Author's note: It's come to this, has it? I fully cannot believe I'm writing a Drake & Josh fanfic. My God. Well, it branches out from Captain Planet, right? And this one looks like one I might actually finish, so that's a plus. I wasn't a fan of Drake & Josh in the beginning, but I like to have the television on in the background as I work on the computer, and it tends to come up a lot. And, what can I say? It grew on me. I really like Josh and Mindy's relationship. I think it's sweet, but I wanted to flesh it out a little more. I wanted to come up with a good, serious, dramatic, engrossing plot, and this came to mind, and that's all I'll say. While I did try to keep everyone in-character, I did take out a lot of the ridiculous sight-gags and silly behaviors that occur in the show that would otherwise take away from a serious plot. I also just want to say one more thing, and that is that I haven't seen every episode, nor do I remember in full detail each episode I have seen. So, if I get anything inaccurate, chalk it up to a minor blunder and make sure your "suspended disbelief" switch is in the "on" position. Read and review at your own leisure, but the plot is what it is, and what I have written probably won't change (unless there is some major mistake somewhere or massive plot hole I overlooked), so don't bother wasting time telling me how I should have written something. I apologize for FF's crappy formatting. I personally think all the double spacing is atrocious, but what's to be done? Oh, well! Oh, and I don't own Drake & Josh, yaddayaddayadda, so on and so forth. Okay, that's all out of the way, now! Well, on with the show!


The Best Summer Ever

Josh opened his eyes to the sunlight streaming in through his room, closed them again, took in a deep breath and let out a happy sigh. It was the first day of summer. That meant he had three months to look forward to of sleeping in, doing whatever he wanted, relaxing, and of course, spending tons of time with Mindy. The best part of all, however, was that Megan was away at summer camp for three entire weeks, so the only thing he had to put up with was Drake and his part-time job at The Premiere. But both of those minor setbacks were okay with him. Drake rarely truly got on his nerves, and he liked his job at The Premiere.

Something else that excited him was that Mindy would also be working at The Premiere this summer with him. They didn't share the exact same schedule - she started earlier than he did - but their schedules did overlap and they had two hours of work together most days. The sound of Drake's heavy snoring brought Josh back to the moment and out of his happy daydreams. He looked at the clock which proclaimed the time to be 10:43 AM and smiled again. I don't think I'm quite ready to get up yet, he thought, and rolled over and went back to sleep.

About an hour and several dreams later, Josh woke up for the second time feeling ready to get up and moving. As he stood up and went to the closet to get dressed, he noticed Drake was still sleeping and tossed his pajama shirt onto his face.

"Get up! It's the first day of summer," he said, pulling on a shirt.

Drake responded with a moan and flipped on his side. Then he sat up and looked at the clock.

"You're up before noon? Wimp," he smirked, rubbing his eyes.

"Who wants to sleep beyond noon on the first day of summer?" asked Josh, zipping up his jeans.

"Pfft, who doesn't?" Drake scoffed. "Anyway, I'm up, I'm up."

Drake hopped out of his own bed and went to the closet to get dressed as well.

"And no Megan for three whole weeks!" Josh exclaimed.

"Heh, the Lord is kind," responded Drake. "Hey, you gotta work today?"

"Nope, I'm off all day!"

"Cool, so, whatcha wanna do?" said Drake, looking in the mirror and running his fingers through his hair.

Josh nudged him out of the way, running a comb through his own hair, trying to make it look perfect.

"Can't do too much. I've already made plans with Mindy. We're gonna meet up at the mall in about three hours."

Drake continued running fingers through his bed head.

"Already making plans with her? You waste no time. Then again, neither do I. I got a date with Tina at 4:30, and then at 8:00, I'm taking Diane out to a movie." He grinned at Josh in the mirror, who rolled his eyes and smirked.

After a couple of minutes of grooming, Josh and Drake observed themselves in the mirror. Josh smiled at his neatly combed locks, and Drake flashed a wink and a grin at his messy mop top. The two styles were near opposites.

"Perfect," they said in unison.

The next few hours were spent frittered away in front of the television, eating junk food, chatting about how awesome this summer would be and their upcoming dates, and just goofing off.

"So, whatcha wanna do?" asked Josh.

"Nothing," smiled Drake.

Josh chuckled, "Haha, yeah, brotha! That's what summers are meant for!"

The two shared a high-five and watched utterly pointless talk shows on television until it was time for Josh to go. He checked his watch and stood, brushing wrinkles from his shirt.

"Okay, bro, I gotta get goin'."

"See ya!" Drake said, flipping through the channels.

Josh sat on a bench outside Osaka, a Japanese department store, where he and Mindy had agreed to meet around 3:00. After around five minutes, he felt a tap on his shoulder. Turning around, he saw Mindy behind him, grinning.

"Hey, goof!" she smiled.

"Hey!" he smiled back and stood up to hug her.

"So, what do you wanna hit first?" she asked.

"Orange Julius is looking pretty good. Let's go on over," he gestured toward the nearby Orange Julius, grabbing Mindy's hand. "I'll treat you to whatever you want."

Mindy chuckled. "I'm actually not that hungry or thirsty, but thanks."

"Okay. Well, I'm gonna get something."

The two strode over to the stand where Josh ordered a delicious orange smoothie. He offered Mindy a taste which was politely declined. They spent two and a half hours wandering around the mall, window shopping, holding hands, and enjoying their date. Josh and Mindy even bought small gifts for each other. As their date came to an end, they strolled back toward Osaka.

"My parents are back in town again for a couple of days and my mom wondered if you'd like to come over for dinner on the thirtieth," she asked, turning to face Josh and putting her arms around his neck.

"Sure, what are you guys having?"

Mindy shrugged. "I'm not sure, really."

"Well, yeah, count me in. What time?" Josh grinned, putting his own arms around her.

Mindy arched an eyebrow in surprise. "Uhh, you're not too scared to come over after how things went last time?"

Josh laughed, "No, not at all. We cleared all that up after they saw how much I cared about you, remember?"

It was true. At first, the Crenshaws had been unnecessarily rude to him and very cold. In fact, he'd almost blown it with Mindy's parents completely when he'd invited them over for dinner and Drake's wrestling stunt with his current girlfriend upstairs had escalated to an all-out fiasco that had moved downstairs, right in view of Mindy's parents as they were trying to eat their dinner. Fortunately for him, they had stuck around in ear-shot long enough to hear him chewing Drake out for ruining his last chance to impress them, which ironically impressed them, at least enough to let him continue dating Mindy.

"Alright. We usually eat around 7:30, so come around then, k?" she smiled, and punched his shoulder affectionately.

Josh nodded and leaned in to kiss Mindy timidly. Mindy chuckled. He was still so shy about kissing her after all this time. It was cute.

"See you tomorrow, then," she smiled.

"Yeah, see ya, 7:30, on the thirtieth," he replied, letting her go. He watched her walk toward the exit and when she'd left, he let himself do a little victory dance, not caring about the odd glances he was getting from the other mall-goers in the vicinity.

Drake was gone when Josh got home, presumably on one of his dates. Mom and Dad were both still not home, and Megan was gone to summer camp. Josh smiled as he realized he had the house to himself. He had no idea how long it would last, as Drake, Mom, or Dad could come home at any time, but he was going to enjoy it while he had it.

After a while, Mom and Dad arrived, and later on, Drake. Dinner was eaten and enjoyed as a family over some television, and Drake bragged about how hot his dates had been. Josh smiled to himself, knowing he didn't need to brag about his own. After dinner, Josh excused himself upstairs and laid out his clothes for work tomorrow, during two hours of which he would be working side-by-side with Mindy.