Prologue:

Oh Please Tell Me You're Lying

Ned's life ended that fateful summer day when his mother talked on the phone. He didn't know it at the time, but he found out soon enough about the biggest disaster since....well, since forever. There hadn't ever been something as ground-shaking as what his mother told him when she hung up.

What did she tell him, you ask? Well, she informed him that Billy Loomer would be staying with them for a week while his mother went on a trip.