NORTH VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL LOS ANGELES
11:43 A.M. Mr. Geary had to be kidding.
It was literally moments
before the last bell was supposed to ring on the last half-day of classes—three seconds to Christmas break and the holidays and freedom—
and the earth science teacher was handing out homework with every indication that he expected people to be paying attention. Had he finally lost it?
“He must be insane,” Lila Beckwith muttered to her lab partner, Denny. She took the handout with a heavy sigh and scanned the first page, picking out the words...