It was starting to get late, and Nancy wasn't sure what to do next. At this point, it seemed like all she had to do was find lost things, such as the lost Edgar Allen Poe book or the lost picture of Rita Hallowell and her cat.
While Nancy was considering what to look for next, she got a text message. This one was a picture of Corine and Izzy, looking like good friends. The message with the picture said Chk out the nu gal pals!
"Izzy and Corine are friends now?" Nancy asked. That was somewhat odd. After all, Corine was apparently a social outcast, just like Rachel or Mel. Why would Izzy Romero, AKA Miss Popular, spend time with Corine?
Another text message soon followed. This one read 3 wrds re gal pal pic, geniuses - FAKE FAKE FAKE! - Iz
Nancy decided to go back to her room to talk to Corine. Corine was playing a princess dress-up game online, but as soon as Nancy entered the room, she switched to another webpage and pretended to be working on her English essay.
"Hey, Corine," Nancy said.
"Hey, Becca," Corine said. "I haven't seen you all day. What have you been up to?"
"Oh, the usual," Nancy said. "Going around the campus, getting to know where everything is, having Leela force me to play twelve air hockey games in a row..."
"Sounds like a busy day," Corine said. "I've been busy with my homework."
"I see that," Nancy said. "So anyway, what's this I hear about you and Izzy being friends all of a sudden?"
"You got the text?" Corine asked. "Oh my gosh, wasn't that so cool? There I was, hanging with my new BFF, Izzy Romero!"
"Yeah, but..." Nancy said. She tried to think of a polite way to say what she wanted to say. "Izzy seemed to think the picture was...faked."
"Oh, no, it's real," Corine said. "I definitely have friends in real life, and thanks to that picture, the whole school knows it. Sure, Izzy's probably feeling a little annoyed by all this attention, but that's her problem."
"Who sent the text message, do you know?" Nancy asked. "I couldn't tell because it was anonymous."
"It wasn't me, if that's what you're asking," Corine said. "I'm guessing Izzy sent it."
"Then immediately denied it," Nancy said.
"Uh...yeah," Corine said. "She may be my BFF, but she's also kind of odd."
The odd thing is that this school lets people send anonymous text messages to all the students, Nancy thought. You'd think they would monitor that kind of stuff.
Nancy yawned. "I'm kind of tired after my flight today," she said. "I think I'll go to sleep early. Good night."
Nancy turned off the lights on her side of the room, then crawled into her bed and fell asleep.