Living Proof (That No Good Deed Goes Unpunished)
Lanie saved her student's life on Senior Prank Night, but broke her back and blunted some of her semi-pseudo-superhero powers.
Now it's four years later, and Lanie's orderly life is starting to fall apart.
Her brothers are living with her while their parents are out of the country on another book research trip.
Not so bad, but their parents have missed two check-in phone calls already.
The newspaper where Lanie works has been taken over by a conglomerate she now refers to as the Evil Empire -- and she loses her beloved school sports beat, to write the (gag) lovelorn column.
Then Col. Hayward shows up to say their parents have vanished ... near the Bermuda Triangle.
A series of increasingly nasty pranks lead her to believe someone is out to get her.
But worst of all, Christmas is only a few weeks away and she hasn't started her Christmas shopping or her holiday baking spree.
It's enough to make a semi-pseudo-superhero hang up her cape!
Oh, yeah, she never had one to begin with ...