Chapter 1: Girl's Day Out
The day was almost perfect. A cool breeze whistled in the summer air, the sun was out with only a couple of harmless-looking clouds in the sky, every color seemed brighter and more wonderful than it usually did.
The only thing it needs, thought Isabella, is a Phineas Flynn enjoying it with me.
Isabella Garcia-Shapiro looked at herself in the mirror. Her hair was still raven colored, her eyes still blue, though they had darkened slightly. Yes, though five years had passed now since Phineas and Ferb's "Summer of Awesome", as they liked to call it, that glorious summer when everyone was ten, only minor changes had occurred in the people and places around Danville.
Isabella sighed at her reflection, clipping in her signature pink bow. Today, the boys were with their father at the Danville Cinema, for the 4-D marathon of "Space Adventure: An Adventure in Space!" movies. Isabella had decided to plan a girls' day with her fellow old Fireside Girls in their absence.
Straightening her pink skirt and adjusting the button on the little white sweater she wore, she said to herself, "Isabella, you really did need this."
"Isa! Gretchen is here!" yelled Mrs. Garcia-Shapiro from downstairs.
"Coming, Mom!" Isabella said back as she patted her Chihuahua, Pinky, on the head. "I'll be back later, Pinky." She grabbed her small, beaded purse from her vanity table and rushed down the stairs.
"Good morning, Gretchen!" said Isabella cheerily.
"Ready to get some high-quality shopping done?" asked Gretchen, smiling. "I know I am. I've been saving since my birthday. I want to go to that new boutique downtown."
"Bye, Mom. See you around five," said Isabella as Gretchen continued chatting excitedly.
Isabella climbed into the backseat of Gretchen's mother's Suburban, where Adyson and Holly were already seated. "Morning, girls," said Isabella, buckling her seatbelt. "So...where should we go first? Gretchen said she wanted to go downtown."
"We told Milly, Katie, and Ginger that we were going to the mall first, since it's on the way to Dr. Hirano's office," said Holly. "Sorry, Gretchen."
"Don't sweat it," she replied, turning around from the shotgun seat to join the conversation. "I'm sure there will be a plethora of things to see at the mall."
"Sounds like I'm taking you to the mall, then. Are you girls planning on staying there all day?" asked Gretchen's mother, Mrs. Boyle.
"Actually, Mom, we were going to go to the diner down on Garden Avenue for lunch, then spend the rest of the afternoon down there," Gretchen explained. "I'll text you when we leave the mall, I promise."
Mrs. Boyle laughed. "Okay, Gretchen, I believe you."
The girls talked animatedly all the way to the mall, trying to get a rough idea of how much was going to be actual shopping and how much would be window-shopping.
"I hope that Milly, Ginger, and Katie remembered their purses, because I want to visit a lot of stores!" squealed Adyson.
"Oh, come on, Adyson, you know that the Googolplex Mall is mostly random jewelry stores and other stuff," sighed Gretchen. "I know I'm saving for La Belle Fille, 2602 Garden Avenue!" She made a dramatic gesture, pretending to faint in her seat.
"What's so great about that store, anyway?" Holly asked. "I mean, I saw the ad on TV, but it looks awfully expensive, Gretchen."
"I only want to get one thing. I saw it last week in my dad's newspaper. I cut the ad out." Gretchen held up a picture of a baby blue dress, strapless, with an empire waist and elegant layers of lace sewn to the skirt.
The girls gasped. "Oh my gosh, it's gorgeous!" cried Isabella.
"Wait until Ferb sees you in that," Adyson said. "He won't be able to keep his hands off of you!"
"It'll be perfect for the Falling Stars Dance. It's two weeks from today!" Gretchen squealed, positively beaming.
Ferb and Gretchen had started going out just a few months ago, around her birthday. Not long after, Ginger finally confessed her secret love of Baljeet and gave him all of her old "I Just Saw A Cute Boy" patches (she had 75 of them, the maximum number allowed of that patch) in a carefully decorated box. And rumor had it that Milly and Buford had gone to the movies together a couple of weeks ago, though she had vehemently denied it at the time. She sighed. Being around romantic people kind of sucked. Isabella hoped Phineas would wake up soon and become a centaur, just like in all of her childhood dreams.
"It's you I care about, Isabella! Can we be together forever and ever?"
Isabella simply smiled and climbed onto Phineas' back.
They rode off into the sunset, which also miraculously had a rainbow.
"Isabella...Isabella!" called Gretchen. "We're here!"
Isabella snapped out of Phineasland for the time being and jumped out of the car. "Wahoo! Come on, guys! Let's see if the other gals are here yet!"
The other girls followed their former Troop Leader to the front of the mall, waving goodbye to Gretchen's mom as she drove away. "Thanks for driving us, Mrs. Boyle!" Isabella and Adyson called.
They only had to wait for a few minutes before the others showed up in Dr. Hirano's sedan.
"Mom, I said I would call, okay? Quit worrying!" Ginger said exasperatedly.
"I know, Ginger, I'm just so used to having to remind Stacy all the time. Hello, girls!" said Dr. Hirano to everyone.
"Hey, Dr. Hirano!"
Dr. Hirano put her car back into drive. "See you later! At the diner!"
As she drove away, Isabella gathered up the girls for their giant seven-person secret handshake.
"Are we ready for a day of just us?" asked Isabella.
"For sure!" cried Katie, high-fiving Milly next to her.
"Okay then, let's go!"
Everyone cheered as they ran together into the Googolplex Mall.