Changes

Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom. The incessant beat of the bass echoed though out the club. Ike and Candy had been waiting had been waiting for nearly thirty minutes until finally they reached the beginning of the line.

"Excuse me miss, but I can't let you in the club with that pink parka," said the 8 foot tall man standing in front of the doorway, arms crossed.

"OK!" Candy exclaimed. She began to walk away, but only paced a few feet away from the man until she turned back around. "Is this better?" With one flick of her wrist, the electric pink parka was on the wet pavement and all eyes were on her. Ike's jaw dropped to the floor. "Isn't it...cute?!" she exclaimed a little bit to enthusiastically. Her attire consisted of 6 inch red high heels and a most slim, short and tight red dress.

"Uh...yeah..." Ike stumbled over the right wording but couldn't quite get out what he was trying to say.

Candy grabbed his hand and they ran into the club. They squeezed themselves through the groups of people to make it to the corner of the bar that was not full of people. Candy yelled for bartender to come over. "One diet Pepsi, and what do you want Isaac?" smiled Candy.

"One Blood Mary please," Ike replied. The bartender gave Isaac a huge smile and poured the drinks.

"I can't have those, I have to watch my caffeine intake because if I don't...I tend to get a bit kooky," she said with a toothy grin. "Do I have any lipstick on my teeth?" she inquired.

Whoa, she is so hot, he thought. "Well, I'll be right back, ok? I'm just gonna go freshen up." Candy hopped off her chair and strutted to the restrooms on the other side of the club.

Isaac casually smiled and watched her make her way to the other side. After a few minutes, the bartender came over and broke his trance. "Excuse me, sir, but haven't I seen you before?" asked the man who looked to be in his early twenties.

"Um, no," Isaac said, trying not to look too obvious.

"Why, yes, I believe I have seen you before. You are that fellow Isaac Hanson. I think you are rather stunning," The man grinned and winked.

"Excuse me?" Isaac said in shock.

"I've dreamt about you and your rat-tail...if only I could play with that thing right now." He smiled.

Isaac tried to hold back his chuckle but he couldn't. "I'm sorry, I think you've mistaken me for my brother, Taylor," Isaac chuckled.

"Oops, I'm terribly sorry...um...could you give me his phone number?" the bartender asked.

"Sure, he loves getting to know his fans especially men like yourself," Isaac said.

The man blushed as Isaac quickly wrote down Taylor's number on a nearby napkin and handed it to the bartender.

"Can I have another Coke, she's running out," he requested. The man obliged and quickly got another Coke.

Wait until Tay gets a call from a man... Ike chuckled.

"What is so funny?" said someone from behind him. He turned around to see Candy.

"Oh, hey Candy, you're back," he said and smiled.

"So do you want to dance?" Candy suggested.

"Sure."


All four friends sat in the car on the way to the bus station. Taylor looked back occasionally to glance at Zac to see how he was holding up. He looked somber, but took Alisha's hand for comfort. After Taylor and Gwen's afternoon "nap", Gwen was really tired, so she decided to sleep on the way.

"Lish," Zac said and leaned over, so his lips met her ear, "I'm sorry I acted the way I did yesterday. I know I was being a jerk and I am sorry. I guess I was just thinking about how much I will miss you, because I love you so much."

"Zac," Alisha choked out in a whisper, not knowing what to say. Nothing seemed like it could measure to what he just said. So much bundled up emotion came pouring out of her. "I know we'll see each other in a month or something, but after being with you so much...I just can't imagine being without you."

Their eyes met and they couldn't separate. For minutes they just sat there looking into each other eyes and holding one another's hand. "So this is love," Zac said so quietly that it almost wasn't there. He scooted closer to Alisha, if possible. They embraced and their lips met.

"Aww man! I'm gonna cry! You two are so adorable!" Taylor exclaimed, wiping pretend tears from his face.

Zac grinned and continued talking to Alisha in a hush whisper.

"You ruined the moment, you moron!" Gwen exclaimed.

"I thought you were asleep," Taylor said with a small smile.

"Well yeah, but I woke up just in time to watch from the trusty mirror," Gwen said as she looked back one more time. The car stopped and they were at the bus station. All four kids hopped out of the car.

