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Chapter 19 of "Growing Up"

"This is great!" Isaac exclaimed as he opened another present. "I always need more guitar picks! Thanks Matt!"

"No prob man," Matt said from across the room.

It was after 10:00, and Isaac was just about finished opening his presents. Donna smiled and leaned her head on Taylor's shoulder. He put his arm around her and gave her a quick kiss on the cheek.

"This one is from...Donna!" Ike exclaimed. He glanced at Donna and grinned. Donna smiled back. Isaac examined the present, shook it, and looked it over.

"Open it already!" Donna exclaimed from the couch. Everyone laughed and Isaac proceeded to rip open the wrapping paper.

"Nice!" he exclaimed as he pulled a green long sleeved shirt out of the box. "This is really cool Donna."

"You like it?" Donna asked. Isaac nodded his head enthusiastically.

"Definitely! It's perfect! I can't wait to wear it. Thanks!"

"You’re welcome! Happy Birthday Ike!" Donna said.

"Only one person didn't give me a present," Isaac said, eyeing Jess. Jess laughed.

"You'll get your present later," she said with a sly grin.

"Woohoo!" everyone yelled. "Go Ike! You the man!" Isaac laughed.

"Donna," Taylor whispered in Donna's ear. Taylor's warm breath tickled her ear, and she felt chills go up and down her back. She turned to face him.

"Yeah?" she asked.

"Can we go somewhere else? Where we can be...alone?" he asked. Donna eyed him.

"What are you thinking about Tay?" she asked jokingly.

"I'm hurt Donna," Taylor said with a smile. "I just want to be alone." Donna looked around the room for Lindsay, and spotted her talking to three guys. She smiled and rolled her eyes.

"Donna? You coming?" Taylor asked.

"Where are we going?" Donna asked, as she allowed Taylor to pull her up off the couch.

"Up to our room," he said.

"All right," Donna said. "But don't you try anything funny, you hear?" Taylor crossed his heart.

"I promise," he said. "Come on."

Lindsay laughed along with Joe, Rick, and Steve, the three guys she had met.

"That was so funny Joe!" she exclaimed as she put her hand on his shoulder.

"I know," Josh said, still laughing. "Can you believe she actually dumped him just because he wanted to watch a football game rather than go shopping with her?"

"I wouldn't be caught dead shopping," Steve commented.

"Yeah. Football is WAY better than shopping," Rick added. "Hey, did you guys catch the game last night?" Joe nodded enthusiastically.

"The Giants KILLED the Redskins!"

"I missed it," Rick said. "What happened?"

Lindsay rolled her eyes and looked around the room for Donna. She didn't see Donna, nor any other familiar face anywhere. Lindsay stood up.

"Excuse me guys," she said. "I'll be right back." But the three guys were so engrossed in their conversation that they didn't even hear her. Lindsay walked away and, making sure no one saw her, slipped up the basement stairs.

"Come on Taylor," Donna mumbled. "Cut it out." Taylor got off of Donna and sat on the edge of the bed.

"Come on yourself," he said. "You don't want to do anything. I'm beginning to wonder if you really do love me."

Donna crawled across the bed and kneeled behind Taylor. She wrapped her arms around him and lay her head against his back.

"I do love you Tay," she said. "But I don't want to rush things. Can't we slow down?" Taylor turned around and faced Donna. He reached up and touched Donna's cheek.

"Donna," he said. "I have liked you for 5 months now. You are my first real girlfriend. I'm just trying to show you that I care about you." Donna smiled and took his hand.

"Taylor I know you care about me. And I care about you too. But....," Donna sighed. "Oh I don't know. You're my first real boyfriend, so I guess we're in the same boat."

"You've never had a boyfriend?" Taylor asked incredulously. Donna shook her head. "A knockout like you? A gorgeous, beautiful..." Donna rolled her eyes.

"Sucking up isn't going to get you anywhere," she said, falling back onto the bed and closing her eyes. Taylor lay down beside her. Donna propped her head up on her elbow and looked at Taylor. She smiled and shook her head.

"What?" Taylor asked innocently. Donna laughed.

"Come here you," she said, pulling Taylor over to her. She put her arms around his neck and kissed him. Taylor put his arms around Donna. Suddenly, she broke away and smiled.

"Now what?" Taylor asked.

"Nature calls," Donna said, standing up. "I'll be right back."

“I'll miss you!" Taylor said. Donna shot him a look and exited the room, closing the door behind her. Taylor lay back down and shut his eyes. A few seconds later, he heard the bedroom door open.

"That was quick," he commented. Suddenly, the lights went out. Screams came from the basement.

