Montreal – January 27th, 2012 – Baker’s Residence
“Hurry up Emily!” Her mother Mrs. Baker called. “The taxi is here! We have to leave this instant!” Her agitated mother lectured Emily impatiently.
“I’m coming,” Emily spoke, not the least bit rushed. Then she remembered that they were taking the train to Halifax. And we have to check our bags, she thought, so we have to be there one hour and fifteen minutes before our train leaves.
After that Emily was just a blur. She was down the stairs, out the door, and into the cab within the next minute.
The Bakers were going on vacation to Halifax.
Montreal – January 27th, 2012 – Train Station
“Ladies and gentlemen, your attention, please. This is your first boarding call. VIA Rail one on route to Monkton, Turo, and Halifax. Only passengers with valid tickets for this train will be permitted to board. On behalf of VIA Rail Canada, we wish you a pleasant day,” the P.A. announced, then repeated in French.
Emily looked at the Arrivals board. Just as train one came up on the board, the word S.P.I.E.S. was written on it.
No one noticed this. No one, except for Emily Baker.
Montreal – January 27th, 2012 – Train Station – Gate 2
“Did I ever tell you about your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandfather Ed-Z? He founded an entire world!” Mrs. Baker told Emily as they boarded train one.
“Too bad Dad couldn’t come,” was Emily’s reply.
“Your father is at a meeting. And he’s trying to get Ed-A to show up,” reminded Mrs. Baker. It was the horrible truth. Emily had never met her father, Ed-Z.
“You know, when he dies, you will inherit a ring, as well as all of his personal identification,” Mrs. Baker told Emily, “and the ring has a Jen in it.”
Emily thought she heard “Jen,” but her mother must have said gem. After all, Emily was only two years old when her mother had first told her about the ring. Although she knew her father was a S.P.I.E.S., she hadn’t know that when he died, Emily would inherit his name, job, and ring, an extremely powerful ring.
Niagara Falls – January 27th, 2012 – S.P.I.E.S. Stronghold – Meeting Hall A
Ed-Z spoke first at the meeting. “This ring has been going crazy. It lights up. It tries to roll away!”
“So what?” said Ed-S rudely.
“So we must put it in a vault,” continued Ed-Z. “And it has to be guarded. I have trained Tingii, and Tingo. They will be our guards.”
And so a vault was made. The Jen ring was inserted, and locked up, but it wouldn’t be there for long.
Somewhere in Russia – January 27th, 2012
“I need you.” The voice was low and scratchy. “I need you. I need you to get the ring. And bring me the old geezer. I want him alive.”
“Sir, yes, sir,” was the response. Clink, clink, clink. The money exchanged hands. The deal was set.
Montreal – January 27th, 2012 – Train 1 the Ocean – Car 12
“I’m going to bed,” said Emily, in their squishy cabin on the train. The train was just pulling out of Montreal.
“It looked bigger on-line,” Mrs. Baker complained. “Everything always looks bigger on-line.”
“That’s because they use fish-eye lenses.” Emily answered. “I’m going to bed now, okay Mom? And don’t forget to change the clock tonight.”
New Brunswick – January 28th, 2012 – Train 1 the Ocean – Car 12
“Goooood Mornnninnnng.” Emily spoke load enough to wake the entire car. “Strrrrrrannnnge Thhhhinnnnnnngs arrrrrrre haaaaaaapennnnnninnng.”
“Iiiiiiiiiiii seeeeeee,” her mother responded. At the same time there was something strange happening at the stronghold.
Emily worked on a puzzle in her magazine. Her magazine was called Kidserific:
You are Gagette Go-Bo, a famous archeologist. You are in Brazil, and have just found a cave. You believe that a 56 carat emerald is in the cave. Go to 4, and take 2 of the following: emergency kit, flashlight, and camera. At the entrance to the cave, you see a map drawn on the wall. It shows a chamber on the far side of the cave that has a jewel drawn in it. An underground river leads to it. The underground river is on your left. If you follow the river to the jewel, go to 21. If you enter the passage on the right, go to 11. All of a sudden, you see tree stumps in the river. If you try to swim across, go to 3. If you walk along the river, go to 19.
“This is silly,” said Emily, shaking her head. “And boring; there would be no tree stumps in an underground river. I’m going to talk to the customer service ambassador for our car.” It was then that Emily noticed that her voice was normal again.
New Brunswick – January 28th, 2012 – Train 1 the Ocean – Car 12 – Compartment 1
Nanny McOops was a strict, but tolerant woman. All the other N.A.N.N.I.E.S. were strict, but not very tolerant. Most N.A.N.N.I.E.S. would have yelled “Go away!” when a ten-year old girl came knocking at their door, but not Nanny McOops. Nanny McOops invited the young lady in for tea, cookies, and fudge.
“My name is Emily Baker. I am in compartment nine,” hollered Emily.
“You know, dear, you can talk quieter, I’m sitting right next to you,” responded Nanny McOops in a soothing tone.
Emily ignored her. She was busy studying a poster on the wall of the compartment’. “‘Nannies are not notified in emergency situations,’” Emily read out loud.
Monkton – January 28th, 2012 – Train 1 the Ocean – Car 12
“Hello,” introduced Nanny McOops from the door of her train car. She was talking to the customer service ambassador. “My name is Nanny Mc…” Nanny McOops fell to the ground. “…Oops,” yelled Nanny McOops.
Emily, who was watching the scene from her bedroom window, burst into laughter.
