Any experienced journalist knows not every investigation leads to a story, let alone a great one. With five leads, one would be unreliable, two parrot back the latest headlines, and one forget to reply. Sarah Jane has other problems, though. Just because some strange events are caused by aliens doesn’t mean they all are–but it sure seems that way recently.

The Christmas Day fireworks: an invading ship.

Shop-window dummy attacks: Autons (like she’d ever forget them).

If only she could find something suitably normal to turn in to her editors, but that would have to wait. There was something odd at Deffry Vale–strange lights, odd test scores, just the sort of low-profile setting that would be perfect for a plot.

If not, she could turn it in for once.