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By Lemony Snicket

Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?

Do you scent smoke? younger apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson yet quickly unearths himself enveloped within the ever-increasing secret that haunts town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. who's environment the fires? What secrets and techniques are hidden within the division of schooling? Why are such a lot of schoolchildren at risk? Is all of it the paintings of the infamous villain Hangfire? How may possibly you even ask that? what sort of schooling have you ever had?

Maybe you may be in school?

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It’s extremely simple, i assumed. however the hassle is, it’s challenging. “I have a question,” I acknowledged. “I’m definite you've got many questions,” Ellington stated, “but straight away you must end your espresso or we’ll be past due. ” “Late for what? ” “I’m no longer the single scholar who doesn’t like this place,” Ellington stated. “There are other folks the following who aren’t muddled by means of laudanum and a top-drawer schooling. We’re assembly within the library to determine what might be performed. ” i ended my espresso in a single squirmy gulp. I felt the drink jitter its approach via my approach, like a mystery code tapping its means down my backbone. I didn’t love it, yet I didn’t think as sleepy as I had sooner than. “The library on the town? ” I requested, wishing I hadn’t despatched Pip and Squeak away. “No,” Ellington stated, “the college library. It’s a secure position, yet it’s all of the means throughout campus, so we’ll need to beware of Stew or somebody else within the Inhumane Society. Take your sneakers and socks off, Snicket. ” “Why? ” “Shoes make an lousy racket within the hallways,” she stated, “and the flooring are too slippery for socks. ” “I’ll take my chances,” I stated. Ellington gave me a quizzical glance as she kicked off her personal sneakers. Her toenails, i realized, have been painted as black as her fingernails, even though they seemed extra startling on her slim ft. “If you allure consciousness, it will probably wreck our merely likelihood to defeat Hangfire. Take off your sneakers and socks. ” I hesitated, sitting at the fringe of the mattress. “Are you bashful, Snicket? ” “I’m now not bashful. ” “Do you've gotten gruesome ft? I promise to not say something approximately them. ” “My toes,” I acknowledged, with as a lot dignity as I had mendacity round, “are completely basic, thanks a great deal. ” “Then what's the challenge? ” “There isn’t one,” I acknowledged, and that i fast pulled off my sneakers. I needed to lean right down to do it, and that i had one other chance to examine the item less than the mattress as I peeled off my socks and dropped them to the ground. It felt solid to get them off. They have been rainy from the rain. yet taking my sneakers and socks off left my ankles naked, and Ellington stared challenging at one among them. “Oh,” she acknowledged. “Oh,” I agreed. She leaned down and ran a finger alongside the tattoo on my ankle. To most folks it appeared like a watch, yet hidden within the eye have been 3 initials. They weren't hidden to Ellington. She spelled them out together with her fingernail on my dermis. “V. F. D. ,” she stated. “Yes. ” “Volunteer fireplace division. ” “Yes. ” “That’s one other mystery association, isn’t it? ” “If I instructed you,” I acknowledged, “it wouldn’t be a mystery. ” “That’s why you’re the following in town,” she stated. “It’s education of a few variety, isn’t it? That lady Theodora is your train or anything. ” “Chaperone, is what they name it. ” “You’re scattered everywhere in the place,” she acknowledged, “doing mystery errands and investigations, like the Inhumane Society. ” I shook my head. “Not like them in any respect. ” “What’s the variation? ” Ellington requested. i attempted to think about easy methods to positioned it. It used to be easy, i assumed, the library booklet, however it wasn’t effortless. It’s just like the distinction among what occurs in a ebook and what occurs on the earth.

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