"Uh oh," Taylor said. "Power's out." He stood up and walked slowly towards the bedroom door. "You still there?" he asked.

"Yeah," a female voice said in the darkness.

"Never fear love," Taylor said with a fake British accent. "I will come to you ; pun not intended." He heard Donna laugh like he had never heard her laugh before. He felt in the darkness until he touched Donna's shoulder.

"Come on," he said, leading her back towards the bed. He sat down, and pulled Donna with him. "Everything okay?" he asked. "You're awfully quiet."

Suddenly, Donna pushed Taylor down onto the bed so he was laying on his back. She got on top of him, and began to pull his shirt off.

"Wow," Taylor said. "Our bathroom must have some kind of powers. Powers that make teenage girls..."

"Shut up," Donna said breathlessly.

"Hey you're the boss," Taylor said. Donna pulled off Taylor's shirt and threw it aside. She lay on top of him and began to kiss him forcefully, and Taylor kissed her back. He pulled Donna's shirt off and tossed it to the floor.

"Taylor?" Donna asked.

"Yeah?" he asked breathlessly.

"Why are you out of breath?" she asked. "And what happened to the lights?"

"Why do you sound so far away?" Taylor asked.

Just then, the lights came back on. Donna gasped when she saw Taylor, shirtless, with a shirtless Lindsay on top of him, kissing his chest. She felt tears well up in her eyes.

"Taylor!" she exclaimed tearfully. "How COULD you?!"

Taylor, whose eyes were still adjusting to the sudden bright light, looked around the room, and saw Donna standing by the door. He looked down, and saw Lindsay unbuttoning his pants.

"AAAAAH!" he screamed and pulled away from Lindsay, causing her to fall off the bed. He looked back and forth from Donna to Lindsay.

"Holy shit!" Lindsay yelled, looking up at Taylor. "You're not Isaac!"

"But...how...I thought..." Taylor stuttered. He looked at Donna, and stood up. "Donna, I can explain!" he exclaimed. "It's not what it looks like!" Donna held up her hands.

"Save it," she said. "Because as of right now, I am not speaking to you. And our relationship is OVER!" she ran out of the room.

"Donna wait!" Taylor exclaimed. He glared at Lindsay. "This is all your fault!" he said angrily. "What the hell is wrong with you?" he asked.

"Hey you were getting into it too hun," Lindsay said as she pulled her shirt over her head. "And besides, I thought you were Isaac."

"Get out!" Taylor yelled. "Get out now!!"

"Gladly," Lindsay said, standing up. She left the room, and pushed passed Isaac, who was walking down the hallway. He entered the bedroom with a confused look on his face.

"What happened?" he asked. "Jess and I were...were..."

"Were what Ike?" Taylor ventured.

"Nevermind," Isaac said. "Anyway I heard a scream, and I just saw Donna running out the door, crying." Taylor fell onto his bed and buried his head in a pillow.

"Man I really screwed up this time," he mumbled.

"What happened?" Isaac asked.

"I don't want to talk about it," Taylor said.

"Okay then," Isaac said, as he walked out the door. "Let me know when you do. I'm going back down to the party." Taylor waved his hand, signaling for Isaac to leave. Isaac shrugged and walked back downstairs to his party.

"Damn it," Taylor said, sitting up. "How the hell did that happen?"

He turned around and looked out the window. Donna's blinds were shut, and the lights were off. Taylor fell back onto the bed and stared at the bottom of Isaac's bed. He slowly drifted off to sleep.

Donna pounded up the stairs and entered her bedroom. She collected all of Lindsay's things and threw them out into the hallway. Then, after slamming and locking her door, Donna ran over to her bed and fell onto it, crying hysterically.

"Donna let me in!" Lindsay called, pounding on the door. "Let me explain!"

"Forget it Lindsay!" Donna screamed. "Our friendship is over! Tonight you can sleep downstairs, and I want you out of this house before I get up tomorrow!"

"But...." Lindsay began.

"I hate you! GO AWAY!!" Donna screamed.

Donna's phone rang, and she ignored it, letting the answering machine pick up.

"Donna? This is your mother. I can't imagine where you are this late at night...." Donna ran across the room and picked up the phone. "Mom?" she asked after she picked it up. "I'm sorry...I was asleep....okay...yes...yes....no...Oh come on!...I know....How much longer?" Donna sighed. "Okay....yes...all right...love you too....bye."

Donna hung up the phone. Her mother was caught up with her work, and wouldn't be coming home until the next week. Donna walked over to her dresser and took out a T-shirt. She quickly changed into it and walked back over to her bed. She crawled under the covers and slowly drifted off into a restless sleep.



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