chapter1

Today is a day when it almost feels impossible to be Linda. Not only does she have to finish her very ambitious school project, but she also is responsible for the school magazine that is due for printing today. As if that’s not enough, she’s sure to get more work from the teachers due to her competence. She braces herself and gets ready to do all her work as fast as possible because her heart is longing to get to the stables to ride Meteor.

linda

Sometimes I just have too much to do! Days like these I just want to go to the stables and practice with Meteor! I want to be prepared for the riding championships. 

Well, I volunteered to be the editor-in-chief of our school paper, so I must make sure everything is on schedule for the next issue. I’m in charge now! I have to check with Mrs Graham and see if it’s okay for me to leave a bit early today.

Just because I’m ambitious and efficient, and always try my hardest, people assume I can do anything.

New objective: I need to finish all my schoolwork as fast as possible so I can get to the stables.

Go up the stairs and you will be stopped by Mrs Graham pacing at the top.

mrs_graham

Ah, there you are, Linda. You’re the editor-in-chief of the Jorvik School Gazette, if I’m not mistaken? Well young lady, I hope you know that the school gazette has never been late in its century-long history! It would be a shame if you broke this perfect record, wouldn’t it?

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linda

I was told everything was going fine and on schedule. I’m not putting this magazine together by myself, and I hardly know how to print it!

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mrs_graham

Responsibility, hard work, and respect for traditions are the cornerstones of this school, as you well know. It is your responsibility to get the gazette done, Linda. No one else will do it for you!

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linda

I understand, Mrs Graham. I’ll make sure it’s done. 

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mrs_graham

Don’t just stand there, young lady. Hurry up! The clock’s ticking, and there are interviews missing for the last page. You have to finish them before the magazine is printed. Get going, and don’t waste time. 

New objective: I must complete the school gazette. I need to interview Anne, Alex, and Lisa.

Find Anne standing in the main hall, to the right of the stairs.

linda

Hi, Anne! I really need your help to complete the school gazette. Can I do an interview with you? It won’t take long.

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anne

Sniff… I’m a little annoyed with you for not putting a picture of fabulous me on the cover of the magazine. I’m convinced more people would read it if it had a picture like that on the front page… I know I would. But okay, make it quick, Josh is waiting for me. 

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linda

Thanks, Anne. I really, really appreciate it. This is a short thing for the back cover. We’re doing personal interviews with… Interesting students, so just tell me a little about yourself. 

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anne

Okay. My name is Anne, and my father is the most important man in Jorvik. We have a long history of being the most important family in Jorvik. Not like those rich, upstart Dark Corporation people. 

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linda

Hmm… Okay, if you say so. What are your goals in life?

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anne

Well, I could really do just about anything, but my personality and good looks make me better suited for modeling, or maybe acting, than for an academic career. 

You must make sure you use a really good picture of me in the magazine!

It should be big… And in color… Wait, maybe black and white would look more artistic… No, it should be in color. 

Now to find the next person to interview. Lisa can be found upstairs, at the back of the corridor by the lockers.

linda

Hi, Lisa. How are you? You did great in the tournament last week. Congratulations! I was wondering if you could help me get the school gazette finished. I need an interview of you. It’ll just take a sec.

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lisa

Sure. And thanks. It’s strange, though. I can hardly believe all that’s been happening these last few days. I’m really happy things are back to normal now. 

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linda

Yeah… Um… Speaking of which, I was wondering… Are you really dating Josh?

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lisa

Hmm… Linda, I don’t know what to do about that. He’s really nice and all that, but I know Anne has a crush on him. Anyway, what do you want to know about me for the gazette?

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linda

Well, it would be nice to hear a little about who you are. And since you’re new to Jorvik, it’d be interesting to hear what you have to say about the place. 

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lisa

Yeah, like you said, I’m new here and I live with my dad. He spends most of his time on the Dark Core platforms. Everyone in Jorvik has been really nice to me… With a few exceptions, I guess. I’m getting to like the town. I’m into rock music, I play a lot myself. And I’ve taken up riding too, down at the stables. 

