Okay, loyal followers, things are gonna start to get screwy here. The first section of Chapter 2 in the original edition is our first instance of a moved scene: it’s placed at the start of Chapter 3 in the revised edition — which, honestly, makes a lot more sense. In the scene, the portal in Ravenswood opens, and a herd of Black Fire-poisoned animals stumbles out. Adriane, Stormbringer, and Lyra help the new refugees as best as they can, but are startled by the brief appearance of a strange, multi-colored horse thing.
Meanwhile (or before this happens, if you have the revised edition), Emily walks the Pet Palace dogs to Stonehill Middle School’s first football game of the year. She can’t shake the feeling that something horrible is going down at Ravenswood. Unfortunately, game day probably wasn’t the best day to bring the dogs to the game, because they all jump on Mrs. Windor. This pisses off everyone’s favorite city council member to no end. (Remember, children: kicking a dog — or just calling a nice dog who wants love-ups a “mangy mutt” for no reason — flags a character as a Not Very Nice Person.)
Anyway, Emily makes her way to the bleachers, and feels increasingly crampy and feverish. She spies a creepy, ghoulish face in the crowd, which freaks the shit out of her. Luckily, the Catty Girls and Cool Dudes find Emily and let her sit with them. The Cool Dudes act all chivalrous and ask Emily how she’s doing, Joey asks Emily where Adriane’s at, Molly wonders if one of Emily’s dogs could be Stonehill Middle School’s mascot, and the other Catty Girls make a snide comment or two.
Then the crowd starts the wave, Emily’s Rainbow Jewel goes on Detect Evil overload, and a surge of magical energy generated by said wave causes Emily to black out. Oh noes.
Next time: Kara makes a phone call.