In February of ninth grade, Allisen falls head-over-heels in love with Dimmy Deeves. Well, I guess it isn’t exactly accurate to say that she falls in love with him, because she doesn’t really know him at all. But she definitely has a big, big, big crush on him. Have you ever had a crush on someone who you don’t really know, but who you just think is really cute?
After briefly meeting Dimmy, Allisen becomes obsessed with him. She barrages Stivre with questions, trying to find out everything she can. She keeps her eyes out for Dimmy everywhere she goes. She can’t stop thinking about him. Every time she thinks about him, she feels really bouncy and happy and excited. Every time she sees him, her entire day lights up. All she can think about is that she has to get to know him better, and she has to go to the dance with him.
Allisen gets to talk one-on-one with Dimmy on two different days. She uses these opportunities to ask him questions and tell him a little bit about herself. Think about how Dimmy interacts with her on these occasions. Does he give any clues about whether he is or isn’t interested in her?
Allisen keeps working as hard as she can to get Dimmy to notice her, hoping he will ask her to the dance. When time is running short, she decides she has no choice but to ask him. Then she sees him coming toward her, and she thinks he’s about to ask her to the dance—until he walks right past her and she turns around to see him kissing Vee.
It hurts, but there comes a point in time when you just have to face the truth. Even when the truth is something like “He never liked me in the first place, and it was a complete waste of time for me to get my hopes up about him asking me to the dance, because he already has a girlfriend and it’s my worst enemy.”