Fitz is the three-legged bobcat that Maya helped return back to health. For Maya's sixteenth birthday her mother gave her some blueprints for a treehouse to be built for Fitz.

"I stood under the tree and glared up at the three-legged bobcat.

"I'm not getting you down. You're stuck until I get back from school. Maybe that'll teach you a lesson."

Fitz twisted to lick his flank.

"Not even listening to me, are you? Why do I bother?"

"Same question I ask myself every day," said a voice behind me. "It's good training for parenthood."'

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