Now, as she sat in the cafeteria, listening to the outraged cries of her fellow students, she opened her eyes. The color drained from her vision, like paint running in lines down a white canvas. The yellow cafeteria walls, the bright red trays on the long, wooden tables, and even the people around her, shifted into black and white versions of themselves.
Maisy smiled. She knew the principal was a generous lady. Maisy had once helped her find her missing keys, and she had gotten three lollipops from the candy drawer that was usually reserved for teachers. That hadn’t even been a real case! But, this was a big case. She wondered how many cherry lollipops Principal Hollendar would give her for solving it.
Of course, like the other students, Maisy also loved the little mice that had become the elementary school’s mascots. The official mascot of West Valley’s high school and middle school was actually a rather vicious looking tiger. The elementary students were officially known as the tiger cubs. But, last year, Lizzie Franklin had liberated some live mice from her brother, who had intended to feed them to his pet snake. She had brought them to school and asked the science teacher, Mr. Brown, if they could be class pets. After the full story came out, Principal Hollendar had insisted that Lizzie return them to her brother, since she had stolen them. But, her parents had agreed to let Lizzie keep them at school as long as the principal and science teacher approved. Both of them had, and the little mice became quite popular. The students had started seeing them as sort of unofficial mascots of the elementary.
“Earth to Maisy. Come in Maisy.” Maisy laughed as she realized she had been lost in thought. Veronica stood and picked up Maisy’s tray. “What are you doing?” Maisy asked. “Well, don’t you have a case to solve?” Veronica replied, raising her eyebrows in curiosity. Maisy just smiled, nodded her head, and rescued her lollipop she had been saving for dessert from the tray Veronica was about to dump. She unwrapped it, and savored its delicious flavor for a moment before exiting the cafeteria.
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