Toby Robin O'Keefe and the Harlequin from HellChapter 1
A typical balmy spring day in Greendale; the final bell at Sacred Heart Elementary had sounded, and swarms of scarlet-and-gray-clad schoolgirls poured from the exits, heading for buses, bicycles, or the long walk home.
Taking a slight detour from their usual routes home were Toby Robin O’Keefe, Terry Blair, Jody Fitzgerald, and Doris Wade. The two sixth graders had been assigned to help Jodie and Doris with their upcoming third-grade science fair project, and they were all headed to the Greendale Library to start researching. Toby and Terry walked their bikes behind the two younger girls, who lived in walking distance of the school (and the library). Hovering overhead, unnoticed by anyone, were two spherical drones, one pink, one purple. Resembling giant eyeballs with pigtails, in seconds the machines located their targets and locked on.
“Where’s Margaret today?” Jodie asked Doris, Margaret being Doris' older sister and T
Toby Robin O'Keefe and the Harlequin from HellChapter 2
Toby, intent on rescuing the captured girls, focused her attention entirely on the giant sphere floating over Greendale. As she pedaled, the massive orb seemed to grow ever larger, until it almost filled the sky –
“T-T-T-Toby?” Terry’s quavering voice broke Toby’s concentration. “W-what’s h-happening?”
“What do you mean, Ter?” Toby called over her shoulder, keeping her eyes on her target.
Toby glanced down – then her eyes widened and she gasped with surprise. The street, which she’d expected to see right beneath her wheels, was far below her – and getting further away all the time. Somehow, she and Terry were flying!
The shock caused both girls to stop pedaling – and their bikes immediately nosedived. “Oh, jeeps!” Toby cried, eying the rapidly-approaching ground. Panicking,