“No where to hide now, girlies,” the spy said under his breath.
His walkie–talkie beeped quietly. “Do you see them?” a voice crackled over the radio.
“Yeah, boss,” the spy said.
“Good work, Jasper. You may begin the plan.”
“They’re right in front of me,” Jasper informed his boss. “Starting the plan now.”
He slid silently out of his hiding place.
Meanwhile, the girls were still talking. “Where are we going to go?” Maddi asked.
“That’s a very good question, Maddi,” Amy said. “Any ideas?”
“How about a babysitter?” Ellie suggested. When she saw everybody staring at her like she was crazy, she did her best to explain. “Well, like an au-pair.”
“What’s that?” Amy asked.
“Um, I don’t know. Someone similar to a babysitter, I guess. Maybe, just maybe, we could live with one.”
“We’ll keep that in mind,” Lily promised.
Just then, Regan saw someone in the shadows. It was Jasper, the spy. When she saw the words ‘Stark Laboratory’ on his jacket, she screamed. “Run! Run!”
“I’m coming to get you!”Jasper yelled, running toward them.
The girls all jumped up and ran, not bothering to grab their bedding.
But Ellie just couldn’t keep up. She was so tired; she couldn’t run very fast at all.
And Jasper was getting closer by the second to re-capturing her.
Regan couldn’t let that happen. She turned around and ran faster than she had ever run before.
Regan pushed off the ground and tackled Jasper.
She landed on him. Hard.
Jasper fought her, trying to take her prisoner again, but she wiggled out of his grasp.
Regan got up and ran, but Jasper stuck his foot out, tripping her.
She fell to the ground with a loud crack! Regan let out a high-pitched cry.
Regan tried to get up, only to fall down again.
Right when Jasper was about to pounce on Regan, Amy came up and punched him in the face!
Amy helped Regan up and they got away as fast as they could.
They rejoined their friends, thinking they were safe. But then they heard foot steps!
They ducked into a dark alley, and Amy helped Regan lie down.
“What’s wrong?” Amy asked as soon as Regan was settled. Everyone had heard that crack.
“It–it’s my ankle,” Regan managed.
Amy reached down and touched it gently. Regan grimaced, and bit her lip to keep from crying again.
“I–I think it’s broken,” Regan said in a barely audible voice. “You have to leave me.”
“No,” Amy said. “I’m not leaving you.”
“You have to leave me!” Regan insisted, pushing herself up so she could look Amy in the eye.
“Regan, we’re not leaving without you. No man, er, woman, left behind.”
Jasper’s footsteps had run past the alley. Amy helped Regan up and they were on their way.