Sabrina's new series has been delayed by the Hub (I've read either September or October, haven't seen any ads on the air yet), so, to tie you over, let's return to where we left off after our last adventure.......... All characters, save for incidentals I've created, are copyright Archie Comics/Filmation/Dreamworks Classic. ==================================================================== Chapter 1: They say competition is good for business. Unfortunately, Edna Mae McDermott doesn't believe in that axiom anymore. Edna owns and operates the Style Barn, which has been a primary tenant at the Center City Mall since it opened 30 years ago, but before that, the Barn was housed in the same building where New Dimensions Fashions currently is located, becoming the latest tenant in the building since Style Barn moved out in 1983. Since that time, 15 other businesses, mostly clothing stores except for the last tenant, a dance studio, have opened, but closed within 2 years or less, while Style Barn has thrived in its larger surroundings. However, Edna isn't content with her success. It seems she believes she still owns the building she left behind, and will go to any lengths to force other tenants out. The reasons why have never been made clear. Until now. A week before Labor Day, Betty Cooper & Sabrina Spellman were busily preparing the fall season displays at New Dimensions on what otherwise was a day off for the two teens. The store had been closed on Sundays, but would soon add Sunday hours in anticipation of early Christmas sales toward the end of the year. Just before the girls were ready to leave, Sabrina happened to find something in a cabinet beneath the sink in the washroom. "Betty!", she called. "Take a look at this!!" The two met in the storeroom, where Sabrina was dusting off a strongbox that had been housed in the cabinet for what seemed like forever. "What could be inside, Sabrina?", Betty asked. "Only one way to find out.", the teen sorceress replied. Since Betty was the only one of her classmates privy to her secrets, Sabrina didn't have a problem using her witchcraft to open the box. Once she did, the girls' eyes widened with shock and, then, excitement. There was a lot of money in the box. "$250,000!", Betty exclaimed. "A cool quarter of a million! This can help the store immensely!" "Yes, but that explains why someone tried to break into the store the other night.", Sabrina replied soberly. "Two thieves tried coming in through the back door right as I was leaving. Of course, they were so clumsy, they tripped the burglar alarm and fled like a couple of scalded dogs." "You didn't happen to....." "Guilty. I turned them into dogs until the police arrived with a dogcatcher.", Sabrina said, chuckling as she recalled the incident. "3rd time this month someone's tried it." "Very strange that someone would keep trying to rob us.", Betty replied. "We've been open less than three months." "But it fits the pattern I read about. Every business that was here before us was run out in 1-2 years by someone constantly trying to break in or hassle the staff." "Then the only thing to do with the money is turn it over to the police." "Exactly, and I can get us there in no time." Sabrina closed the box, locked up the store, and teleported herself & Betty to Riverdale Police Headquarters. Sergeant Dennis Clancy couldn't believe his good fortune. "Faith & begorra!", he exclaimed. "We've been trying to find this box for 30 years, lassies!" Clancy then recounted how the First Riverdale Bank had been robbed in January 1983. The thieves were later caught trying another robbery, but the money from the earlier holdup had never been recovered. Until now. As soon as Police Chief Robert Bolling heard the news, he took the money into custody, and promised the girls they'd be rewarded, after the money was returned to the bank the next day. News of the recovery reached the Style Barn on Monday, leaving Edna McDermott in shock. "Incredible!", she exclaimed to her sister and business partner, Elaine. "I thought Erwin had buried that money somewhere before the police caught him." Erwin was Edna's ex-husband, who died in prison without ever revealing where the money was hidden. Edna had searched the building over and over again without success, and never gave it a thought that the money was in the least likeliest of places. "Whatever possessed Erwin to rob that bank in the first place?", Elaine asked. "He was greedy.", Edna replied. "He wasn't satisfied living in the lap of luxury. Meant for me to have the money if anything happened to him, but now, it's back in the bank where it belonged." "Surely you're not thinking of taking that money back?" "No. There's no further need to hassle those kids at New Dimensions. They found the money, and they did the right thing with it. I was against Erwin stealing that money in the first place." "But. There's a but, isn't there?" "But they're still competition. If we start losing business, then we'll put the full court press on them." ================================================================== It's hard figuring Edna out, isn't it? While no one's going to be sneaking in at New Dimensions just yet, time may change everything, as we'll see in chapter 2.