Here's Chapter Three of The Mystery of the Broken Heart. In this chapter, George calls Bess.
Ned decided not to visit Bess the next day, and it took approximately twenty minutes for Bess to become bored out of her mind. She tried drawing, she tried cooking, and she even tried messing around on the Internet, but nothing worked.
Halfway through the day, Bess got a phone call from her cousin, George Fayne. Happy for something to do, Bess answered the phone. "Hey, George! How's New York?"
"What's wrong with you, Bess?! What are you thinking?!"
Bess had to hold the phone away from her ear, afraid that her eardrums would break. "I take it you heard what happened."
"I thought you and Ned were planning Nancy's surprise party!" George said.
"We are!" Bess said. "But we couldn't tell Nancy that, so we just sort of...went with the worst cover story ever."
"Wait, seriously?" George asked. "I mean, seriously? Why would you pick secret boyfriend as a cover story?"
"What makes you think it was me?" Bess huffed. "It could have been Ned's idea!"
"Fine, it was me. But I couldn't think of anything else at the time, and Nancy was jumping to conclusions!"
"I just got off the phone with Nancy," George said. "She's really mad, but she's also kind of...weird."
"Weird? What do you mean?"
"I mean, Nancy didn't sound like her normal self. It was like her brain was underwater or something. At first, I thought it was because of you and Ned, but I get the feeling there's more to it than that."
Bess shivered. "You...you don't think the ghost has somehow gotten to Nancy, do you?"
"No. There's no such thing as ghosts."
"Sure, you're not afraid of ghosts, but not me! I need Nancy as my ghost protection shield! And the shield doesn't work if the ghosts are making Nancy act all crazy! George, we have to do something!"
"I think the only thing you need to do at this point is tell Nancy the truth. The last thing she needs right now is a distraction."
"Yeah, I know..." Bess said. "But I don't know what to say to Nancy. Besides, Ned said he'd take care of everything."
"You'd better hope he does," George said. "Otherwise, instead of a birthday party, you should be planning a funeral."