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Chapter 11 of "Some Changes Are Good"

Donna knocked on the front door. When no one answered, she pushed it open.

"Hello??" she yelled.

"Up here!" she heard Ike yell. "In our room!"

Donna went up the stairs and over to the boys bedroom. The scene was chaos. Isaac had his suit and a t-shirt on, but was wearing only one shoe. He was running around the room looking for the other one. Every 5 seconds he would call out to no one in particular, "Has anyone seen my shoe?" Taylor was standing in front of a mirror brushing his hair. Zac was running around the room, literally. He was calling out "We're going to the park! I'm gonna ride Batman!" over and over again.

"GUYS!!!" Donna yelled. Everyone stopped what they were doing and looked at Donna.

"Hey Donna!" Tay said. "Didn't hear you come in."

"I wonder why," Donna said.

"WHERE is my shoe??!!" Ike exclaimed.

"Hey Ike," Donna said. "I think that's your shoe on the bed." Ike walked over to the bed and put his shoe on.

"Thanks," he said.

"No problem," Donna replied. "Are you guys ready now?"

"Wait!" Tay said. "I need something to tie my hair back with." Donna spotted a rubber band by her foot and picked it up.

"Here Tay. Catch!" she said as she tossed the rubber band to Taylor.

"Thanks," he said as he pulled his hair back into a ponytail. "Let's go!"

They went downstairs and out to Ike's truck. They piled in, Ike and Zac in the front, Tay and Donna in the back. Ike turned the engine on.

"Hey Ike. Could you pick Jess up?" Donna asked.

"Sure," he said as he backed out of the driveway. A few seconds later they pulled into Jessica's driveway. She was sitting on the front porch. She got up and ran over to the truck.

"Hey guys!" she said as she squeezed in next to Donna, which caused Donna to scrunch against Taylor. "Sorry!" she said laughing.

"No problem," Tay replied.

"Are we there yet?" Zac asked.

"Don't start Zac," Ike said pulling out of the driveway. "You know it takes at least a half hour to get there." He turned on the radio. Paula Cole's "Where Have all the Cowboys Gone" filled the truck. The five sat in silence until they arrived at the park. Everyone got out. Zac was extremely hyper.

"So Zac," Donna began. "I guess you like coming here huh?" Everyone laughed. Upon entering the park, Donna spotted Batman the Ride.

"Hmmmmm...." she said. "Now what should we go on first?"

"Batman, Batman, BATMAN!!!!" Zac yelled.

"Okay, okay!" Donna said laughing. So the group walked through the park towards Batman the Ride. When they arrived, they found there was only a very short line.

"Let's ride in the front!" Jess said. They waited only 5 minutes. Then they sat down in the order Ike, Jess, Donna, Taylor, and Zac. Zac was now silent. Donna leaned over.

"Scared Zac?" she asked.

"No way!" Zac said. The ride started.

"Here we go!" Ike exclaimed. As the ride slowly made its way up the steep hill, Donna grew nervous. She had ridden Batman at least 20 times in her life, but she always got scared. Suddenly, the hill dropped, and the ride really began. Donna screamed along with the rest of the group. At the end of the ride, Zac was hyper as ever.

"That was AWESOME!!" he yelled. "We gotta go on again!!!"

"Maybe in a little while," Taylor said. "I want to go on Skull Mountain."

"What's Skull Mountain?" Donna asked.

"It's a roller coaster in the dark." Taylor said. "It's my favorite ride!"

"Sounds like fun!" Donna exclaimed.

They walked over to the large building with a skull on the front. They had to wait on another small line. The ride only fit 2 people to a car, so Ike went with Jess, Donna went with Taylor, and Zac sat by himself. When the ride began moving, it made a loud noise that startled Donna. She grabbed Tay's hand without knowing it.

"Calm down!" Tay said laughing. "The ride hasn't even started yet!" Donna relaxed, but she didn't let go of Tay's hand. Soon the car came into pitch blackness. Suddenly, it dropped down a steep hill. Donna shrieked and closed her eyes. Not that it made a difference, since it was already dark. At the end of the ride Donna was still holding Taylor's hand. They got off and decided to go on some water rides.

**AUTHOR’S NOTE : I am not going to bore you with the details of every single ride they went on. So just picture them going on a bunch of rides okay?**

A few hours later, the group was sitting at a small table eating pizza. Zac finished first and announced he was going to go get more. So Ike, Tay, Jess and Donna sat in silence as they ate their pizza.

