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Chapter 4 of "Some Changes Are Good"

"Linds, you don't know how lucky you are. Oklahoma was so incredibly boring!"

Donna paused. "What?" she asked as she closed her closet door. "I know I said I would write! I'm sorry! I had no time and..." she sat on her bed. "Let me make it up to you. We'll go to the mall tonight and see a movie my treat." she paused. "Okay, come over in 10 minutes. Bye." Donna hung up the phone and ran downstairs.

"Mom! I'm going to the mall with Lindsay, k?"

"Donna, please come here." her mother said.

Donna walked into the family room, where her parents were sitting on the couch.

"What's up?" she asked.

"Donna," her father began. "What did you think of Oklahoma? I mean really think of it?" her dad asked in a serious voice. Donna thought it might be a trick question, so she lied.

"It was great!" she answered enthusiastically. "Just great. Why?"

Her mom smiled at her dad. Then she turned to Donna.

"Because your father and I have decided we are going to move there. Tulsa, Oklahoma to be exact. A lot of our clients live in or near Oklahoma, so we wouldn't have to commute as much. We'll be able to have much more family time! Now doesn't that sound great?" Donna's mother asked her, a wide grin on her face.

Donna stood rooted to the floor, stunned. "Wwwwhat?" she sputtered. "We're moving?" Then her emotions took over.

"How could you guys? All my friends are here!! I am not leaving. Do you hear me? No way! You guys can go, but I'm staying!!!"

Donna ran, tears blinding her, up to her room. She slammed the door shut and fell on her bed, crying. She cried for a good 10 minutes, until she heard the doorbell ring. Donna quickly dried her tears and stood up. She looked at herself in the mirror and saw her face was blotchy and her mascara had run.

"Damn," she whispered, as she heard Lindsay coming up the stairs. Donna bolted down the hall into the bathroom.

"Donna?" she heard her friend call. "Where are you?" "Be right there Lindsay!" Donna managed to choke out.

She turned to the sink in the large bathroom and washed her face. She then re-applied her makeup, and then stepped out of the bathroom. She saw Lindsay standing at the top of the stairs, staring at her watch.

"It's gotta be a record," she said smiling. "Come on," she said as she pulled Donna down the stairs. "Bye Mr. and Mrs. Wilson!" Lindsay yelled to Donna's parents as she pulled Donna out the front door.

The mall was in walking distance, and Lindsay talked the whole way about her new boyfriend, Alex. Donna didn't hear any of it. She was thinking about how upset Lindsay would be. They had been best friends for as long as Donna could remember. It would be hardest leaving Lindsay.

"Donna? Are you okay? You haven't said anything the whole way. What's up?" Lindsay interrupted Donna's thoughts.

"We're moving," Donna said in a flat voice. No beating around the bush ; just plain and simply put.

"What??" Lindsay gasped. "Where? When?"

"I don't know when, but we're moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma."

"Oh man Donna. I am so sorry!!" Lindsay exclaimed. "I can't believe you're really moving!!"

"I know," Donna said. "I hate my parents for it." The mall appeared over the horizon.

"Come on," Lindsay said. "There is one thing in the world that will make anyone happy! A new Leonardo DiCaprio movie, MY treat!" She smiled and then remembered something. "Hey Donna, doesn't that new band Hanson or whatever live in Tulsa, Oklahoma?"

"Oh great," Donna groaned. "That song MMMBop or whatever it's called is always on the radio ; it is so annoying!!"

They stepped through the revolving doors into the mall. "C'mon. Let's get over to the theatre," Lindsay said as she dragged Donna through the mall. "It's starting soon! And I am not one to miss a second of a Leonardo movie!!"

Donna smiled in spite of herself. Her friend's obsession with Leonardo DiCaprio always cracked her up. "I sure hope I make a friend like Lindsay in Tulsa," Donna thought. "Or else I'll be miserable."



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