It's the first day back at school after winter break, and instead of some ugly thing from Salon Z, Virginia wears a polyester orange shirt she bought in Seattle.
Alyssa compliments her hair, which feels great, and when the principal calls the students to the auditorium for a meeting, Virginia and Alyssa sit together.
Brie Newhart is there, but she's not sitting with the other Bri-girls. She's sitting alone, looking pale and sick; in her usual seat sits a girl named Brittany.
Bad news: Mr. Moony died of a heart attack.
The principal wants to have a moment of silence, but a guy in the back stands up and starts singing a song about a bright and shiny moon, and everyone joins in, humming if they don't know the lyrics. It's a fitting tribute.
On the way out of the auditorium, Virginia runs into Ms. Crowley, who's crying.
She apologizes for getting angry at Ms. Crowley when she suggested Virginia stop coming in at lunch, and Ms. Crowley apologizes for overstepping her boundaries and gives Virginia a book.
It's called Body Outlaws, and it's about women with tattoos and piercings.