The 00's: Year Three

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Summary

The third installment of The 00's.

Genre:
Children / Humor
Author:
Joseph Butler IV
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
23
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
13+

The Start of Fourth Grade

It was Sunday, September 7, 2003. It was Sunday morning at Steve’s place. Steve and Kevin were at the dining room table eating cereal.

Steve’s parents came into the dining room. “Steve, Kevin, I and your Mom have some exciting news to share this morning.“, Kevin Sr. said. “I’m pregnant!“, Anna said happily.

“Again?“, Kevin asked. “Wow, that’s such wonderful news to hear. You know, I thought Matthew was gonna be the last baby of the family.“, Steve said. “Yeah, and it’s been like five years since Matthew was born. Anywho, we’re both glad another human is going to be added to our family.“, Kevin said.

“It’s so nice to hear that from you guys.“, Anna said still sounding very happy. “So, when is the new kid expected to arrive?“, Steve asked. “Oh, probably sometime in early May of next year.“, Kevin Sr. said.

“Any more questions?“, Anna asked. Kevin raised his hand. “What’s the gender of the baby?“, Kevin asked.

“We decided to keep that secret until the kid is born.“, Kevin Sr. said. “Hey, where is he or she gonna sleep?“, Steve asked. “Well, we share the same bedroom. So, he can’t sleep in our room. It may get a bit crowded in there.“, Kevin said.

“And he can’t sleep in the room where Cody and Matthew sleep. It may get a bit crowded in there as well.“, Steve said. “Oh, we already talked about that. We’re turning the game room into the baby’s own room.“, Anna said. “Yeah, that way, he or she won’t have to share his or her room with anyone else.“, Kevin Sr. said.

“But I and Steve love our game room.“, Kevin said. “Can’t he or she sleep in the living room or basement?“, Steve asked. “Well, first off, the living room isn’t a bedroom. Second, I don’t think the apartment complex general manager would allow a child to sleep in the basement. I’m afraid there are no other options left.“, Kevin Sr. said.

Kevin sighed. “Alright, fine. If it means that my little brother or sister gets a room for his or her own self, I’m down.“, Kevin said. “Yeah, and besides, family is way more important than video games. We support your decision in getting rid of the game room for good.“, Steve said.

“I’m so proud to hear you two say that. That was very mature of you.“, Anna said. “So, when do we start disestablishing the game room?“, Steve asked. “We might start getting rid of the game room Tuesday night which is the first night after the first day of school for you two.“, Kevin Sr. said.

“Okay, we want to help.“, Steve said. “Yeah, what he said.“, Kevin said. “Well, of course, you two can help.“, Anna said. “And there will be extra money in your weekly allowance for helping us out.“, Kevin Sr. said.

“However, if you two have homework, we’ll still pay you extra just for offering to help and doing whatever you can to help us welcome our fifth child into the world.“, Anna said. “Alright, see you, kids, later.“, Kevin Sr. said. Steve’s parents left the dining room. “Hey, Kev, we all still haven’t figured out what the baby’s name should be yet.“, Steve said. “All in due time Steve. All in due time.“, Kevin said before Steve and Kevin resumed eating cereal.

***

It was Tuesday, September 9, 2003. At Robert Burns Elementary School, some of the gang sat down to eat lunch in the school lunchroom. “Well, it’s our first school lunch of the new school year.“, Steve said.

“Yeah, and I’m so glad to be part of the gang to start the new school year.“, Cody said. “Well, you earned it considering the fact that Kevin is off to middle school. You were the right guy to take your brother’s place only during school hours.“, Brad said. “There’s still no one to take Jamal’s place during school hours now that’s he’s off to another school.“, Jessica said.

“Yeah, but at least we still get to see Jamal and Kevin outside of school.“, Ariana said. “Hey, Stacy could take Jamal’s place during school hours.“, Nathan said. “That’s not possible. Stacy is also in sixth grade.“, Steve said.

“Would that process take as long as when you were finding out whether or not I’ll be a good fit?“, Jessica asked. “Maybe.“, Brad said. “Hey, another thing that’s changed this school year is that Jamal and Amanda are finally together along with Steve and Ariana.“, Nathan said.

“Yeah, it’s too bad that we have to be together at different schools. I’m starting to miss him already. Man, I can’t wait until school is over.“, Amanda said. “Well, I and my man don’t have to be together from different schools.“, Ariana said. “That’s right. And that’s why we’re the better couple.“, Steve said.

“Says who?“, Amanda asked. “Says us.“, Ariana said. “Hey, you know what I was thinking?“, Brad asked.

“Maybe the four of you could go on a double date. It’d be just the four of you at whatever location you all ultimately decide on. And it’d be your first-ever double date.“, Brad said. “Hey, that sounds like a great idea Brad.“, Cody said. “How does that sound with you three?“, Nathan asked.

“I’m down.“, Steve said. “Count me in as well.“, Ariana said. “I’m in, but I’ll have to see if it’s okay with Jamal.“, Amanda said.

“Or you could wait until the next time we get together outside of school for band practice.“, Steve said. “Well, I guess tonight sounds perfect.“, Amanda said. “Actually, tonight doesn’t sound perfect.“, Cody said. “Why not Cody?“, Amanda asked.

“Dude, you wanna be the one to tell them?“, Cody asked Steve. “Sure, why not?“, Steve asked Cody. “Tell us what?“, Nathan asked. “Yeah, baby, the rest of us are dying to know.“, Ariana said.

“Look, you’re all probably not gonna believe this, but our family has another sibling on the way.“, Steve said. “Wow, we’re all so glad to hear that.“, Amanda said. “What’s the baby’s gender?“, Brad asked.

