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Chapter 32 of "Some Changes Are Good"

Donna opened her eyes. She looked at her clock and saw it was 12:30 in the afternoon.

"Aaahhh...I love sleeping in," she said.

It was Donna's birthday. The Hanson's had left yesterday for London. Donna got up and stretched. She put on a pair of cutoffs and a blue baby-tee. She walked downstairs barefoot. She walked into the kitchen, only to find a note on the table. She sighed and walked over to it and picked the piece of paper up.

"Donna - We are so sorry, but we have to work. We'll be home around 8, then we'll go out to dinner to celebrate your birthday. Love always, Mom and Dad P.S. - Your present is in the basement."

Donna threw the note down and ran over to the basement door. She opened it and was greeted with a bark. A small golden retriever puppy ran up the step and right into Donna.

"Awwwwwww.....," Donna said as she picked the puppy up. "What a cutie!" she exclaimed. She walked with the puppy into the living room and sat down with it. "Now what should I call you?" Donna thought a while. "How about...Maddy," she said. The dog let out a loud bark. Donna laughed. "Okay I guess you like it!" The phone suddenly rang. Donna picked it up.

"Hello?" Donna said. "Oh hi mom! Yeah I got it. Thank you sooo much," Donna paused. "Right now?" "Okay, bye." Donna hung up the phone.

"Come on Maddy. I have to take you for a walk," she said as she went down into the basement to get the leash. She hooked it onto Maddy's collar and opened the front door.

Donna walked Maddy down the street and turned a corner. Suddenly, she was flying through the air. She landed hard on the pavement.

"Oh man. I am so sorry. Are you all right?" a voice said. Donna looked up and saw a guy wearing rollerblades.

"Yeah, I think so," Donna said getting up.

"Oh good. I am such a jerk. I should have been watching where I was going," the guy said.

"Really, it's okay," Donna said.

"You know I haven't seen you around here," the guy said. "Are you new?"

"Yeah. I moved here a few months ago."

"Do you have a name?" the guy asked.

"Oh sorry. My name is Donna. What's yours?"

"Josh," the guy said.

"Well nice to meet you Josh," Donna said. "The pleasure's mine," Josh said. "This your dog?" he asked, motioning to Maddy. Donna nodded. "Just got her today. She's my birthday present."

"Today's your birthday? How old are you?" Josh asked.

"Turned 15 today," Donna said with a smile.

"Cool. I'm 15 too." Josh was now rollerblading beside Donna as she walked with Maddy. "So where do you live?" Josh asked her.

"Next street over," Donna said. She studied Josh. He could have been a football player. He was stocky and tall, at least 5'10". He had blue eyes and curly light brown hair. And when he smiled, dimples appeared in both cheeks. "He's cute," Donna thought to herself. She and Josh talked as they walked. By the time they got back to Donna's house, they were like old friends.

"Hey Donna," Josh said. "I don't want to be straight-forward or anything, but would you like to see a movie or something sometime?"

"Sure!" Donna exclaimed. "That sounds great!"

"Okay how about tomorrow night?" Donna nodded enthusiastically.

"That sounds good. Come on in and I'll write my number down for you."

Josh followed Donna into her house.

"Nice house!" he said.

"Thanks. Let me go write down my phone number," Donna said as she went into the kitchen. She grabbed a piece of scrap paper and wrote her name and number down. She walked back to Josh and handed him the paper.

"Here you go," Donna said.

"Great. I'll call you," Josh said as he opened the door.

"Okay, nice meeting you Josh!" Donna called as he bladed down the driveway. He waved as he bladed away. Donna shut the door and sighed happily.



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