"Oh my god." I clasped my hand over my mouth, my eyes wide.

"What?" Teddy snapped, obviously confused and irritated.

Time seemed to stand still; the crowds of kids bustling about didn't bother me anymore. The outside sounds surrounding us were muffled, I felt like puking and I felt like wanting to give Teddy a giant hug at the same time.

Teenage Teddy Duchamp stood a good eight inches taller; he traded in those ridiculous coke-bottle glasses for a trendy pair of black frames. He wasn't a total dork anymore, he was attractive...Teddy Duchamp was attractive. I never thought I would say that, but it was true.

"You don't recognize me do you?" I spoke through my hand,

"What the hell are you talking about?" Teddy frowned, starting to get a little freaked out.

"Lollipop Lola?" I took my hand off my face and smirked as Teddy's eyes widened. The boys nicknamed me "Lollipop Lola" because of the giant rainbow lollipop I got from Vern for my sixth birthday. It got the lollipop stuck in my hair, and after that; the nickname stuck for sometime.

Duchamp stood there for a good minute studying me from top to bottom before letting out a gasp.

"Well HOLY SHIT!" Teddy laughed and wrapped his arms around me, pinning my arms to my side, he was really strong; he almost crushed every bone in my entire body. "IT'S REALLY FUCKING YOU!"

I laughed and he pulled away, looking me up and down.

"You're looking pretty good." Teddy raised an eyebrow and I rolled my eyes.

"You're not looking so bad yourself." I punched him in the arm and he grinned.

"WHEN DID YOU GET HERE?!" Teddy exclaimed,


"Holy shit." Teddy shook his head, still in shock.

"So how have things been?" I asked, and Teddy grinned.

"Crazy, you don't know what you've been missing."

"Well, where are the others?"

"Well I was just on my way- Do you mind skipping a class or two?" Teddy smirked,

I guess it didn't really matter, I didn't exactly care for school anyway. I knew I had to go add myself in the school's records, but I could do that tomorrow. Seeing my friends was more important than any class.

"Yeah sure." I shrugged and Teddy grinned,

"Wait till the boys see you, holy shit." Teddy put his arm around my shoulder, "They're gonna be tripping over their balls."

Teddy led me outside and to the back of the school, where a couple of kids were lounging around smoking cigarettes and playing cards. A baby blue radio in the corner was playing "Runaround Sue" by Dion.

"We all come here a lot, Chris and Gordo don't show up too often though because of their college courses; but we're lucky today." Teddy explained,

"College courses?" I frowned,

"I'll explain later." Teddy said, "Hey guys!." Teddy called out, pushing me forward a bit.

"Shut up Teddy I am concentrating" A dirty blonde haired boy mumbled, studying the playing cards in his hand, a cigarette placed between his pale pink lips.

My stomach flipped and twisted into knots. I recognized him right away. The blonde kid was an older Chris Chambers. He sat against the brick wall of the school, the sun exposing a bit of his tanned skin, holy shit was he gorgeous. His butchy buzz cut grew out, and his sandy blonde hair was now falling over his eyes, oh boy did that make my heart leap. I'd never felt this way around Chris before, my heart was pounding and I didn't want to admit it was a swooning sort of feeling.

"I don't shut up, I grow up, and when I look at you… I throw up." I mumbled our little catch-phrase we made up in the second grade, and the whole group stopped what they were doing to look at me; I only kept my eyes on Chris.

"How did you-" Chris looked up at me, his eyes as wide as dinner plates. He tried to open his mouth to speak, but he was lost for words.

"Hi Chris." I smiled bashfully, rocking back and forth slightly on my heels.

Chris leapt to his feet, staggering back a bit. "Holy shit…Lola?" Chris blinked a couple times, approaching me slowly.

"Howdy." I mumbled, trying to fight the tight knot forming in my insides.

Without saying another word, he pulled me into his arms. There were no sounds, it was completely quiet. The only sound I could hear was Chris' heartbeat. He pulled away and placed his hands on my shoulders; he looked into my eyes and gave me a sad smile.

"Wow.." He laughed slightly, "I can't believe it."

"Likewise" I spoke softly, my heart beating rapidly. I knew that this heart-thumping sensation was all Chris' doing, but I didn't want it to be possible. Chris was my best friend, and I sure as hell didn't want to complicate things. I'd only seen him for five minutes. I could appreciate his beauty from afar, there was nothing wrong with thinking someone is handsome.

"Hi Lola..." A buff looking kid approached me shyly. I studied him, trying to see who it was; and by the twinkle in his blue eyes, I knew it was Vern Tessio.

"VERN?!" I gasped, I barely even recognized him; he looked completely different. He had really slimmed out, he was tall with muscles. No more khaki pants and golf shirts, he wore snappy dress shirts and good jeans. He looked fantastic.

"Vern-o is a lifeguard during summer time" Teddy boasted, patting Vern on the back.

"Good for you Vern-o..I didn't even recognize you!" I nudged him and he blushed.

"Sorry I'm late guys, I was held up in writing class." A doe-eyed brunette walked up to us. He hoisted his text books up closer to his side, it was Gordie Lachance. He looked good too, he was tall and more mature looking. Hell, they were all real handsome. Gordie furrowed his eyebrow and looked at Chris.

"Who's this?" Gordie cocked his head slightly to the left.

"You won't believe it" Chris grinned,


"Ouch, you don't even remember me Lachance?" I stepped in front of Chris, so Gordie could get a good look, he dropped his text books to the ground.

"No way.." He stammered,

"Believe it."

"Lola?!" Gordie stood as stiff as a board,

"Ding ding ding" I laughed and he gave me a hug,

"Wow…look at you! When the hell did you get here?! Why didn't you tell us?!" Gordie shook me a bit,

"One question at a time Gordon jeez." I grinned, "I got in last night, I didn't tell you guys because I wanted to surprise you guys I guess."

"Your parents made you come to school the day after you got back? Brutal." Teddy shook his head, leaning against the wall and lighting a cigarette.

"Since when do all of you smoke?" I frowned,

"For a long while now." Chris laughed,

"I still can't believe you're here.." Vern shook his head,

"Yeah, it's really weird." Gordie mumbled, "How was Canada?"

"It was Canada." I shrugged taking a seat against the wall.

"Christopher I was looking everywhere for you!" I heard a voice and turned to my left, it was a girl. She had Marilyn Monroe styled hair; and huge blue eyes. Super beautiful basically.

"Oh" Chris cleared his throat, "Uhm, Lola this is Mia, my girlfriend."

I felt my heart drop about a good ten feet, girlfriend?!