By Diana Wynne Jones
Whilst Mig and Chris visit stick with nice Aunt Maria within the claustrophobic city of Cranberry-on-Sea, Chris falls so foul of his nice aunt that he is changed into a wolf, and Mig has unforeseen assist in her dramatic bid to avoid wasting him. The author's different books contain "Archer's Goon".
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I hadn’t seen her from behind because the car had high backs to the seats, like gravestones – just like ours again. She had a pouting mouth and cared-for dyed hair. In fact, she looked so exactly like I always imagined Verena Bland that Dad went away with, that the most awful suspicions went through my mind. My heart hammered even harder, and I went nearer – or I tried to. But I found I was sort of bending down, with a hand on each knee, in a most peculiar way. If you walk like that it’s even more peculiar.
It was lying on my pillow looking even more than usually like a pyjama case. It looked calmly back at me. ’ Mum called. ’ called Aunt Maria. ‘And a sprat on a mat where I spat,’ says Chris on the stairs listening in. ’ yells Aunt Maria. By this time I’d got the giggles and Mum was looking tragic and misused. I said hurriedly that the cat was probably exactly like Lavinia. Mum relaxed. Chris went to bed and Aunt Maria went back to sleep. ’ I said. Mum was in bed and so was the cat by then. We shall have to buy some flea powder.
I’ll go back for it. You take the cat food and wait in the main square. I seem to remember this picturesque little dump has a café there. ’ Which shows that Mum is a fairly human saint. But cat food weighs a ton. When I got to the main square I put it on the steps of the war memorial and wandered about. The café was shut. Of course. So I went down the street Mum was most likely to come to the square by so that I could wave and save her the journey when I saw her. And instead I saw a car parked by the chemist.
Black Maria by Diana Wynne Jones