Cricket is a female HiveWing dragonet and the main protagonist of The Hive Queen. She is the only confirmed non-royal dragon who is not subject to Queen Wasp's othermind control. She is currently flying across the sea from Pyrrhia on the journey to Pantala as one of the eleven selected representatives. She has romantic feelings for Blue.
Cricket has orange-gold scales that are speckled with black scales that look like tiny inkblots. She has golden-yellow talons, golden-orange wings, and warm, dark brown eyes. She is slightly smaller than Blue, with small, sharp claws similar to a leopard's and an open, curious face. She wears octagonal, gold-rimmed spectacles and a bag tied sideways across her chest. Blue noted that she smells like books and apples. Scarab notes that Cricket looks healthy.
Cricket prefers that everything fits together and makes sense, like the books that she reads. She relies on facts in books and reason to navigate the world around her. For this reason is very fond of nonfiction novels. She is often full of questions, and when she feels simultaneous fear and curiosity, curiosity often wins. Sundew describes her as like a wide open encyclopedia. She is hopeful, rebellious, excitable, curious, impulsive, stubborn, intelligent, patient, and clever. Cricket refuses to harm innocent dragons, and wants to know many things about the world around her. She sometimes feels awkward and out of step with other dragons, and finds conversation to be difficult, as she understands science more than she understands emotion. She cannot read facial expressions very well, and dislikes socializing, although she cares about other dragons.
The Lost Continent Prophecy
|The Lost Continent|
|Cricket made her first appearance when she helped Blue, a young SilkWing, by pulling him into a shed that was hidden from the eyes of the pursuing HiveWings. After being asked by a rather confused and scared Blue, Cricket admitted that, for an unknown reason, she could not be mind-controlled by Queen Wasp like the rest of her tribe was.
After escaping through tunnels located under the HiveWing school, Cricket brought Blue to an empty low-level library, where he began to feel dizzy. Cricket speculated that the HiveWings had probably injected him with a barb covered in sleeping toxin within his armband, most likely implemented to make him easier to capture. After Cricket burned off Blue's armband with a strand of flamesilk belonging to one of the library's lamps, he fell into a woozy sleep.
He woke up to Cricket's talons shaking him awake and voices echoing nearby. Cricket and Blue hid in the tunnels once again while three mind-controlled HiveWings searched the area; one of them was Cricket's mother, Katydid, and another was an arrogant dragon named Bombardier, who falsely believed that Cricket was madly in love with him. After the HiveWing trio had cleared the library, Cricket and Blue emerged into the light once more, where Cricket pulled a book off of a high shelf. From the book, they learned that if a SilkWing had one flamesilk parent, then they had a fifty percent chance of becoming a flamesilk as well. Leaving the library, Cricket led Blue through the school — she showed him her terrarium, where a little tree was growing in the middle. She explained that she had found its seed on one of her school gathering trips and that she hadn't known what it was until it started growing. Cricket then told Blue that Professor Earthworm, a teacher at the school, wanted her to uproot it and throw it away. Next, Cricket took Blue into an art room, where she began to paint him with a mixture of dull browns, reds, and dark blues to hide his vibrant and recognizable scales. They bonded a little in a moment where Cricket told Blue about how Principal Lubber scolded her for her chaotic yet beautiful art. "Cricket, why can't you just draw a normal blue blueberry like all the other dragonets?" Blue imitated Principal Lubber, making Cricket laugh, saying: "That's exactly what she sounds like!"