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linda

Thanks, Lisa. We have to get together after school and talk about all the strange stuff that happened last week. Maybe we’ll see each other at the stables. We can talk more then! 

Two down, one more to go. You can find Alex in the upstairs corridor, to the left of the main stairs.

linda

Hey, Alex! I’m finishing the next issue of the school gazette, and I’d like to ask you a few questions. Is that okay with you?

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alex

Sure, Linda… I’d love to help if I can… Fire away.

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linda

Great! It’s really, really simple. I’m putting portraits and short interviews of some students on the back cover, so if you just could tell me a little about yourself, that’d be great.

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alex

Sure… I don’t know if anyone will care, but since you’re asking… I’m Alex and I live with my mother and four brothers over in “Crows’ Nest.” It’s a very poor area and it can be really cold in winter. My baby brother is the most important thing in my life, and I like to spend time with horses and fixing engines in my spare time. 

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linda

That’s really interesting! What do you want to do when you finish school?

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alex

That’s a tough question. Work with horses… Or maybe as a mechanic fixing cars in a garage. It’d be great if I could do both!

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linda

Finally! The last interview is done. Now I can print the gazette. I really hope the printer in the library is working… 

New objectives: I have to print the gazette in the library.

Go back down the stairs to the library; the big double doors on the right side of the statue. Once in the library, go around the bookshelves and approach the printer that is towards the back of the room.

linda

So now all the stuff is finally in place. I’m ready to print! Soon I can take Meteor out for a ride.

blank_printer

Oh, no! I can’t believe it! What’s the problem now? Nothing seems to work for me today. Aha! There’s no ink in the printer. No wonder the pages are blank. 

I don’t know how to fix it! But wait… Maybe the janitor can help me. I must find him quickly!

New objective: I must find the janitor to help me get some ink for the printer.

Find the janitor wandering around the school halls. He is a large guy wearing a light grey button-down shirt.

linda

The printer in the library isn’t working. I think it’s out of ink.

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janitor

Are you sure about that? You haven’t been tampering with it? You didn’t break it, did you?

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linda

No, of course not. Please, I really need to print the gazette. Mrs Graham is going to be furious with me if I’m not done on time!

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janitor

Mrs Graham… Huh. She’s a bit of a dragon sometimes, isn’t she? Okay, I’ll see what I can do. Follow me. Let’s go and have a look at that printer, shall we?

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linda

Thanks!

Follow the janitor back to the library.

janitor

There you go, Linda. The ink cartridge is in place and the printer is up and running again. I’m glad I could save you from Mrs Graham – she can be very frightening at times. Trust me, I know!

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linda

Thank you very much, sir. You really saved my day!

So now all the stuff is finally in place. I’m ready to print! Soon I can take Meteor out for a ride.

ink_printer

What’s the saying… Publish or perish? Well, now that the gazette is printed, I can finally get out of here. If Mrs Graham lets me go, of course.

I really hope I don’t run into Mrs Graham again. She sounded like she had even more tasks for me to do. And I’m already late for the stables. Poor Meteor, I’m sure he misses me!

Leave the printer and head towards the library door.

linda

Argh, its so typical! There she is, and there’s no way I can get out another way. Maybe if I just walk past and pretend that it’s raining. 

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mrs_graham

Hello there, young lady! Are you done with the gazette?

Good. I am pleased to see you take responsibility and complete the gazette. Now I have another task for you to do. Professor Hyman is about to lecture at the Royal Academy of Science, and he needs your help. On that blackboard behind you, the professor wrote down his theories and diagrams that explain the more… Shall we say, complex parts of them.

All I need you to do is write this down on paper, so that Professor Hyman’s theories are saved for posterity, and that he can hold his lecture! He’s really nervous, and needs the notes to make a good presentation. You’ll find me in the hall when you’re done. 

New objective: Mrs Graham wants me to scribble down Mr Hyman’s notes from the chalkboard.

Go to the chalkboard behind the desk on the raised platform at the back of the library.

linda

Nooo! Someone wiped out parts of the blackboard – whatever I write down won’t be complete. Mr Hyman will be devastated!

