DISCLAIMER TIME! I don't own Hey Arnold, which belongs to Viacom, Nickelodeon and Craig Bartlett!

I've just bought the complete series on Hey Arnold, and after rewatching some of the episodes in the series, I had completely forgotten how I loved this show! How heartwarming, funny, and sometimes tragic this show was... especially in the characters. Arnold, Gerald, Helga, Phoebe... and my favorite character in the series, Rhonda. For some reason, I always love the alpha witches who show themselves off in style and think that everything is... 'in'. Maybe that's why I like characters like Heather from Total Drama... as for why I love the alpha witches, well, there's a love/hate relationship between them... for example, I don't like Minto from Tokyo Mew Mew, but I LOVE Heather from Total Drama and Rhonda from this series...

Anyway, getting back on-topic, this is basically an AU story, one with a simple premise... 'What if Helga did not exist?' Before you go all out with the flames and constructive criticism, hear me out. I LOVE Helga, I love her backstory, don't get me wrong. I just want to do a story that focuses on a world where Helga doesn't exist, and instead of her pining for Arnold, SOMEBODY else will. Who will that be? Well, you'll have to see for yourself.

Anyway, here is the prologue to the story! Read and enjoy!


I don't know what is happening to my life that turned it upside-down, but ever since HE came into my life as a kid, I couldn't help but... well, pay attention to him.

Usually, I would NEVER take interest in a boy that's of the lower-class, as I am in the higher-class... but something about this boy intrigues me. Maybe it's how laid-back and cool he is. Maybe it's his willingness to help others out, even if they have treated him badly. Sometimes, he'll have an overactive imagination, but sometimes, he can tone it down at times. And the bullying caused by one of our classmates... sure, the bully's not a BAD bully, but even when bullied or threatened, the boy will always find a way to turn things around...

Yet why do I find him... attracted to him? It doesn't help that I've had an interest in him since pre-school... now, we're in PS118, fourth grade, and even though I should be pining for someone of the higher class, I'm still attracted to the boy with the green shirt and red kilt... is it a kilt? I've always wondered about that. Still, he is a nice boy...

I'm no stalker, but whenever I see him nearby, I would shyfully hide in the bushes, watch him for a bit, and sigh. It feels a little... different, just looking at this boy that my heart is always pining for. This lower-class boy that I'm not supposed to take interest in...

Yet, why does my heart ache? The only ones who know my secret are my three friends... and they are very supportive of me...

I want to tell him how much I love him... but I have my reputation to uphold here! I am, after all, Rhonda Wellington Lloyd, one of the richest girls in the world! Well... maybe someday...

For now... I've got some rehearsals for the play I need to do... I know Arnold is surely there... oh man, why did I have to cast him? I want to say good job to him and his friend, but I'm always so snappish. Maybe it's the stress calling out, maybe it's because I'm nervous... who knows?

What matters, though, is the fact that this play HAS to be a huge success... hopefully, everybody does a good job... especially Arnold... my crush...


And there is the first chapter of this! And before you say, "This is a retelling of all Hey Arnold, except without Helga"... well, yes, it kind of is. But everything will be different unlike last time. How will it go down? Well, you'll see as the story goes along! How was it? Anyway, read and leave any constructive criticisms, either good or bad reviews, or any type of review. Thank you for reading, until next chapter!