is super-nice; plus, there's this cute baby who totally charms M.C.
Then Mr. Killburn comes home, which makes M.C. tense up.
But not Lurhetta.
She totally opens up to Mr. Killburn and Mr. Killburn cheerfully explains their philosophy toward the land and vegetables: They don't believe in ownership and they're not into killing for meat (a.k.a. they're the opposite of M.C.).
Lurhetta's in awe.
Then they go to a barn, where they meet Ben's grandmother (whom M.C. thinks looks "ugly" and "witchy").
She's just sitting in the barn, rolling cabbage leaves.
M.C.'s uncomfortable and tells them that he needs to go skin the rabbit, which starts the Killburns in on how they don't kill animals.
M.C. challenges them about their pro-animal rights stance, but they just kind of laugh at him.
Instead, they charm Lurhetta into holding a green grass snake.
M.C. decides to go skin his rabbit, while Lurhetta stays behind with Ben and the Killburns.
On his way out, Grandma Killburn gives him a whole cabbage, but M.C.'s so bothered by his visit that he tosses the thing once he's away from the Mound.
When he gets to the rabbit, he notices that the rabbit looks different from when he left it.
The feet have all been cut off.
M.C. is totally disgusted that anyone (he thinks it's the Killburns) would cut off the rabbit's feet.
He goes home alone, holding the rabbit like a baby and thinking that he'll make the best rabbit stew Lurhetta's ever tasted.