Once they were out of the school, Cricket agreed to help rescue Blue's friend Swordtail from Misbehaver's Way. They found him frozen to his pedestal in an angry position, as if he was trying to fight his way out of being paralyzed, but in vain. Cricket held a bubbling, green vial under Swordtail's nose to combat the HiveWing paralysis toxin, but the mixture also turned Swordtail‘s eyes and silk green, gave him extra strength, and made him a little loopy. After Swordtail smashed one of the rule tablets straight through the Hive's treestuff, Cricket decided it was time to go. Wrapping Blue's shoulders in a few strands of silk, Swordtail grabbed him and lifted off. They flew for most of the night, and by dawn, they were almost at the border of Wasp Hive. Eventually, they stopped and hid in a massive divot in the ground, flying to the bottom and down a tunnel, where they discovered a small pool of cold water. At the other end of the pool, they spotted a small campfire and a tiny, book-reading creature that resembled a monkey, presumably similar to Pyrrhia's scavengers. After the monkey creature was scared away by Cricket's voice, they lost interest, and Swordtail passed out near the fire, leaving Blue to take the first watch while Cricket slept. When night fell again, Swordtail tried to lift Blue but failed because the stimulant had worn off and there was none left. Cricket eventually came up with the idea for Blue to climb up the chasm with Swordtail's silk wrapped around him in case he slipped and fell. Near the top of the divot, Cricket and Blue eventually found a small cave, where they curled up together and Blue got some much-needed rest while Swordtail returned to the bottom of the divot. After the HiveWing parties had stopped searching near the hole, Swordtail flew on ahead while Cricket and Blue crawled through the savannah's tall grass.
When they finally crept into Wasp Hive, they hid in one of the queen's greenhouses. Unexpectedly, they were soon captured by three strange dragons — who, terrifyingly, turned out to be LeafWings, the supposedly cruel and deadly enemies of the HiveWings. The LeafWings introduced themselves as Sundew, Belladonna, and Hemlock. They explained that if Cricket, Blue, and Swordtail wanted to live, they would steal the Book of Clearsight and return it to them. Cricket's impulse was to leave once the LeafWings had let them go, but Belladonna sent Sundew with them to ensure the job got done. Disguising Sundew as a SilkWing, Hemlock rubbed flower juice on her scales to add more color. Belladonna also tied two makeshift wings made of leaves to Sundew's back, instructing her to keep her real ones folded to make them appear more realistic. While Swordtail stayed with Belladona and Hemlock, Cricket, Blue, and Sundew went out into the Hive to finish their task. Sundew gave Cricket a large flower, instructing her not to crush any part of it until she was close enough to the guards. Cricket held it under the noses of the two HiveWings guarding the entrance to Wasp Hive, leaving them unconscious but alive. Entering through two heavy wooden doors, they walked down a series of hallways until they were standing at the foot of the Temple.
Once inside, Blue and Sundew acted as Cricket's servants until Sundew got close enough to the guards to paralyze them. In the final room, Sundew was confronted by a dark voice, which turned out to be the Librarian's. After she ripped off her dark veil, Cricket realized the HiveWing's eyes were fully white — the unmistakable symbol of the queen's mind control. Sundew attacked the Librarian from her side, and the two fought while Blue picked up the bookcase key the Librarian had dropped and unlocked the container to steal the Book. After Sundew had broken the Librarian's arm, she speculated that enough pain would make the queen desert the HiveWing's mind for a while, because the queen felt everything that a dragon felt when she mind-controlled them. Sundew then directed Cricket to open a jar and shake a pair of bullet ants onto the Librarian's scales. After they bit her, the queen abandoned her control, and the Librarian's mind was her own for the first time in years. However, hundreds of brainwashed HiveWings were now surrounding the Temple with the intent to kill Cricket and Sundew and imprison Blue. The Librarian attempted to help them escape, but Wasp invaded her mind again, causing her to turn against her new companions. Cricket and Sundew were unable to help Blue as he fell into the waiting talons of the HiveWings and fled once Blue had thrown the Book of Clearsight into Cricket's talons.
