As Mrs. Hertz’s class continued to be filled with boring statistics and complicated formulas, Sissi sat at her lab table with a serene look on her face, almost as if she were daydreaming. In fact, she was daydreaming, all about her and her upcoming rendezvous to meet her mystery guy she had been chatting with all this time.
Sitting back in her chair, Sissi continued to guess as to who could be this mysterious guy could be. But in the moment, another blip appeared from the the chat window on her laptop from DiggityDog7 with a message that read, “Stuck in Mrs. Hertz’s class right now. Thinking about you though makes it easier to get through… See you tonight…”
Hearing his mentioning of being in Mrs. Hertz’s class right now, the girl decided to put her detective skills to the test, and tried to figure out who was this mysterious boy that was chatting from her class right now.
Looking around the room, most of the boys seemed to be too dazed to be chatting with anyone. Going back to the message she received earlier, it was at that moment that Sissi’s brain had a logical thought come up, whoever was chatting with her had a computer handy at that moment, and she once again began to survey the boys.
She didn’t have to look far though, as suddenly Mrs. Hertz noticed that only one of the boys was not looking up at the board, but rather looking at a computer screen.
“Odd Della Robbia!” she shouted. “Put that computer away, and pay attention to what I am saying!”
With a swift motion, Sissi’s vision darted over Odd’s way and she noticed him quickly close his laptop screen. And with that one moment of distraction, it became clear as day to her that her cyber-Romeo was none other than the one she had called scrawny for so many years.“It can’t be!”
she thought. “Odd Della Robbia is my mystery guy?!”
Suddenly, the bell rang ending class, and the girl quickly ran out of the classroom in a fit of confusion, completely taken aback by her realization of the guy she was falling for.
Completely unaware of her surroundings, Sissi ignored Herve and Nicolas without stopping to insult them and made her way to her room with the door locked behind her.
As she threw her bag against the wall near her bed, the principal’s daughter lay back on her bed and said, “This can’t be true, it’s not possible! How could Odd Della Robbia be the guy I’ve been talking with this whole time?
“It doesn’t make sense,” she continued staring at their chat. “I would have never taken Odd as someone who likes poetry, let alone that mushy stuff I found online. I didn’t even know he enjoyed getting a laugh from Yumi and Ulrich like I do when they act all awkward around each other.”
Sitting up, she put her laptop back in her lap and continued to think aloud saying, “Plus there’s the fact he never ceases to insult me whenever we see each other. I mean he could at least say ‘hello Sissi,’ every once in a while without us going straight into more insulting.
“But I still don’t get it,” she continued. “Why is it that whenever I see him or insult him, or just talk to him, my heart starts beating so fast and I can’t think straight? Even when he walks away with his friends, I feel like I want to just grab him by the shoulder and tell him I’m sorry and I don’t mean it.”
Caught up in the whirlwind of emotions she was feeling right now, Sissi began to think something she would’ve never thought was possible with someone like Odd Della Robbia, “Could it be true? Could it be after all we’ve said and done to each other, I might actually be falling for Odd Della Robbia?"
As she pondered this thought, another chat response came in from her laptop from DiggityDog7, though now it was no longer necessary to think of him by that name anymore.
However, instead of something more romantic appearing in the chat window, the response she got was something that caused Sissi’s heart to skip a beat, more so at the sheer irony of how it summed up what was stirring in her heart…“‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.’ Wish I had known that phrase before writing the equations for my math homework on my science homework… X) Why do textbooks always have to look the same?! See you in a little while. ”
Even in her state of confusion and trying to sort out her feelings, the black-haired teen let out a slight laugh at Odd’s little gaffe. But it was at that moment, when that very phrase made Sissi take a serious second look at how she thought she felt for the boy she thought was simply scrawny and lame.
Perhaps it was possible. Maybe her feelings were something different than hatred towards Odd. Maybe after all this time, she only knew the boy from what she saw on the outside, but didn’t know who he really was inside; and that all it took was a faceless medium to reveal their true selves to each other.
After she sat and silently thought for about another few minutes, Sissi finally realized what her true feelings were towards Odd, and knew that the only way to make it official, was to note it in her diary.“Dear Diary,”
she wrote. “Had the most revealing of moments today in science class. It turns out after all the chats exchanged online, my mystery guy ‘DiggityDog7’ turned out to be Odd Della Robbia this entire time.
“At first I didn’t know what to think. First I was surprised, then I was angry, and then I finally calmed down and thought things out.
“All this time, I thought Odd was supposed to be just the boy who I would call scrawny and who would insult me back calling me an airhead (I still don’t like that insult). But the truth is, he’s neither of the two. He’s actually very funny and he’s energetic like me. And… I can’t believe I’m gonna say this… but he’s actually… pretty cute. I mean he’s not like a model or anything, but I actually find him attractive.”
And after nearly four years of insults tossed, jokes made, and harsh looks given, Sissi admitted how she really felt about Odd Della Robbia, “I guess, what I’m really saying is… well… I like Odd. I don’t mean that I just like him, but, I actually like-like him. And tonight, I’ll make sure he knows that. - Sincerely yours, Elisabeth ‘Sissi’ Delmas.”
And with that, the girl closed her diary and noticed that it was nearly two hours till she would meet up with Odd. In a quick flash, Sissi ran for the showers to get herself all ready to meet up with her no longer mysterious cyber-Romeo.