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Chapter 21 of "Growing Up"

"Isn't there anything else on?" Isaac asked.

"Why don't you check?" Taylor asked. He was laying on the couch in the living room, his head buried under a pillow. Isaac shrugged and picked up the remote, and started to flip through the channels.

"...Tulsa, Oklahoma..."

"Wait!" Zac exclaimed. "Put that back!"

Isaac flipped back to the channel that had mentioned their town. They watched in silence as they were given details about the plane that had crashed in Missouri.

"NOOOO!!!"

Taylor picked his head up quickly. "What the hell was that?" he asked.

"It sounded like it came from next door," Zac commented.

Isaac quickly got up and ran to the kitchen. He stepped out onto the back porch and listened carefully. He heard faint crying coming from Donna's house. He ran over to Donna's house and pounded on the back door.

"Donna?" he called. "Are you okay?" There was no answer, except more crying. "Donna!" Isaac yelled. He turned the doorknob, and found that it was open.

Isaac pushed the door open, and found Donna sitting on the kitchen floor, sobbing hysterically. Isaac ran over to Donna and put his arms around her.

"Donna," he said in a soothing voice. "What's wrong? Why are you crying?" Donna looked up at him, her face blotchy, and tears streaming down her red cheeks.

"Lindsay....plane...crashed....I said I hated her! That was the last thing I said to her before she...." She began to cry again.

"Oh my god," Isaac muttered, after realizing that Lindsay had been one of the passengers on the plane that had crashed. "Jesus Christ," he said. "Donna I am so sorry. Please stop crying."

"Ike what happened?" Isaac heard a concerned voice ask. He turned to see Taylor and Zac standing at the door. "Why is Donna crying?" Zac asked. Isaac shook his head, and turned back to Donna.

"This can't be happening," Donna cried. "She couldn't have been on that plane. They must have made a mistake. It can't be true."

"Holy shit," Taylor muttered.

"What?" Zac asked.

"Lindsay was on that plane that crashed," Taylor explained.

"So?" Zac asked, still confused. "Why is she crying?"

"Because Lindsay died you idiot!" Taylor hissed.

"Whoa," Zac said.

Donna, who had calmed down, let Isaac help her up. She and Isaac stood in the middle of the kitchen and hugged each other.

"Donna?" Taylor asked. "Are you all right?" Donna pulled away from Isaac.

"Taylor..." she began, and stopped. She took a deep breath and managed a smile.

"Thanks Ike," she said.

"No problem," Isaac said. "Are you sure you're okay?" Donna nodded.

"But I need to talk to Taylor." Isaac nodded and stepped away from her.

"Come on Zac," he said. He and Zac left the house, and Donna looked at Taylor.

"I'm sorry," Taylor said.

"It's not your fault," Donna said.

"No, I mean about everything that happened...last night." He walked over to Donna. "Please let me explain." Donna sighed and wiped her eyes.

"Come on," Taylor said, taking her hand.

"Fine," Donna said. "Tell me why Lindsay was all over you last night, and why you let her do that EVEN THOUGH you have a girlfriend who loves you. I thought you loved me too Taylor. Was that a lie?"

"No!" Taylor exclaimed. "I DO love you! But, see, when Lindsay came in the room, the lights went out a split second later. And I swear to god, I thought she was you! She never said she wasn't. And I..."

Donna placed her hand over Taylor's mouth.

"Taylor I truly believe that you would never lie to me," she said. Taylor smiled and nodded. "So I am trying very hard to believe you..."

"You mean you don't believe me?" he asked.

"I would like to," Donna said. "But come on. It's not like you were resisting her."

"I told you!" Taylor exclaimed. "The lights were out, and I thought she was you."

"Taylor you KNOW I would never go as far as to try to unbutton your pants. We barely even kiss. Did you SERIOUSLY think that Lindsay was me?"

"I guess I wanted to," Taylor admitted. "I really wish you were more like her. I was kind of...enjoying myself." Donna glared at him.

"Did I say the wrong thing?" he asked.

"VERY wrong," Donna said. "Do I not satisfy you Taylor? Is that it? Do you want to go as far as having sex? Because if you do, then I suggest you find a new girlfriend. Because I sure as hell am not going to go that far."

"Stop," Taylor said. "I really don't want to fight anymore. Please believe me..." he paused. "Oh man," he muttered.

"Now what?" Donna asked.

"I thought Lindsay was you, and she thought I was...Isaac," Taylor said. Donna gave him a look.

"You're pushing it Taylor," she said.

"No I'm serious," Taylor said. "Don't you remember what she said after she fell off of the bed? I believe her exact words were 'Holy shit! You're not Isaac!' Remember?" Donna thought for a few minutes.

"Oh god," she said. "You're right! She did say that." Donna shook her head and looked at Taylor. "You are telling the truth," she said. Taylor nodded. Donna sighed. "I'm sorry Taylor...it just...looked..."

"No I'm sorry," Taylor said. "I'm always pushing you, and I feel really bad about it. From now on, I promise, things will go slower. Okay? Just let me know if I'm going to fast and I'll stop." Donna smiled and pulled Taylor into a hug.

"I love you," she whispered.



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