After a few days trapped in the flamesilk factory, Blue felt talons brush him through a hole in the building's wall. These were Cricket's talons, and she appeared, accompanied by Sundew and Swordtail. After grabbing Luna — who had emerged from her cocoon — and trying to convince his father, Admiral, to go with them, Blue attempted to leave. However, Admiral refused to escape and tried to alert the watching HiveWing guards. Fortunately, Danaid, another of the imprisoned flamesilks, helped them by starting an argument that covered the noise of Admiral's warning. Knocking down the loose stones around the hole, Blue and Luna escaped with Cricket and the others down a series of tunnels. These led to another set of tunnels, built by the LeafWings, and took them all the way to the sea. When they emerged and saw the ocean, Cricket was ecstatic and began to express a hope at finding the Distant Kingdoms (the Pantalan name for Pyrrhia). Afterward, she showed the others what was written in the Book of Clearsight, including the fact that the last vision recorded took place over a thousand years before.Luna and Swordtail then decided to go for a flight, and Cricket stayed with Blue, discussing his metamorphosis and assuring him that it will be fine. Meanwhile, Luna and Swordtail were discovered by some HiveWing soldiers, and a fight started. As Sundew rushed to help, Cricket was left with Blue, who was about to start his metamorphosis. She guided him to a cave she found to hide in while he changed and stayed with him while he began to spin his cocoon, promising him that she will be right there "the whole time" and will be next to him when he wakes up, which she does.
|The Hive Queen|
|Cricket stood in the cave next to Blue in his cocoon, thinking about books and what her life was like before she met Blue. Sundew then entered the cave, dragging Swordtail with her. Cricket recalled Sundew's bravery and ferocity, along with the fact that she had insisted that they rescued Blue and Luna. She wondered if this was a form of kindness Sundew had hidden deep in her soul.
Cricket revived Swordtail with a plant Sundew gave her, and Swordtail immediately asked where Luna was. Both Cricket and Sundew had no idea, and they all seemed to wish she was there with them. When Swordtail noticed that Blue was a flamesilk, Sundew noted that Blue would be useful to burn down the Hives. Swordtail seemed to like the idea, but Cricket was firmly against this, and she knew Blue would be as well. Cricket argued that even HiveWings could be on their side, but none of them seemed to agree with this idea. Swordtail then revealed the Chrysalis, a secret organization of SilkWings who fought for freedom.
Cricket insisted on finding information before jumping into action, so they flew toward Jewel Hive to find out more about the Chrysalis and Queen Wasp's Hive Mind. First, however, they visited the Glitterbazaar to disguise themselves, making it easier to get into the Hive. They met up with three members of the Chrysalis, but they didn't seem to know much about taking down Queen Wasp quite like Sundew, Cricket, and Swordtail had hoped. But they did learn about how there was supposed to be a place full of dragons in Teste Hive, that were supposed to be immune to Wasp's mind control.
However, Cricket met up with her sister, Katydid, who questioned her about her theft of the Book of Clearsight. Katydid didn't seem to follow what she was saying, though she did reveal that she was in fact not Cricket's sister, and Scarab later said that her father was a HiveWing named Malachite, who, according to Lady Scarab, was "brilliant, talented, made excellent coffee, full of exciting ideas." Queen Wasp found out that Scarab was fond of him, so she had him "promoted" to work at her Hive, and he was probably forever condemned to her mind control. Scarab explained that she attempts to pretend she does not care so that one day Malachite would be free from the mind control. After Malachite's disappearance, Katydid crept Cricket's egg into the hatchery with a forged identity as Katydid's sister. Cricket also gets many answers on why her "mother" (who was her grandmother) hated her, and why Katydid was the one who always took care of her.