"Hey I have an idea!" Ike suddenly said. "The four of us should do something together, like go on a double date or something. Then we can show Donna what all the teenagers do around here."

"Good idea Ike!" Jess said.

"Jess, will you be my date?" Ike asked grandly.

"I’d be honored," Jess answered. They both turned to Donna and Taylor.

"Taylor? Don't you want to ask Donna something?" Ike said.

"I was going to!" Tay said in an annoyed voice. "Donna will you be my date?" he said looking at her.

"Of course," she answered.

"Great!" Ike said. "How about tomorrow? Is everyone free?" Donna and Jess nodded. "Cool. Donna why don't you come over around 7, and then we'll pick up Jessica."

"Actually, I was going to ask Jess if she wanted to sleep over." Jess nodded.

"Sounds good. I just have to go somewhere with my mom when we get back, but I'll come over around 8:00, k?"

"Okay," Donna said.

"We should get going," Ike said looking at his watch. Zac walked back over to the table.

"Zac hurry up and eat," Tay said. "We're leaving." Zac pouted.

"Why do we have to leave?" he asked.

"We'll come back soon, I promise," Ike said.

"Fine." Zac finished his pizza quickly. Then the group got up and headed towards the truck. On the way there, they heard shrieks coming from behind them.

"Uh oh," Tay said. Donna turned around and saw 7 teenage girls running towards them.

"Run!" Tay yelled.

"It's the scream squad!!" Zac screeched as they began running towards the truck. Everyone got in and locked their doors. Ike peeled out of the parking lot.

"Does that happen often?" Donna asked Taylor, who was sitting next to her again.

"Only every time we go somewhere," he answered. Zac turned the radio on. Some song Donna had never heard before came on. A few minutes later "MMMBop" began playing.

"Turn it up!" Jess said. Ike turned the radio up full blast. Everyone began singing along. The song ended as Ike pulled into Jessica's driveway.

"Later guys! I'll be over around 8 Donna," she said as she got out. Donna moved over so Tay could have room to breathe. A few seconds later, Ike pulled into the Hanson's driveway.

"Mom and Dad still aren't home?" he said to himself as he turned off the engine. "Oh well." Donna slapped her head.

"I forgot my key!" she exclaimed. "Now what am I going to do?"

"You can stay in our house until your parents get home," Zac said.

"Thanks," Donna answered. "They should be home soon." Isaac pulled a key out of his pocket and unlocked the front door. They walked in and went into the family room.

"Hey Zac," Tay said. "I think Beavis and Butthead is on!"

"YES!!" Zac yelled as he turned on the t.v. He and Tay settled down right in front of the television. Ike and Donna sat down on the couch.

"You want me to tell them to move?" Ike asked Donna.

"No, don't bother. I don't really like this show anyway." They sat in silence for a few minutes.

"Hey since neither of us like this show, would you play some more music on the keyboard for me?

"Sure," Donna answered as she and Ike got up.

"We'll be in the basement," Ike said to Tay and Zac. Zac said nothing, and Tay kind of nodded. So Donna followed Ike down to the basement.

"Have you been working on "With You in Your Dreams"?" Ike asked Donna. Donna nodded.

"I have it almost perfect."

"Well, let's hear it," Ike said as he sat down on the couch. Donna stood behind the keyboard. Having memorized the song, she began playing. When she finished, Ike clapped enthusiastically.

"That was really good!" he said.

"Thanks," Donna said.

"Say, can you sing?" Ike asked.

"Ummm....well," Donna began. "I really have no idea. I sing when I'm by myself, so I really don't know."

"Well, why don't you sing the song while you play, and I'll let you know if you're any good," Ike said.

"Okay," Donna said. "But I'm warning you, I'm probably not that good." Donna began playing again. The she began singing.

"If I'm gone when you wake up, please don't cry. If I'm gone when you wake up it's not good-bye...”

Donna sang through the whole song. When she finished, she looked at Ike expectantly.

"Well?" she asked "How bad am I?" Ike looked at her amazingly.

"You're not bad at all!" he exclaimed. "You're great!! Your voice is just like Tay's only a little higher, and more feminine, obviously."

"Cool," Donna said. "And I thought I sucked."

"No way! You're awesome!" Ike exclaimed. "I bet you would harmonize well with Tay." he walked over to the stairs. "Hey Tay!! Zac!! Come here!!"



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