The 48th story in the Falling Into College series by Richard Lobinske. The story occurs during early August, 2001.
After spending the day shopping with his six-year old daughter Ariel, Nick takes her home while she talks about a blue dress she saw, but Nick couldn't afford to buy. Conversing with his ex-wife Sara, Nick learns that with their daughter starting school, he needs to earn more money to support his daughter. Quinn prepares to return to California, accepting that her old friends are drifting apart. Nick starts a new job eaves Mystic Spiral. Quinn and Fran move into their suite at the Theta Theta Theta house, along with the other residents, Grace and Tammy. Mystic Spiral's troubles mount as they hold auditions to replace Nick.