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Chapter 32 of "Growing Up"

“I’m home!” Taylor announced happily as he entered his bedroom, only to find Isaac lying face down on his bed.

“That’s great Tay,” he said. “Do you want a medal or monument?”

“Both,” Taylor said as he sat on his bed. “What’s wrong with you?”

“I’ll give you three guesses,” Isaac moaned. He rolled over and faced the ceiling.

“You know Ike,” Taylor said. “Just because you aren’t with Jess anymore does not mean you should live in our bedroom for the rest of your life.”

“I’m just going to wait for her to come here, begging for me to take her back,” Isaac said, relishing in the thought.

“I hate to break it to you, but I don’t think that will happen,” Taylor said in a reasonable voice. “There are other girls out there you know.”

“Yes, I know that Tay,” Isaac said.

“Me and Donna are going to the mall tomorrow,” Taylor said. “Why don’t you come with us? Maybe you’ll meet someone there.”

“You’re just asking me cuz you need a ride,” Isaac pointed out.

“True,” Taylor said thoughtfully.

“I guess I’ll go,” Isaac said. “It’s not like I have anything better to do.”

“Boys! Dinnertime!” Diana called from the first floor.

“Come on Ike!” Taylor exclaimed. “I’m starving.”

Isaac dragged his weary body out of his bed and followed Taylor out of the room.

The next day :

“Thanks for driving us Ike,” Donna said as she climbed into the truck beside Taylor.

“No problem,” he muttered, pulling out of the driveway.

Donna glanced at Isaac, then at Taylor. She gave him a questioning look, and he shook his head.

“I’ll explain later,” he mouthed, and Donna nodded.

A few minutes later, Isaac pulled into the mall parking lot. The three teens walked across the parking lot and entered the mall.

“Where to first?” Taylor asked.

Donna shrugged.

“Let’s go to The Wall,” Isaac said. “I need to see if they have a c.d. I want.”

Donna nodded.

“That sounds good. I’d like to browse there too.” she said.

A few hours later :

Donna, Taylor, and Isaac walked down the stairs to the first floor of the mall. Isaac had “volunteered” to carry all the bags, (In other words, Taylor and Donna had piled their bags into his arms) and was having trouble seeing where he was going.

“Hey Ike,” Donna said, noticing he was struggling. “You want some help?

“Naw...” Isaac said. “I’ll live.”

Just then, he tripped on a step, and went tumbling down the stairs.

“Oh my gosh,” a female voice said, full of concern. “Are you okay?”

Isaac opened his eyes, and found himself staring up at the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. She had straight, shoulder length blonde hair and big, sky blue eyes. She was thin, and looked about 17 years old.

Isaac shook his head and snapped out of his daze. He realized he was sitting on the floor and quickly stood up. He could feel his face get hot.

“Are you okay?” the girl asked again.

“Yeah I’m fine,” Isaac said, managing a small smile.

“Ike you all right?” Donna asked as she and Taylor walked up to where Isaac and the girl were standing.

“I’m fine!” Isaac exclaimed. “Jeez.”

“Well excuse us for being concerned,” Taylor said. He noticed the girl standing next to Isaac and smiled.

“Hi there,” he said brightly. “What’s your name?”

“Skylar,” the girl said with a smile. “But everyone calls me Sky.”

“Nice to meet you Sky,” Taylor said. “I’m Taylor, this is Donna, and the boy who literally fell at your feet is Isaac.”

“It’s great to meet you all,” Sky said.

“So what are you doing here?” Isaac asked, who had finally found his tongue.

“,” Sky said.

“OH,” Isaac said. “I guess that makes sense, since this is a mall and everything...” he trailed off. “Well, it was nice to meet you guys,” Skylar said. “But I should really be going.”

“Bye Sky,” Taylor said.

“Maybe we’ll see you around,” Donna added.

Skylar nodded and smiled. She turned around and began to walk away. Isaac ran after her.

“Sky wait!” he said. He caught up with her, and she turned and smiled at him.

“Yeah Isaac?” she asked.

“Ike, please,” Isaac said, flashing her a smile.

“Okay Ike,” Sky said. “What is it?”

“Oh! Umm...I was wondering, if maybe you would like to, you know, hang out sometime.”

“That sounds great!” Sky exclaimed. “Let me give you my number.”

She reached into her purse and grabbed a pen. She took Isaac’s hand, and wrote her phone number on it.

“Okay I’ll call you soon,” Isaac said.

“Okay,” Sky said. “Bye Ike!”

“Bye...” Isaac said, a dreamy look in his eyes..

He felt like he was walking on air as he strolled back over to where Donna and Taylor were standing.

“I think someone’s in love,” Donna whispered, a smile playing on her lips.

“You’re telling me,” Taylor replied. “Ike? IKE?!”

“Yeah?” Isaac replied in a dreamy voice.

Taylor rolled his eyes, and Donna laughed. She grabbed Isaac’s hand and pulled him along as the three headed for the mall exit.

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