But he held his lecture just a couple of hours ago. I’m sure some students took notes. Maybe if I find them, they can show me their notes.

New objective: I have to find someone who has taken notes from Mr Hyman’s class.

Exit the library and speak to the other students wandering around and ask them if they took notes from the lecture.

male_student

Yeah, I slept through most of Mr Hyman’s lecture. I woke up at the end and made some notes about the inverted primary numbers. Do you want to copy them?

Note 1 of 5

female_student

Yes, I wrote down the list of required reading in my calendar. Please copy it if you need it.

Note 2 of 5

female_student

He quoted so many different people during that lecture – I think I’ve got them all written down. Here’s the list I managed to put together. Please take it.

Note 3 of 5

male_student

Well… I was at Hyman’s lecture, but I was drawing comics… But wait, I did write down the order of unstable elements in the Hyman System. You can have that page from me. I don’t really get it anyway.

Note 4 of 5

female_student

Sure, I took some notes at the Hyman lecture. I’ve got most of it in my locker, but I did the Hyman Correlation Chart on the back of this paper. It’s all I’ve got.

Feel free to use it.

Note 5 of 5

linda

That’s it. Mr Hyman’s notes are complete. Now I can finally get out of here. I just need to hand these over to Mrs Graham first. 

New objective: Okay, now I just have to give Mrs Graham the notes.

Find Mrs Graham standing in the main hall in front of the center statue.

mrs_graham

Oh, my dear child. That was not one second too soon. Professor Hyman’s really nervous, and terrified of making a bad impression at the lecture. I’ll go straight to him with the notes. He’ll be so relieved. And, as usual, you have proven what a resourceful girl you are. 

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linda

Thank you, Mrs Graham. Um… You know, it’s getting late and I really want to get down to the stables before it’s too late. Unless there’s something else…

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mrs_graham

Now that you mention it, we are all looking forward to your essay on the landmarks of Jorvik. Why, I already told my colleagues about those photographs in the trophy cabinet, and the new light you shed on their origin! They were really interested, and were eager to know more as soon as possible. 

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linda

Well, sure, Mrs Graham, but the work on the landmarks isn’t supposed to be done for another three weeks. I hardly did anything today, what with the gazette and all…

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mrs_graham

Sniff… Maybe I’ve been exaggerating the progress of your work, but you wouldn’t want to make the faculty disappointed, would you? Or even worse, make a fool out of me in front of my colleagues. At least make sure you do some research today, so I can sleep tonight, knowing that you’re making good progress on the essay. 

New objective: I need to write a background story about three objects in the trophy cabinet.

Head over to the trophy cabinet on the left side of the main hall. Inspect one of the items inside.

moon_rock

linda

A “moon rock.” Strange, this piece of stone was discovered on the shores of Jorvik in the late forties. It has some strange qualities, more like rocks found after meteor showers. Interesting…

It says here that the rock was part of a collection of strange minerals at the Pine Hill Mansion. It was donated to the school when Pine Hill was abandoned.

astronomer_giobertus

What’s this? An article about the famous astronomer Giobertus visiting the Headmaster. It seems the Headmaster lived at Pine Hill in the twenties, and it seems a lot of things were going on there, then.

 Well, that’s all I can figure out by looking at this little object.

headmaster

Look, here’s a photograph of Pine Hill in all its former glory. There’s Headmaster Stompkins and his chauffeur… Hey, wait a minute. That chauffeur looks almost exactly like Mr Sands… That spooky guy who tried to kidnap Lisa’s horse, Starshine, a couple of weeks ago.

That’s enough for now. I think this is a good start on an essay on Pine Hill Mansion – I hope Mrs Graham will be satisfied with my initial research.

Okay, now I’m finally done and well prepared for school tomorrow. I just hope I can get out of here and off to Meteor without any more delays… I’m heading for the front door!

Hurry! Make your break for it!

Approach the front door, the door you came in at the start of the level, to complete the chapter.

Level 1 completed!

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