"I'm gonna miss you around, Buddy. Who am I gonna go shopping with?" Gwen said and opened her arms to hug her friend goodbye.

Taylor was next. "Bye, I'll miss ya," Taylor said as he hugged Alisha. "Zac, me and Gwen will met you back at the car," he finished.

"Zac-" Alisha started. Before she could say anything else, Zac pressed his lips firmly against hers. It was almost like he thought by kissing her so intensely would stop time, or make all the pain go away. Their lips peeled apart, and they stared at each other. Gently, Zac kissed a tear that was slowly rolling past Alisha's nose.

"I love you," he said in a hushed voice. Their hands separated and Alisha turned to walk towards the bus. Gwen and Tay sat quietly in the car while Zac watched Alisha climb into the bus.

"Hey Zac, we better leave, it's only for a little while," Taylor said as he put his hands on Zac's shoulders. He nodded absentmindedly and slowly sauntered to the car.


"Swing it Hoochie Mama!" Ike wailed as he and Candy grinded to the ground. "Oh yeah!" Candy exclaimed as she slurped down another Coke.

"Would you two like a complimentary soda, on the house?" asked a man dancing beside them.

"Sure!" They both exclaimed. He handed them their drinks and they chugged them down in one gulp. Both Candy and Ike continued grinding for a while until Ike fell to the floor.

"What's wrong?" questioned Candy as she put her hand on his shoulder. "The flowers are looking at me! Stop, STOP THEM!" Ike shouted, his pupils dilating.

"Eskimos...igloos...!" Candy said and pointed to the men's bathroom. She giggled and skipped over to the bar and hopped on to the countertop.

"The view is great from Mount Everest! Come and look Ike!" Candy squealed.


The road seemed to stretch out forever. Zac contemplated his last few weeks with Alisha. His last few amazing weeks with Alisha. Taylor and Gwen just kept their eyes on the road. A muffled ring came from inside the glove compartment. Gwen opened the compartment and handed the cell phone to Taylor.

"Hello? Oh, hey...but I thought...ohhh...yeah, no prob." After a minute he handed the phone to Zac. "It's for you," he said carelessly.

"Take a message," Zac said, his eyes not moving from the rode ahead.

"No, I think you should take this call, little man," he said with a sly grin.

Zac averted his attention from the road and took the phone. His eyes immediately lit up. "Alisha...I thought...but don't you...ok... we will be there as soon as I get home pack and get back there okay…I love you." Zac pressed the OFF button and folded the phone up. "Tay, hurry up, Alisha wants me to go with her," Zac said before sitting back in his seat with a sheepish grin.


"JERRY... JERRY...JERRY!" Taylor hooted as he jumped up and down on the couch. Gwen just shook her head disgracefully. All of a sudden the familiar chimes of the doorbell broke Taylor's chant.

"I'll get it," Gwen hopped up and pounded her way over to the door. She swung the door open and a pink parka flew into her arms. Quickly the figure hiding inside the pink parka appeared.

"AHHHH! HELP ME!" Gwen screamed and ran into the living room strait to Taylor.

"What the HELL?" Taylor shouted and jumped off the couch.

"The hills are alive with the sound of music..." Ike sang frolicked into the living room and started to dance on the table. Candy leapt into the house and followed in Ike's direction.

It was then that Taylor noticed a policeman standing at their doorway. "Excuse me," he asked, "Are you relatives of these two?"

With a confused look, Taylor replied, "Yeah, what happened?"

The policeman took a deep breath. "They were at a club tonight, and someone put LSD in their drink."

"Are they going to be ok?" asked Taylor. Gwen heard what the policeman said and got up and stood next to Taylor.

"Yes, they should be fine. The hallucinating will wear off in a few hours, but it depends on how much LSD was put into their drinks. You'll need to keep a close eye on them."

"Ok, thanks," Taylor said with a sigh.

The policeman nodded and Taylor shut the door. He walked over to where I was standing on the table. "Ike, calm down, it's going to be ok," Taylor reassured, while he tried to coax Ike off the table. Finally Ike jumped down and ran to his room and Candy followed close behind. Taylor was about to run after them, but Gwen blocked his path.

