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“Well, at least take my car. I don’t want you to go to the trouble of calling your driver. Besides, you can’t take a limo to the supermarket.”

“Alright.”

“Oh, dear, before I forget, let me introduce you to my other children so they’ll stop standing there like complete idiots. This is Noah.” She pointed to the guy, who was by now munching on a turkey sandwich. He half waved. “And this is Pinina.” The blonde girl looked horrified.

“Muh-ther! I’ve told you like, 80 million times, my name is NINA!” Nina turned to me. “Hi, I’m Nina.” She held out her hand and I shook it. Noah finished his sandwich and grabbed a set of keys off a hook on the wall.

“Mom, I’m going to pick up Shannon. I’ll be back before eleven.” His voice surprised me. It was the first time I had heard it and it was a striking voice. Not overly deep, but when you grow up in a house of girls and guys whose voices are a tad bit on the high side, deeper voices surprise you.

“So Taylor,” Nina said.

“Tay.” I said back.

“Okay, So Tay, since you have to go out anyway, how’s about I show you the main attractions of this godforsaken little town.”

“Sounds good to me.”

“You’ll have to drive though, I failed my drivers test so now I have to wait to take it again.”

“Okay.” I flashed an ‘I know I’m sexy’ grin at her.

“Taylor, before you start hitting on me, there’s something you should know. I’m bi.” I paused for a second, surprised, then spoke.

“That’s cool.”

“Seriously? You’re okay with it? You’re not gonna freak out on me like most people do?”

“Nah, I’ve got 3 gay cousins and I’ve been suspecting Ike for some time.” *Authors note: I personally have NOTHING against Isaac, I just needed to take one of Tay’s siblings and pretend that they’re gay…also I have NOTHING against gay people, and if you do, you shouldn’t be reading this story, plus, the gay/bi guys are always the hottest…hint hint*

“Cool. I have to confess though, I’ve always thought you were gay.”

“Rilly?”

“Yeah. So you’re really not gay?”

“Nope, I’m definitely into girls.”

“Not even bi?”

“Dunno, never experienced the other end of the spectrum.”

“Well, from what I’ve heard from my gay guy friends, you’re missing a lot.”

“Perhaps.” Pause. “Where’re your mom’s keys, I have a bunch of stuff to pick up.”

“Like what?”

“CD player, some CDs, a new pair of boots, school junk, etcetera and soforth.”

“School stuff?”

“Yeah, I’m enrolling at the local high school, then in the afternoons I’ll be working on the store.”

“Cool beans, what grade?”

“Senior year is what I tested a few weeks ago.” *Author’s note: I have NO idea what grade Taylor is supposed to be in right now, what with the home schooling and whatnot…*

“Kick ass! You’ll probably be in a lot of me and Noah’s classes, they do it alphabetically. You know, Handell, Hanson…”*authors note: THANK GOD the Amherst Regional High School doesn’t work this way…I’d be SERIOUSLY screwed*

“Rockin’ the party! Though I’ll most likely be the youngest one in most of my classes, I won’t be 18 until March.”

“S’okay, me and Noah, we’ll protect ya!” Nina grinned. She grabbed the keys off the table in the front hallway and we began our journey into Amherst, a.k.a. college student central.

The first place Nina took me was Newbury Comics. It was a medium sized store with creaky wooden floors and a high warehouse ceiling. As we walked in I saw a girl with flaming red hair and an oversized navy blue sweatshirt walk out. I could just barely see 3 CDs in her pocket and I chuckled to myself. I glanced at the cashier who had long purple hair and then made my way to the Rock/Pop section and began my mystical quest for the new Green day album which I had been told was supposed to rock the party.

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