As always, please read the issue before continuing.
Nasty gets to return to school, this time at an exclusive school for girls in Rochester. But, before I get started with the meat of the issue... Anne's assumed surname, for the sake of Nasty's undercover work. The issue was written prior to August of 2001, when The Princess Diaries was released to theatres. I may have heard ads and made the subconscious connection between "Anne" and "Hathaway". May. Who knew the actress would go on to be popular?
Naming coincidences aside, Anne and Nasty now get to pose as mother and daughter. Nasty is now about three levels deep in secret ID. The school uniform becomes another annoyance for Nasty; she feels exposed in a short skirt. It's not that Nasty hates skirts. It's been established, through her actions and thoughts, that she doesn't like how her body looks. Nasty also doesn't like feeling exposed, in part in rebellion from her mother. Back at Seward in New York, Nasty took the pants option with her school uniform. The option doesn't exist for her at her new school.
Nasty's preference for small groups appears as well. Rusty, Jessica's new best friend, has to work hard at drawing more than one word from the new girl, even with the new girl knowing she has to be friendly. Nasty's new classmates get introductions, both with full names and with nicknames. Note that Nasty compares both her old schools. With the grand entrance of Cynthia and Emily, Nasty believes she has her suspects. She just needs proof, thus the arc that has begun. Will Cynthia and Emily make a mistake that reveals them as the villainous pyro twins, Cinder and Ember? Can Nasty catch them before they start setting the world on fire? Later issues have the answer.
The final scene has Nasty finishing her Phys. Ed. class and meeting her new friend for lunch. Rusty, naturally, wants to get to know Jessica a little more. The new girl could be interesting, could be dull. Once Rusty has gone to get her lunch, Nasty starts realizing how much she doesn't really fit in; a brown bag lunch that she made when everyone else buys lunch is a huge factor, especially when a school is targeted for the upper income parents. The enormity of what is happening finally gets through Nasty's outer shell.
Tomorrow, Nasty continues her investigation to find the Pyro Twins.
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