Cricket, Sundew, and Swordtail borrowed one of Lady Scarab's paintbrushes to create posters about Wasp and how she was lying to everyone. A lot of dragons seemed intrigued, and some of them seemed to believe the posters, but in the middle of her attempt, Cricket got caught by HiveWing guards. She was paralyzed, unable to say another word against the queen. The guards put her into a prison cell, where Lady Scarab and Jewel found her. Lady Jewel confirmed the theory that she is immune to Wasp's mind control, but once saw Wasp make other dragons submit to her control. Lady Jewel and Lady Scarab were fighting a lot, but it was revealed that the purpose Lady Jewel has a library is because of Queen Wasp's terrible school curriculum. Cricket heard that Queen Wasp was going into the hatchery that night, and Cricket decided to follow her to find the truth about her mind control.Cricket escaped from the cell by utilizing the flamesilk and burning a hole in the ceiling. Tau and Cinnabar help her escape (members of the Chrysalis she had met in the library). It is uncovered that Tau has a crush on a HiveWing who is Lady Jewel's treasurer, and by distracting him, Cinnabar helped Cricket escape moments before Queen Wasp arrived. After that, she crept into the hatchery and noticed an orphaned egg she sympathized, and took it with her as she hid in the rafters. She watched as Queen Wasp entered and proceeded to stab each egg with her tail stinger, marking each egg afterward. When Queen Wasp left, Cricket took the egg with her and rendezvoused with Blue, Swordtail, and Sundew. She camped with them outside Jewel Hive, and in the morning, the egg hatched. On the shell of the egg was an odorous green substance that Sundew said belonged to a plant in the greenhouse where she and Cricket first met — Queen Wasp's private greenhouse. They decided to go burn the greenhouse down, but as they did, they noticed Bloodworm Hive burning as well. Cricket convinced the others that the HiveWings were too busy with the destruction to worry about the greenhouse, so Blue used his flamesilk to burn it down. Once the greenhouse was burning, Blue, Swordtail, and Cricket left with Sundew to go to the Poison Jungle, home of the LeafWings.
|The Poison Jungle|
|Cricket had arrived along with Blue, Swordtail, Bumblebee, and Sundew at the Poison Jungle, where Sundew takes them to the PoisonWing village. On the way there, Cricket encounters many of the dangerous plants, and witnesses Sundew's leafspeak as she tries to stop a fire caused by Blue's flamesilk when he tried to save Swordtail from a dragon-trap. Cricket was said to be the only one who realized what Sundew was doing.
She also discovers that Mandrake, son of Wolfsbane and brother of Nettle, was Sundew's "one true love." When Cricket arrives at the village, she is defined as Sundew's 'prisoner' as someone with information about Queen Wasp's mind control.
Soon, Cricket meets Sequoia in the SapWings village and is sent on a mission with Sundew, Willow, Mandrake, Nettle, and Bumblebee to find Hawthorn, the LeafWing that guarded the mind-control plant. After saving Sundew from being a plant's lunch they arrive at the Den of Vipers, which is full of very still dragonbite vipers. Then the group meets Hawthorn, who invites them for tea at his little hut. Then they find out that Hawthorn discovered the "breath of evil" vine and had been experimenting on the snakes. Then he told them that he had given the vine to Queen Wasp at a peace summit and had slipped it in her food, but he had the cure that could save the HiveWings and Katydid. They tested it out on a HiveWing named Inchworm, and it seemingly worked. She then leaves the Eye of the jungle to check on Blue.
Sundew later found the "antidote" was the breath of evil itself, and Hawthorn, possessed by the plant, tried to use his leafspeak to strangle Cricket to death. Sundew fought him with her leafspeak, and Willow ended up killing him with a giant thorn, freeing Cricket.Cricket is later seen in the throne room, preparing for departure to Pyrrhia with the free LeafWings and SilkWings.
|The Dangerous Gift|
|Swordtail mentioned Cricket a few times in the prologue, hoping that she and the other dragons who were not near the fire escaped before the breath of evil got them.
