Here's Chapter 49 of Weirdness at Waverly Academy. Today, Nancy gets poetical.
Nancy's dreams that night were odd, to say the least. For some reason, Nancy dreamed about Edgar Allen Poe. In a sinister voice, the man began to recite The Raven...
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious...
"CUT!" a loud voice in Nancy's dream said. "Try again!"
Edgar coughed loudly, then restarted his poem.
Once, at a place called Waverly, the upstate girls academy,
There was quite a mystery, for Nancy to explain.
Ah, Miss Drew was rather keen to understand what it could mean,
With Mel and Izzy and Corine, the scene was quite insane.
Rachel Hubbard was out of sorts, Leela only cared about sports,
Yet, according to reports, one of the girls was the Black Cat.
Nancy asked herself again, "Who will be valedictorian?
How many girls will be hurt by then? I wish that I knew that."
The Black Cat left notes, obscene and vile, heralding upcoming trial,
And then, in just a little while, poor Nancy would be next.
Could she stop the horrid crime? Solve the mystery in time?
Or would she fall in muck and grime? Alas, Nancy was vexed.
While she nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at the window pane.
" 'Tis a squirrel," she muttered. "Tapping at the window pane.
Really, something quite mundane."
Nancy's eyes suddenly opened, as she woke up from her dream. There was a squirrel tapping at the window pane. It was the same squirrel who had stolen a starburst token earlier. In fact, the squirrel had the token in its mouth.
"Come back here, you thieving squirrel!" Nancy shouted. Of course, she shouted as quietly as possible so she didn't accidentally wake up Corine. After all, according to Nancy's phone, it was well after 11:00 PM.
Nancy threw open the window, and she saw the squirrel climb up the tree. At the very top, he put the token inside his nest.
Nancy sighed. She knew what she was about to do was stupid and life-threatening, but she had to get that starburst token back.
Nancy crawled out onto the large tree branch, then started climbing the tree. She was sure to test each branch, before putting her weight on it. It was rather slow going, but eventually, Nancy reached the top of the tree. She put her hand inside the squirrel's nest and got the missing starburst token.
"YES!" Nancy cheered.
Suddenly, Nancy hear ominous chanting. She looked down. At the base of the tree were eight people, all dressed in cloaks. They were standing in a circle and chanting something.
Nancy tried to climb back down the tree so she could hear the chant, but no luck. As if by an invisible signal, the person in the light blue cloak left. The other people—all wearing dark blue cloaks—followed.
Nancy grabbed her phone, so she could at least take a picture of this mysterious scene. That's when she saw that it was midnight.
"Spooky," Nancy said.