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While flipping through the ‘G’s’ I accidentally came to the ‘Hanson’ section. They had 1 copy of This Time Around and a cracked copy of Middle of Nowhere. Nina came up behind me.

“You sure have a big ego.”

“Hey, I was looking for Green Day’s new album!”


“I’m serious!”

“Whatever Taylor.”

She held up a copy of Warning.


“So Taylor, are you into Dr.Martins?”

“Is the Pope Catholic?”

“I’m beginning to wonder.”

“Heh.” She led me over to a large Dr.Martin display. “SCORE!”


“They have the pair I’ve been looking for FOREVER! They were out of them while we were in London.”

“Which ones?”

“The black and white ones.”

“Dude, those are hot shoes. Lemme get Mike to help you.”


“The shoe guy here.”

“Okey Dokey Smokey!” She gave me a funny look and about a minute later she came back with a guy who had blue hair.

“Hey, I’m mike, the ‘shoe guy’”

“I’m Taylor, the Mmmbop guy.”

“Thought you looked familiar.”

“Yeah…” There was a slight pause in the conversation. “Do you have these in a 13?”

“Lemme go check.” Mike disappeared into the back room. Several minutes later he returned with a yellow Dr.Martins box. “You’re in luck my man. This guy who used to work here, André, ordered a pair of these in a size 13 for himself, and was fired before he paid for them. So not only do we have them in your size, but you also get a discount because they’ve been labeled as used even though they’ve never been worn.”

“Sweet, oh hey, can you tell me when the new Orgy album is going to be released?”

“Woah, you’re on a roll. We just got a shipment of them because it was released today.”

“Nice, I’ll have to buy one of those as well.”

“Alrighty, I’ll stick the shoes behind the counter so you can look around a bit more.”

“Thanks.” I walked to the back of the store and went to the animé shelf of the book section and grabbed 3 volumes of Ranma ½ including the newest one, volume 15. Then I looked at the T-shirts and discovered a Rage Against the Machine shirt that I decided I must own. BY the time I walked out of the store I had acquired four new CDs, three Ranma ½ books, a nifty earring, a pair of shoes, some fire engine red hair dye, a cute card to send to Zac, some black nail polish, and a Pink Floyd poster.

Next Nina took me to an electronics store where I bought a small digital sound recorder and a CD player for my room. Then we headed to Northampton. First we stopped a Roz’s Place and I found an awesome leather knee length jacket and a pair of silver baggy cargo pants. Then we went to this cute little (well, not that little) store where I found a metallic red shoulder bag for school. Lastly we stopped at Starbucks for some coffee. Nina ordered a French Vanilla coffee and I got a large brownie Frappaccino. I’ve always loved Starbucks because they have the comfiest couches. We sat on the only unoccupied couch and I began to enjoy the bliss that is Frappaccino.



“I have a favor to ask of you, and you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, because I know I just met you today, but I already consider you a friend, plus-“ “What do you want me to do?”

“Okay, well, I’ve been getting a lot of crap at school about not liking guys, which by the way I do, and since I’m not officially out of the closed as being bi, I was wondering if you’d pretend that we’re going out while we’re at school.”


“Just like that? No thinking about it?”

“Don’t need to. You’re hot, nice, fun to hang around with.” She blushed.

“Yeah, but aren’t you worried about getting a reputation for dating the ‘dyke?”

“Nah, people already think I’m gay and a girl, so it can’t get much worse.”

“Good point. You’re hot too ya know.” Now it was my turn to blush. Nina looked at her watch and swore softly. “Taylor, I’m having a ton of fun and all, but my mom’ll flip if we’re late for dinner, plus you have to meet my dad.”

“Okay, let’s go, but we’ve to stop at a healthfood store or whatever so I won’t starve at your house.”

“And I know just the store. Bread & Circus. It’s very hippie-dippy-crunchy-granola.”


“Meaning healthy, all natural, organic crap.”

“Ah, gotcha. You’ll have to direct me there.”

“K, and pu8t one of your new CDs on.” We walked to the parking garage and put the stuff we brought in the back of the car. I grabbed my new Green Day CD and handed it to Nina who spent the first five minutes of the ride trying to get the packaging off. She popped the CD in and the sounds of Warning filled the small car. After about five minutes of driving down the main drag, she told me to hang a left and we entered the parking lot of Bread & Circus. Nina showed me where the veggie burgers were and I grabbed a box of Okara patties. Then I saw the section that was like a heaven on earth. The Sushi Bar. I scampered, yes scampered, over and grabbed three containers of Maki-rolls. Two California rolls and one teka-maki. I also picked some seaweed salad, pickled ginger, and wasabi. I paid, we got in the car, and Nina show me home.

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