The band is in Corey's garage, as usual. Corey has gotten taller, but mostly everything is the same. Laney has started to develop more of a chest, her hair is a little longer, and she also has gotten taller. Kon has lost a lot of weight and Kin now wears contacts. It's been about two years since the band got together. They are all fifteen and they are freshmen in high school.


We just finished practicing a song and Lanes says to me, "Hey, Core, I am going to have to leave practice early today."

"Why?" I ask her.

Laney sighs, "You know that guy I went on a date with last week, Daniel. Well he wants to meet up with me today." Great. She is going on ANOTHER date with that guy. Daniel is bad news.

"Why are you going out with that guy?" Kin asks. Kon finishes what his twin was going to say, "Yeah, he's a jerk!"

Laney stutters, "N-No he isn't. And the reason, I am going out with him is he realizes I'm a girl!"

All I can do is be disappointed in myself; we always treated her as if she were a guy. None of us, guys in the band, really understands girls. One thing I do know is, I have started to really like her, this past year. I know she would never want to go out with me but Daniel? Come on! She can do better than him. "I am sorry, Lanes."

Laney looks at me with sadness is her eyes, "What are you sorry for?"

"I am sorry that none of us have treated you the way you want to be treated. Just tell me what you want and I will give you anything."

Kin and Kon agree and nod their heads, and Kin turns to Laney and says, "I guess it is cool that you have a boyfriend. But if he tries to do anything to you tell us! We care about you, even if you don't want to date one of us."

When he finishes that sentence, Laney looks at me, then falls to her knees and starts to cry. I run over to her and hug her. I cup her cheeks in my hand to force her to look at me, "What is wrong?"

She looks into my eyes, and says, "I can't tell you."

I look into her beautiful eyes and tell her, "Yes you can."

She looks at me, tears still in her eyes, "If I tell you, Daniel will hurt me."

"Hurt You? Lanes I will NEVER let ANYONE hurt you," I reassure her. I look into her eyes and hug her tighter, "I promise."

"Thanks Core," Laney looks disappointed, "I have to leave. I have to get ready for my date. I have to meet him at the park"

She leaves, and shuts the garage door behind her. "Lanes," I whisper to myself forgetting about the twins.

"Uh, Corey, you don't look happy," Kon says to me.

I am shaking, "I am scared of what Daniel will do to Lanes. I am thinking about following them on their date."

Kin asks me, "Are you sure this is a good idea?"

"It's a better idea than not going," I tell them. Kin and Kon leave and I head to the park.