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Chapter 12 of "Growing Up"

Donna stepped out of the van. She grabbed Taylor's hand and pulled him out. Zac rolled his eyes as he walked past them.

"You think you guys could possibly let go of each other for a few seconds? You've been holding hands the whole ride home!" Donna smiled.

"You're just jealous Zac," Taylor said.

"Yeah right," Zac said sarcastically. "I'm soooooo jealous of you Tay." Taylor shrugged his shoulders. Donna let go of Tay's hand and walked to the back of the van to get her stuff. Taylor followed her and pulled her suitcase out while Donna slung her bookbag over her shoulders. "I'll bring it up," Taylor said, as Donna reached for the suitcase. Donna smiled.

"Thanks." she said as they walked over to her house.

Donna opened the front door and walked up the stairs, with Taylor following her. Donna walked down the hall and pulled open her bedroom door. She threw her bookbag on her bed. Taylor placed the suitcase on the floor. Donna fell onto her bed and closed her eyes.

"Thanks Tay," she said.

"No problem," Taylor said. "You tired?" Donna opened her eyes.

"Exhausted. I think I'm going to take a nap," she said.

"Oh okay," Tay said. "Maybe you want to come over later and hang out?" Donna nodded.

"I'll call you in a little while, k?" Taylor nodded. Donna stood up, and she and Taylor shared a quick kiss.

"See you later," he said, exiting Donna's room. Donna smiled to herself, and shut her door. Knowing her mother was at work, she screamed as loud as she could to get her emotions out. Donna was officially giddy. She twirled around her bedroom until she felt dizzy, and fell back onto her bed. She laughed out loud at her hyperness. "Life is good," she commented to herself, as she drifted off to sleep.

Taylor closed the front door and ran up to his room. He opened the bedroom door and found Isaac and Zac playing Nintendo. Taylor walked over to his bed and flopped down. "Hahaha!!" Zac exclaimed, raising his hands in victory.

"You lose!" he exclaimed. Isaac tossed his controller to the floor, and climbed up to his bed.

"Where were you Tay?" he asked. Taylor rolled over to face the window.

"Walking Donna home," he said.

"Ooooo...Tay you're such a rebel," Zac commented. Taylor tossed a pillow at Zac. "Shut up Zac," he said. "Like I said before, you're just jealous."

"Yeah Zac," Isaac said. "Get a girlfriend man!" Zac frowned.

"You guys both know there are millions of girls who want me. I just don't want any of them.....as of right now anyway."

"Oh quit flattering yourself," Taylor said.

"Hey you know I'm an expert," Zac said.

"Yeah we know," Ike commented. "So Tay, did Donna say anything about your little performance?" Taylor rolled over.

"Yeah I guess she liked it," he said.

"You guess?" Isaac said.

"Okay she thought it was really sweet and that's that," Taylor said. "Why do you always butt into my personal life?"

"Feeling a little tense Tay?" Isaac asked.

"Shut up," Taylor said.

"And besides, I WAS the one who gave you the idea in the first place," Ike said. "Yeah whatever," Taylor said.

"So....Lover Boy," Zac said. "Is Donna coming over today?"

"Yeah what's it to you?" Taylor asked.

"Just wondering," Zac said. "Maybe I'll invite someone over too."

"Who?" Isaac asked.

"Maybe Kim," Zac said. Taylor started laughing, and Ike joined in.

“What's so funny?" Zac asked in a hurt voice. Taylor and Ike composed themselves.

"Sure Zac," Taylor said holding in his laughter. "You go ahead and invite Kim over."

"Yeah, Kim over is a GREAT idea," Isaac said. "But don't you remember what happened last time you invited her over?" Zac thought about it for a second, then made a face.

"Oh yeah," he said. "She nearly killed me!" Taylor shook his head.

"You're such a baby," he said. "She was only trying to kiss you." Zac shuddered at the thought.

"Exactly my point," he said. "Okay, so I won't invite anyone over."

"Is it okay if I invite Jess over too?" Isaac asked.

"No one's stopping you," Taylor said. Isaac got up to go call Jess, and Taylor got up to get something to eat.



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