Here's Chapter Twelve of my story about Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy. Today, Nancy visits the library for the first time.
Nancy entered the school library for the first time. It was everything a modern school could ask for in a library. Lots of room, over 300,000 items in the collection, study areas and...
"Only one computer?" Nancy asked. "A school this big, and they only have one computer?"
Nancy sighed. She had to read the Waverly Student Handbook online, so she sat down in front of the computer. It only had two icons: one for the school website, and one for the library catalogue.
Nancy clicked on the school website. An error screen popped up, telling her that the site was blocked unless she had the right password.
"You have got to be kidding me," Nancy said. The school computer couldn't do anything besides visit two websites...and one of those websites was blocked. What kind of school prevents its own students from visiting the school's website?
Fortunately, the library catalogue website was working. Nancy did a search for "Moore", and she discovered that The Story of Four by Madeline Moore was currently inside the Special Collections cabinet.
Nancy walked over to the cabinet. The book was clearly on display. Nancy grabbed the door handle and...
"It's locked," Nancy said.
Nancy took a step backwards and looked around. On top of the special display cabinet were two Waverly flags. Nancy unscrewed the flag on the left, then used it to break the glass of the display cabinet.
"Now it's unlocked," Nancy said, smugly.
"Becca, what are you doing?" Izzy asked, in horror at Nancy's blatant destruction.
"Getting a book," Nancy said.
Suddenly, Nancy magically disappeared from the library and reappeared back inside her room. Her cell phone beeped, and she saw a text from Paige Griffen, the floor monitor, telling her that she got three demerits for destroying school property.
"How did I end up back here?" Nancy wondered. She left her room and went right back downstairs. Amazingly, the broken display cabinet was magically repaired.
"Let's try this again," Nancy said. She unscrewed a Waverly flag, then used it to smash open the glass of the cabinet. Then, Nancy reached inside and grabbed the copy of The Story of Four.
"You can't break things like that!" Izzy said. "I'm telling!"
One second later, Nancy was back in her room. The book had magically disappeared from her hands.
"I don't believe this!" Nancy said.
Nancy marched downstairs and threw open the doors to the library, and she was shocked to find that, once again, the special collections cabinet had been repaired. Either Waverly Academy had a really efficient glass-maker on the staff, or they had an unlimited supply of special collections cabinets.
"Third time's the charm," Nancy said, unscrewing the Waverly flag again. "And if Izzy tells on me again, I'm going to tell her to—woah!"
Paige, the angry floor monitor, grabbed Nancy by the back of her neck and dragged her away from the cabinet. "If you even think about breaking the cabinet again, I will have you expelled," Paige threatened.
Nancy shuddered. She had never seen Paige before, and from up close, the older girl looked like a gorilla with a ponytail.
"Fine!" Nancy said. "I'll open the cabinet the normal way, by finding a key! Sheesh!"