Whoa. We’re a little weirded out about the fourth guide thing—even thinking about another guide shakes us up way more than we’d like to admit. Even Nia looked freaked and she can’t admit to ever getting upset. Anything is possible with Amanda, as you guys know, but Amanda didn’t give her a chameleon, right? And where was she during our detention? But Amanda and Susanna could definitely have been friends all along, as Jrmadcedonio, kimchan1020, and SarahB think. And if trumpetgirl’s handwriting analysis is right and Susanna is the one looking for Amanda, it would mean they were closer friends than any of us realized. Maybe no one ever noticed because like PoshKat said—Susanna was always overlooked.
This excellent analysis really reminded me of when Callie realized she was not the only the only one in Amanda’s special little club, which of course our favorite I-Girl did not like. Ha-ha. Although, I gotta say, it was a bit of a body blow for all of us!
. . . but before I could finish my sentence, Nia cut me off.
“But you don’t seem to understand, Mr. Thornhill. None of us is even friends with Amanda Valentino.”
I jerked my head to stare at her. On the one hand I knew Nia was telling the truth. I knew it. How could Amanda have been friends with someone so . . .well, so weird? And she’d never even mentioned Nia, not once. Of course they weren’t friends.
But there was something about the way Nia’s face was whiter than the school mascot and how tightly she was clutching the arms of her chair that made it seem as if she were lying. Which would mean she and Amanda were friends. Only that was . . .
Impossible. . .