James And The Giant Peach

written by Sona

James' parents died and he was adopted by his gruesome aunts. How does he escape?

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Chapter Twenty One

Chapter 21
‘Why, it’s absolutely brilliant!’ cried the Old-Green-Grasshopper when James had explained his plan.
‘The boy’s a genius!’ the Centipede announced. ‘Now I can keep my boots on after all.’
‘Oh, I shall be pecked to death!’ wailed the poor Earthworm.
‘Of course you won‘t.’
‘I will, I know I will! And I won’t even be able to see them coming at me because I have no eyes!’
James went over and put an arm gently round the Earthworm’s shoulders. ‘I won’t let them touch you,’ he said. ‘I promise I won‘t. But we‘ve got to hurry! Look down there!’
There were more sharks than ever now around the peach. The water was boiling with them. There must have been ninety or a hundred at least. And to the travellers up on top, it certainly seemed as though the peach were sinking lower and lower into the water.
‘Action stations!’ James shouted. ‘Jump to it! There’s not a moment to lose!’ He was the captain now, and everyone knew it. They would do whatever he told them.

‘All hands below deck except Earthworm!’ he ordered.
‘Yes, yes!’ they said eagerly as they scuttled into the tunnel entrance. ‘Gome on! Let’s hurry!’
‘And you – Centipede!’ James shouted. ‘Hop downstairs and get that Silkworm to work at once! Tell her to spin as she’s never spun before! Our lives depend upon it! And the same applies to you, Miss Spider! Hurry on down! Start spinning.’
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