Cricket was among the dragons flying to Sanctuary along with the other Pantalan tribes. She appeared interested in many features of Pyrrhia, like the scavengers and animus magic. Snowfall found her annoying and nosy. When Snowfall fainted from her vision of Blue, Cricket arrived as one of the dragons watching her when she woke up. Cricket stuttered that Snowfall's expression was weirdly familiar, referring to Blue. She examined Snowfall's jewelries and said that Blue would have loved the interesting magic, until Snowfall boldly told her the events of the vision. Cricket cried and was extremely concerned for Blue's condition, and Lynx stomped on Snowfall's tail to prevent her from hurting Cricket's feelings any more. Cricket responded that it is okay and she needed to know the truth anyways.Cricket was later shown to be one of the eleven chosen representatives flying to Pantala.
Even after escaping Cicada Hive and becoming a fugitive with Blue, Cricket knew that she had no regrets about what she had done. She is instinctively protective of him, and trusts him to always do the right thing. She thinks he is beautiful, and is fond of his kindness, sense of humor, thoughtfulness, and empathy. She adores him, and they are quite affectionate towards one another. He is a great source of comfort for her, and does not push her to talk about her problems. Blue's smile takes up a lot of space in her heart, and while she cares for him romantically, she is unsure if he feels the same, and chastises herself for feeling so affectionate towards him. She likes to laugh and talk with him, and wishes she could tell their society that she thinks he is wonderful, important, interesting, and valuable. He understands Cricket, and wants to go with her wherever she goes.
Bombardier believed Cricket had a crush on him, making comments such as "Cricket, I'm sorry but I don't feel the same way." Cricket never had any romantic feelings for him. She describes him as awful, arrogant, smug, and the opposite of Blue and also comments that there isn't much difference between his normal self and his "brain-dead," mind-controlled self. Cricket does say that if she had the power to save the HiveWings from Queen Wasp's mind control, she would save Bombardier, but perhaps last, after all the others, demonstrating her hate for him. The first time she saw the HiveWings being mind-controlled, while she wondered why they were acting strange, she thought maybe it was because she was too young. She soon realized that it couldn't be that since Bombardier was her age and was being mind-controlled too.
Bumblebee hatched from the egg Cricket rescued from Queen Wasp's poisons in the hatchery, so she and Bumblebee have a naturally close relationship. Cricket is almost like an adoptive mother towards Bumblebee. Bumblebee adores Cricket, and it seems like Bumblebee has slightly imprinted on Cricket, as she was the first dragon she had met. She currently does not know if Bumblebee is immune to Queen Wasp's mind control but Cricket infers that Bumblebee cannot be controlled by Queen Wasp.
Cadelle is often annoyed with Cricket. When she still lived with Cricket and Katydid, Cadelle would force them to be completely silent until noon, when she was finished working. Cadelle often didn't seem to pay much attention or care to where Cricket was or if she was safe, and largely ignored her. When Cricket thinks about Cadelle, she feels a familiar twist like thorns around her heart. Cadelle does not want to interact with her, and considers Cricket to be useless and irritating, despite Cricket wanting Cadelle to love and care about her. She once cried herself to sleep, wondering why Cadelle had taken Katydid to dinner and left Cricket behind. Cadelle would often remark that Cricket was 'no daughter of mine,' and according to Scarab, Cadelle wanted to destroy Cricket's egg as soon as she discovered that Katydid had a daughter. After discovering that Cadelle and her husband were not her true parents, Cricket understood that because her own existence was against Pantalan law, and because she represented Katydid's lie, that Cadelle must have only seen danger, crime, disorder, and lies that could ruin her life every time she look at Cricket. Cadelle was surprised when Cricket argued with her, as she was usually compliant and had never tried to push Cadelle away.
Jewel and Cricket met briefly when Cricket was captured by HiveWings under Wasp's control. Jewel freed Cricket from her prison, in exchange for spying on Wasp. Jewel most likely found out what Wasp was doing with the eggs from Tau and tried to stop Wasp. Scarab also believed that Jewel would protect Cricket and Katydid from Wasp.
