What is it going to take to get Michael over Mia Thermopolis?

I mean, the girl's three years younger than him, his sister's best friend, and happens to be taken. But Michael still isn't over her.

I mean, we get along great. We're both going to Columbia, we're in the Computer Club, we even look somewhat alike…but Michael's crazy about Mia.

And it's not just that she's a princess. Michael's had a thing for Mia for years, but somehow, no one talked about it. It was one of those taboo subjects that you never bring up.

I've had a crush on Michael for years, so when Mia started going out with Kenny, I figured that maybe I had a shot.

I asked him out, and he said yes, and we had a great time. He even kissed me goodnight. That night I finally thought that Michael had gotten over her. That he actually felt something for me.

Two days ago, I was over at his house when Mia stopped by.

Even a blind man could see the way Michael's face lit up when she walked in. His face didn't-and still doesn't-lit up when I walk in.

I really can't understand it.

I mean, I'm-at risk of sounding really conceited-not Lana Weinburger, but I'm pretty. I've got dark eyes and hair, and my skin is pale.

Personally, I think it's her eyes Michael's in love with. They're this really pretty shade of gray, and fringed with amazing long lashes that I'd kill to have.

Right now, I'm watching Michael watch Mia and Kenny kiss. Michael's face is like an open book. Everything he's feeling is shown on his face.

Right now, I feel like screaming.

What does she have that I can't give?

Why won't he get over her?

Why can't he see me as more than a friend?

I watch as Kenny shoots Michael a triumphant look. Yeah, Kenny knows about Michael's thing for Mia, and he's not too happy about it.

I ought to hate the girl, but I can't. Even though she's a princess and all, she acts like everyone else. Plus, even as I hate to admit it, she's never even tried to lead Michael on or anything.

But sometimes…I think that Mia's not as happy with Kenny as everyone thinks she is. I don't think that it's a coincidence that every time Kenny tries to kiss her, she quickly turns her head so all he gets is cheek and a mouthful of hair.

I mean, I've cloned a fruit fly in my own house. I get straight A's, and I'm going to Columbia. I've always flattered myself that I could figure out anything I wanted to.

But the relationship between Mia and Michael has got me baffled.