Who would have thought something like this would happen on an ordinary school day in October?
It had all started out the same as usual: Jason had crossed the main road and gone into the street opposite his. This was actually walking away from school but Toby’s parents both left for work early and Jason had to make sure his friend was up and about. Just like every morning Toby had messed around putting his school things together and Jason had asked himself for the millionth time why his friend couldn’t get organised the night before. Then they’d set off. They’d had to wait ages to cross the main road and now they were hurtling down Marsh Lane trying to get to the school entrance before the second bell.
“Come on, step on it,” Jason shouted. “We don’t want another prefects’ detention this week.”
But they’d had to stop. There were several police cars blocking off the road. Loads of their fellow students from Phoenix High were gathered behind some blue tape and there appeared to be smoke coming out of the ground.