Katydid and Cricket tell one another almost everything, and she is Cricket's primary caregiver. She made sure Cricket was fed and was brought to school on time, and who took her to an eye doctor for glasses. She was the only dragon that Cricket loved before she escaped Cicada Hive with Blue. Katydid is kind to her, and Cricket's heart lights up when they see one another. They are very physically affectionate, and Katydid kept Cricket's secret immunity to the Hivemind a secret for four years to keep her safe. She missed her mother desperately after escaping Cicada Hive, and Katydid simultaneously worried about her daughter while she was missing. Katydid is often exasperated with Cricket's curiosity, as she wants Cricket to be safe.
Scarab first comes up in a conversation between Blue and Cricket. She turns out to be deeply woven into Cricket's history. In The Hive Queen, it is revealed that Scarab helped cover for Cricket's egg. Scarab often scolds Cricket, but it is unlikely that she actually hates her. In The Hive Queen, she tells Cricket useful information, discussing the HiveWing bloodline and reasons why they both were immune to Wasp's mind control.
Cricket worries about Sundew when she is in danger, and is fond of her. Sundew did not hesitate to fight several HiveWing guards in order to protect Cricket and her friends, and they often laugh and smile with one another. Sundew believes that Cricket is quite unlike the rest of the HiveWing tribe, and is fond of her for it.
Swordtail makes Cricket slightly nervous, and she believed that he was not very fond of her after meeting him. However, after Swordtail expressed that she was one of the few good HiveWings, she began to believe he did not completely hate her after all. He was relieved to see her after she escaped from Lady Jewel's prison.
- "Really? Why don't you know your father? Is that normal for SilkWings? Don't you live with your parents? Or, I'm sorry, is that a question I'm not supposed to ask? I ask a lot of questions I'm not supposed to ask, apparently, according to most of my teachers — also my parents — actually, according to pretty much every grown-up HiveWing. Too many questions, Cricket! Don't you know what happens to nosy little HiveWings? They lose those noses! Which is silly; I've never seen a dragonet without a nose and I'm sure I can't be the first one with this many questions. What's your name? Oh, that's another question. Sorry. I'm Cricket."
- ― to Blue (The Lost Continent, page 67)
- "Is it a secret? A SilkWing secret? Do you guys have lots of secrets from us? Can you tell me some of them? I promise not to tell anyone! There's so much I don't know about SilkWings, but Father won't let me ask the servants anything."
- ― to Blue (The Lost Continent, page 88)
- "Let's think. Flamesilk orders go out all the time because each thread only burns for about one cycle of the smallest moon before it fades. Which means someone has to get the flamesilk from the dragons producing it, to fill the orders. So whose job is it? And someone must keep them fed and taken care of … And of course, Queen Wasp knows. So there must be a way to trace the flamesilk back to wherever the dragons are. This is a solvable mystery."
- ― to Blue, about flamesilk (The Lost Continent, page 90)
- "I wish I could go to your school for a day. I'd love to hear what other dragons are learning, wouldn't you? Are your teachers interesting? How big is your library? Do you have music classes? I wish we did; I don't understand music at all and I want to."
- ― to Blue (The Lost Continent, page 94)
- "I usually think of rules as things that get in the way of all the stuff I really want to know. I mean, how can don't ask questions ever be a good rule? Or only borrow one book at a time from the library. That's just ludicrous. No one ever sensibly explains rules like that. But don't hurt other dragons — that's a rule I think everyone believes in, right? So … I guess I believe in some rules, and I think rules, in general, can be useful, but I also think it's all right to stop and question some of the rules sometimes, if they feel wrong to you."
- ― to Blue (The Lost Continent, page 97)
- "A dollhouse book? Which the monkey found somewhere? No, you're right. This is the monkey's book. When we came in, I thought its expression looked familiar — and that's because it was reading. Mystery animals in a cave under the savannah- who can READ! Blue, this is the biggest scientific discovery of our lifetime! I wouldn't have to be a gardener if I told the queen about this. I'm sure she'd let me change disciplines so I could study them. Don't you think?"