"Don't worry about them. I'm sure they'll calm down after a few hours, ok?" She gave Taylor a quick kiss and sat down to finish watching Jerry Springer.


Isaac and Candy lay carelessly on his bed. The sheets were thrown about the room as if a tornado had suddenly appeared. His room had a musty smell and the venetian blinds were down. All was quiet. A few minutes had passed and Isaac's eyelids began to flutter open. Slowly, he sat up in bed clearing his eyes. He looked at the clock; it read 4:32 am. 'I guess it was all just a good dream,' he thought. He turned to fall to the bed and held on to his little scruffy teddy he'd had since he was six. But this scruffy teddy was neither scruffy, nor a teddy. This teddy was supple and smooth. Isaac slowly opened his eyes to face a beautiful young girl lightly breathing in his bed. 'Wow! I scored!' he thought. He quickly slithered out of his bed and made his way to the bathroom. Feeling his way around the dimly lit bathroom he tried to find protection but only found a razor, which brought back horrible memories. 'Triumph!' he opened the package with great care, not to wake the sleeping beauty that lay in his bed. While he slowly put it on, he heard a small noise from the bedroom. He peeked out just in time to see Candy sitting up in bed.

"Ikey-Poo! Where are you?" she shouted in a hushed whisper. Candy slowly made her way to the bathroom door where Ike was furiously trying to get his protection fitted properly. 'FUCK! No! Don't do this to me!' he screamed in his head.

"Ikey...where are you?" Candy slowly opened the bathroom door to find Ike sitting on the toilet all alone wearing his polka-dotted boxers. "There you are!" she squealed with delight. "And what are you doing all alone?" Candy said with a little pout. "You need someone to comfort you, you need protection, and you need me, ok?" Candy slowly sat on Ike's legs facing him. 'I'm the man' Ike grinned.


"God, I can't sleep with all of that racket!" Taylor complained as he tossed and turned in his bed.

"We can always make our own racket, baby..." Gwen said in an Austin Powers voice and smiled while playing with a strand of her hair. Taylor grinned and snaked his way under the covers and over to Gwen. All of a sudden a huge boom echoed through the house.

"God damn it!" Taylor shouted.

"What's wrong?" Gwen asked, alarmed by Taylor's sudden spaz.

"They probably broke a bed or something. My parents are going to be so pissed!" Taylor exclaimed.

"Taylor, just relax...we can fix it in the morning. Let them have their fun," Gwen laughed.

"What about my fun? I can't concentrate with that noise!"

"Wanna bet?" Gwen said slyly and went under the covers with Taylor.


Taylor and Gwen sat at the breakfast table the next morning. Everyone was tired and quiet. Isaac walked into the kitchen and all eyes were on him, but no one said anything.

He noticed the four pairs of eyes and raised his eyebrows. "What? Do I have something on my face or something?"

The two kids at the table just looked at each other, smiles playing on their lips. They all knew what had happened the night before. They nonchalantly shook their heads and said, "No."

"Ok..." Ike muttered and made his way over to the coffee maker.

Taylor couldn't take it anymore. He had to say something. "So, um, Ike..." he began, but was cut off.

"Ok, Taylor! I know what you're going to say! Yes! I broke a bed, damn it! It's not a big deal! I'll fix it!" Ike, realizing Taylor could have had no clue what he was talking about, just turned around casually and poured some coffee into his mug.

"Ike...I was going to ask you if I could have your car today," Taylor said, trying to hold back a laugh.

"Yeah, sure," Ike replied, avoiding eye contact with Taylor. With that, he walked out of the kitchen.

When Gwen assumed Ike was out of earshot, she asked, "Taylor, why do you need his car? You have the jeep."

He shrugged in reply. "Just needed to pretend I had something else to say besides the broken bed."


" Zac, I'm so glad you came with me I need you to help me through this, and I know I can talk to you." Alisha said while laying in bed next to the guy she loved so much.

" I'm glad I came too. I don't know what I would have done with out you. I would have missed you too much" he said.

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