I don't really know what it means either I thought it would be kinda like "giving up" ? But maybe this is Australian slang and means something else.
In any case, young Reagan is quite feisty for his age, handling knives and offering to cut down hanged people. Well done, Zoe.
You gave us two versions of "Rot !" at the end, is there one you prefer or should the editor choose ?
PL ok in any case.