Niagara Falls – January 28th, 2012 – S.P.I.E.S. Stronghold – Vault
“This ring is going crazy,” exclaimed Tingii. “Why did you apply me for this job anyway?”
“Because Mother wanted me to,” reminded Tingo, Tingii’s older brother. “Myyyyyyy voooooice isssssss gooooooing crazzzzzzzzzzzzzy,” said Tingo.
“Whaaaaat haaaappppens ifffffffffff Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii puuuuuuushhhhhhhhhhh thissssss buttttttttonnnnnnn,” wondered Tingii, as she pushed the maze-like button on the ring. “Wow! My voice is normal again!”
Nova Scotia – January 28th, 2012
Nanny McOops’s voice was heard loud and clear from car twelve and the P.A. box. “Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please. Those of you joining us in Turo, good afternoon, and welcome aboard. In a few moments, we will be arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Please take all personal belongings with you. On behalf of VIA Rail Canada and your operating crew, we wish you a pleasant day.” The announcements then continued in French.
Halifax – January 28th, 2012
Nanny McOops stood in the doorway of car twelve. “Thank you for traveling with VIA Rail. My name is Nanny Mc… Oops,” screamed Nanny McOops as she tumbled down onto the platform.
“Good evening Miss Mc,” started a short, stalky man on the platform. The man was bald.
“That’s Nanny McOops to you, Mr. Villain,” interrupted Nanny McOops.
“That’s James the Villain to you, crazy lady!” stormed the stalky fellow on the platform. “Now, hand over the money. This is a stick up.”
“Heads up!” shouted James the Villain as he flung Nanny McOops under the train. “Now, who’s next?”
Halifax – January 28th, 2012
The couple wandering the streets of Halifax looked so dirty they could have taken a bath in charcoal and looked cleaner.
“The nerve of that guy!” raged the smaller of the two. “Throwing us under the train! And taking our wallet! I ought to call the police!”
“The nerve of VIA Rail,” screamed the other. “Not giving our money back!”
“They did give us a sixty-percent of our next purchase coupon,” Emily reminded her mother.
“I’m never going on a train again. I’m refunding our ticket back and paying air-fare for our trip back to Montreal,” said Emily Baker’s mother promptly.
Halifax – January 28th, 2012 – Hotel Fantabulous
The Hotel Fantabulous was not fantabulous at all. It was not even fabulous. At best, it was okay. In reality, it was lame. The room the Bakers were staying in was called the R.C. Suite. It turns out that “R.C.” stands for really crummy.
Emily turned on the television to Channel 6472416441, her father’s channel. The picture was fuzzy, but Emily could have sworn she saw a ring with a bright red jewel. Under the jewel was the word Jen.
“Stay tuned for updates about the Jen,” the TV announced. The screen now blazed a design.
“So that’s what happened to my voice this morning,” Emily realized, as she thought back to what her mother told her, “The ring has a Jen in it,” she had heard right, her mother said Jen! All she had to do was get half way across the country, break into a stronghold, and convince a bunch of strange adults something she wasn’t quite sure of herself! All she had to do was tell her mother.
Halifax – January 28th, 2012 – Hotel Fantabulous – R.C. Suite
I’ll just have to go by myself, decided Emily when her mother told her she couldn’t go to Niagara on the Lake. She had a plan, she would sneak away tonight.
Niagara Falls – January 29th, 2012 – S.P.I.E.S. Stronghold – Ed-Z’s Suite
James the Villain tip-toed through the suite until he was standing above the slumbering Ed-Z. Quietly and quickly he threw Ed-Z in a sack. Then he crept away into the night. Nobody saw him, but something did. It was Fug, the high-tech security system designed by Ed-A. The alarm woke almost every within a kilometre, everyone that is, except Fug’s inventor.
Niagara Falls – January 29th, 2012 – S.P.I.E.S. Stronghold
There was still pandemonium in the Niagara Stronghold. Ed-D was trying to wake Ed-A so he could shut off the alarm. Ed-A finally woke up and shut off the alarm at 3:32 in the morning.
Niagara Falls – January 29th, 2012 – S.P.I.E.S. Stronghold – Vault
Tingii and Tingo had just fallen asleep. The Jen ring suddenly vanished. Then it appeared in someone’s pocket. Outside the vault Ed-Z was declared missing, so his job now belonged to his daughter, Emily Baker.
Passage A – January 29th, 2012
Emily finally found the entrance to Passage A. She rushed past a guy that looked particularly like the one that had thrown her and her mother under the train. The man, who was James the Villain, carried a wriggling bag.
Niagara Falls – January 29th, 2012 – S.P.I.E.S. Not-So-Strong-Hold
Well, to make a long story short, Emily arrived at the stronghold, and learned that her coronation will take place tomorrow.
Niagara Falls – January 30th, 2012
The S.P.I.E.S. waited on the balcony, ready to march in for the coronation ceremony.
Niagara Falls – January 30th, 2012
At about a zillion decibels, the S.P.I.E.S. theme song pounded through the new 45 meter speakers.
Atlantis – January 30th, 2012
The fish of the sea were listening to the theme music.
“I hope this doesn’t cause a tsunami,” said a grumpy puffer fish named Blow. “If it does, we’ll never hear the end of it.
Then another fish exclaimed that “I think I found the lost continent!”
To end the conversation, Blow spoke. “They found that last summer.” Blow said, gesturing toward the N.A.N.N.I.E.S. submarine. Inside the submarine, stood the ultimate sound recorder, listening to their every word.
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