Here's the fourth chapter in my series about Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy.
Nancy smiled. She had only been in Waverly for five minutes, and the case was practically solved. The mysterious "Black Cat" only targeted valedictorian candidates. The valedictorian that year would get a huge scholarship. Clearly, someone wanted the huge scholarship, and she was using underhanded tactics to get rid of the competition.
Nancy took a moment to confirm this theory. "You mean the only girls to get notes from this Black Cat person are girls who're in the running to be valedictorian?"
"I hadn't really thought of it that way, but yeah," Corine said. "I guess that's right. Maybe somebody's jealous of us smart kids or something. Or maybe it's one of us. Maybe somebody's trying to scare off her competition."
Hey, I thought of that first! Nancy thought.
"Whatever. It's not gonna work on me," Corine said confidently.
Oh, really? Nancy thought. "Have you ever gotten one of these Black Cat notes?" she asked.
"Yeah, I got one about three days ago," Corine said calmly.
Evidence! Nancy thought. "No kidding. May I see it?"
"Sorry," Corine said. "I took one look at it and tore it up. But if you'd like to see the note my ex-roommate got, that one's right here."
Corine pulled out a note the note. There was a black pawprint on the paper, with blood-colored scratches. The Black Cat is watching. was written on top. All in all, it was kind of creepy.
"When she got this, how did she react?" Nancy asked.
"She tried to laugh it off, but I think she was really scared," Corine said. "She was pretty neurotic."
Um...your roommate gets sent home after having a panic attack, and you get rid of all of her things except the threatening note she received? Who's the neurotic one again?
"What about the second note?" Nancy asked.
"There wasn't a second note," Corine said. "Or at least, if there was, she never said anything about it to me."
"Did she talk to you a lot?" Nancy asked.
"No, not really," Corine said. She tried to fake a laugh. "I mean, you've probably said more to me now in the past five minutes that Danielle said to me in the past month!"
Note to self, Nancy thought. Corine might be a candidate for valedictorian, but she is not a candidate for Roommate of the Year.