As a thank you for all of you still reading, I'm posting a new chapter both here and one on my other story, All Over Again - The Clue Hunt, Take 2 today. I know that some of you have followed both, and if you haven't, check it out!
Out of curiosity, which of my three main stories do you guys like the most? Agents of Scholastic (this one), All Over Again - The Clue Hunt, Take 2, or Amy's Boyfriend? (The links to the other two can be found under my posts). I've enjoyed writing all of them, and if you've liked this one, you may be interested in reading the other two. Let me know here or on one of those threads.
Ian had only walked about a block before conceding (in the most arrogant way possible) that he had no idea where he was going. He had graciously allowed Sinead to take the lead, ignoring the way Dan had rolled his eyes with an obnoxiously loud huff, and the Ekat had wasted no time in steering them towards the nearest library.
As soon as they had stepped through the door, Amy was in her element.
"All right, Hamilton, Dan, you go find as many of those books as you can and meet us at the computers over there. Jonah, Ian, grab a desk and start looking up everything you can find on the authors of the books - especially any ones that have yet to be published. Sinead, see if you can find anything about how we got here and how we might be able to get home. I'm going to look up the publishing company," Amy fired off directions like an army general directing her troops, striding off towards the computers without waiting to see if the other five listened.
Jonah, Hamilton and Dan exchanged looks behind her back, but all of them set about on their separate tasks without complaint. They were still too close to the building - Scholastic - for any of their comfort, and each Cahill was eager to accomplish their mission so that they could get out of there quicker.
Ian and Jonah sat down beside each other, pulling up browsers and starting to surf the web without delay. Sinead was already flying through information on her screen. Amy typed 'Scholastic book publishers' into the search bar and clicked on the first link, quickly burying herself in her research.
It only took a few minutes for Dan and Hamilton to return, arms full of books. Amy paused just long enough to order them to start skimming for any useful information before returning to her own work.
"We should probably be out of here in half an hour, at most," Ian stated, glancing up from his computer. "Jonah and I will have locations by then."
The others nodded in agreement. Without another word, the six Cahills dove into their respective tasks with the all the efficiency of the highly trained agents that they were - a fact which did not change, no matter what world they were in.
They were the Cahills, and they were on a mission. Nothing was going to stand in their way.
The 39 Clues department of Scholastic had all but shut down. Desks were empty, phones were unattended, computer screens flickered without notice, and papers lay discarded on almost every available surface.
Every eye in the room was focused on Len, Gavin, and Jen B., who were standing at the front of the room, facing their co-workers with serious looks on their faces. No one was talking; everyone waited silently to hear what they had to say. Jen B. had called an emergency meeting not five minutes before, and after the initial chatter of "Do we actually have those?", each Scholastic employee had put down whatever they had been working on to turn towards the trio with varying degrees of interest.
Len and Gavin looked expectantly at Jen B., but their expressions quickly turned to looks of horror as she pointedly stepped aside and gestured at the two of them to take the floor. Her face (though clearly hiding a smirk) told them quite clearly, 'this is your mess, you get to explain'.
After a fruitless moment of silent pleading and unwavering stares, Len and Gavin exchanged a nervous look. Turning to face the others, Gavin took a deep breath.
"Guys...first off, I swear that I'm not making this up. Everything I'm about to say is 100% true," he started, earning him a wave of raised eyebrows and piqued curiosity. Gavin swallowed, but he steeled himself and plowed on. "Six of the Cahills appeared out of the 39 Clues books in the conference room about an hour ago, as real and breathing as I am right now. Amy, Dan, Ian, Sinead, Jonah, and Hamilton stayed just long enough to find out that they were fictional here in our world, and then they ran out. We don't know where they've gone, but we need to find them before they cause any damage here or learn anything that could mess things up in their world. They're smart, and resourceful, so we need to hurry. We'll all have to work together to bring them in before anyone else realizes that they're here, so we're going to need all of your help."
Gavin caught his breath after his impromptu speech, staring out hopefully around the room. Beside him, Len mirrored his expression as he too looked over all of their assembled co-workers.
There was a silence. The admins blinked. Gaped. Stared.
...And then the room erupted into laughter.
A sinking feeling grew in Gavin's chest as he exchanged a weary look with Len. This was going to be a long day.