- ― to Blue (The Lost Continent, page 141)
- "What if I'm not the only one who's different? Or what about the littlest dragonets? It's been so long since the Tree Wars. So many HiveWings weren't even alive back then. Or what about the ones who refused to fight? There were protestors, I know there were; I read about them. There were HiveWings who tried to say no to Queen Wasp. There were some who wanted to help the LeafWings and save the trees. What about them?"
- ― to Sundew (The Hive Queen, page 35)
- "Listen. […] If Queen Wasp could control me, would I be on a Wanted poster? Wouldn't she just march me into her Hive from inside my brain? And use me to catch these two?"
- ― to the Jewel Hive Chrysalis (The Hive Queen, page 146)
- "I know. But I have to do something. It's no use knowing the truth if everyone else still believes the lies. My tribe needs to know that Queen Wasp is lying to them. Maybe I can't set them free from the mind control yet, but knowing the truth about the book … I think knowing the truth is the first step towards their freedom. I hope."
- ― to Sundew and Swordtail (The Hive Queen, page 200)
- "I know. But you can understand what I'm feeling, right? You can imagine how important this is to me and … and how important you are to me."
- ― to Blue after he tells Cricket he doesn't want to leave her (The Hive Queen, page 203)
- "Sundew! […] We can tell your parents I know how the queen does it! She's poisoning dragons while they're still in their eggs — I saw her stabbing them with her tail stinger. She goes to every Nest in all the Hives to do it. That way when they hatch she can mind-control them right away. Apparently she can inject grown dragons too, but it must be faster to do all the eggs at once."
- ― to Sundew about Wasp's mind control (The Hive Queen, page 250-251)
- "They're so big. I didn't know trees grew so enormous. Some of them look as tall as the Hives! How old are they? Can you tell? Would they all get that big if they lived that long? Are they all dangerous? Oh, please tell me you have books about all these plants!"
- ― to Sundew, about trees (The Poison Jungle, page 7)
- "Oh my gosh. Oh ― oh my gosh. Do you see that? What is happening? Who is that? Why is she amazing and blue and look at her wings are those webbed talons? Are they for swimming? Is she a water dragon? What is she and where did she come from and OH MY GOSH SHE'S FROM THE DISTANT KINGDOMS ISN'T SHE?"
- ― to Sundew, upon seeing Tsunami (The Poison Jungle, page 133)
- "We're offering to take you to the other continent. To meet humans from all the way across the sea! Can you imagine? Just think — what are they like? How different are their lives from ours, and how much is the same? Isn't that just amazing to think about?"
- ― to Wren about the journey to Pantala (The Dangerous Gift, page 240)
- "I mean, can yours read? Or are they more like regular monkeys? The one I saw was holding something that looked just like a book, can you imagine? Monkeys who can read must also be able to write, don't you think? Don't you wonder what they'd write about? Monkey stories! Can you think of anything more fascinating?"
- ― to Snowfall about humans (The Dangerous Gift, page 234)
- Though trees no longer are widespread on Pantala, Cricket somehow managed to grow a small tree in her terrarium in her botany class, having found the seed on a gathering trip, and not having known what it was until it started growing.
- She is featured on the Barnes and Noble exclusive version of The Lost Continent.
- Tui was originally going to have Cricket to be a reporter or a journalist.[event 2]
- Cricket is in love with Blue, and he returns her feelings, but neither knows about each others' feelings yet.
- Her breath smells of apples as described by Blue.
- Cricket is not much use in combat.
- Before becoming a fugitive, Cricket dreamed of being a published scientist.
- When she was young, Cricket had recurring nightmares about her teachers growing moss on her brain.
- Cricket's favorite library is the one located in Jewel Hive.
- Out of Blue, Sundew, and Swordtail, Cricket is the fastest writer.
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