His family have turned against him, the cats' owner, the Contessa, appears to have died, a strange man has arrived with two even stranger black cats.
And now Varjak is outside, facing the two black cats with his grandfather, the Elder Paw. His grandfather is telling him to climb the wall, to go and get help.
We've been trying to understand the Varjak's feelings as he faces the biggest crisis in his life...
Thank you to Alan Peat and Year 4 at Leigh St Peter's for the exciting sentence idea!