“Our parents are keeping the baby’s gender a secret until the baby is born which seems like an eternity away.“, Cody said. “It sounds pretty long the way you just described it.“, Jessica said. “When is the kid expected to be born?“, Jessica asked.

“Sometime in early May. 2004.“, Steve said. “Yeah, that does seem like an eternity away.“, Nathan said. “He or she is going to be the first kid of the family to be born in the ’00s. The rest of us were born in the ’90s.“, Cody said.

“Where will he or she sleep?“, Ariana asked. “Oh, we all decided to give up the game room to give the kid his or her own bedroom.“, Steve said. “That’s so thoughtful and sweet yet so sad at the same time.“, Amanda said.

“Have you all thought of a name yet?“, Brad asked. “Not yet, but all of us are working on it.“, Steve said. “Cool, now, what were we all talking about again?“, Brad asked.

“That potential double date.“, Cody said. “Exactly. That.“, Brad said. “So, is this potential double date official?“, Nathan asked.

“All of us agreed except for Jamal due to the fact that he’s not here.“, Ariana said. “Since tonight won’t work to ask for my boyfriend’s opinion, what about tomorrow night?“, Amanda asked. “Okay, that’ll work. We can all get together for band practice after school either in the afternoon or evening. Then you can ask him that way.“, Steve said.

“Sweet.“, Amanda said. “And if something else comes up regarding the upcoming baby or anything else, we’ll let you know.“, Cody said. “Okay. Man, I hope this double date happens. It’d seem like it’d be a really awesome thing to do together.“, Amanda said.

“You know, another way to ask him would be to call him on his cell.“, Nathan said. “Yeah, you’re right, but not right now. It’s not long before lunch is over and class starts again.“, Amanda said. “Okay, so, maybe later then?“, Nathan asked. “Maybe, I don’t know yet.“, Amanda said.

“Here’s a real question though.“, Cody said. “Who’s the better romantic couple when it comes to Madden?“, Cody asked. “Good question.“, Brad said.

“Hey, that’s a great idea for this potential double date. Madden bragging rights.“, Nathan said. “What about this question though?“, Brad asked. “Who’s the better romantic couple when it comes to EA Sports NHL?“, Brad asked. “Another great idea for a double date.“, Nathan said.

“The four of us will decide what to do on our first-ever double date if Jamal decides to say yes.“, Steve said. “I wonder when the rest of us will ever find a girlfriend or boyfriend.“, Nathan said. “Hey, don’t worry. The time will come for the rest of you when it comes.“, Ariana said. “It just so happened that Jamal and Steve’s good looks made them not single before they could even hit puberty.“, Jessica said.

The school bell rang. It was time for everyone to head back to learning. “Hey, the first school bell of the school year after lunch.“, Nathan said as he and everyone else was getting up and heading back to class. “Yeah, nobody cares.“, Cody said as he and Steve walked away.

***

It was Wednesday, September 10, 2003. During the late afternoon, I and Amanda were in my room. “So, what did you want to tell me before the band gets started practicing?“, I asked.

Amanda sat down on my bed. “Sit.“, Amanda said smiling as she patted a spot next to where she was sitting. I sat down next to her.

“Is it okay with you if the four of us all go on our first-ever double date together?“, Amanda asked. “It’d be just you, me, Steve, and Ariana. I, Steve, and Ariana all said yes. Now, it’s just up to you.“, Amanda said. “Sure, sounds cool with me.“, I said.

“Cool, now, let’s head back down to the basement so the band can-“, Amanda said. Amanda noticed something near my bedroom TV. “Is that really what I think it is?“, Amanda asked.

“It is. The original PlayStation. I finally have my own video games now.“, I said. “Wow, baby, I’m so happy for you.“, Amanda said. “Thanks, now I don’t have to use other people’s games and game consoles. Now, true, it’s not the PlayStation 2. However, something is always better than nothing if something is positive. And this positive didn’t disappoint at all.“, I said.

“Speaking of positive, did you know that your best friend is expecting another younger sibling next year in early May?“, Amanda asked. “Wow, Steve has another sibling on the way?“, I asked. “I’m so glad to hear that.“, I said.

“So, what games do you have on your PS1?“, Amanda asked. “I’ve got Spyro The Dragon, a few Crash Bandicoot games, NBA Live 2000, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the PS1 version of Frogger, and there’s more where that came from.“, I said. “Well, I and you should get together sometime and play a few of those games.“, Amanda said. “Would you like that baby?“, Amanda asked. “I’d love that.“, I said.

“Lovely.“, Amanda said. “So, is Steve’s new and upcoming sibling a brother or a sister?“, I asked. “We’ll answer all the questions you have about the upcoming baby later on. I think it’s about time we head down to the basement. The rest of our friends are probably dying to get started playing music right now.“, Amanda said.

“Alright, you head down there. I’ll be down there in a jiffy after I get my camcorder.“, I said. “Okay, baby.“, Amanda said. Amanda got up from my bed.

I got up to go get my camcorder. “Oh, baby?“, Amanda asked. “Yes, dear?“, I asked.

“You know, school just isn’t the same without you and Kevin there. It’s only been two days, and these school days already feel like years instead of days.“, Amanda said. “I know. I’ve been feeling the exact same way at my new school.“, I said. “Well, I’ll see you down there, baby. I love you.“, Amanda said before blowing a kiss at me and leaving my room. “Alright, baby. I love you too.“, I said while I continued to get my camcorder.

***

It was Saturday, September 13, 2003. It was in the afternoon. I and Amanda were sitting next to each other at a random table on the playground near the apartment complex.

We were sitting across from Steve and Ariana who were sitting at the same table. “So, our first-ever double date.“, Steve said. “Yep.“, Amanda said.

“So, is there anything on anyone’s minds lately?“, Ariana asked. “No.“, Steve said. “Same here.“, I said. “Me neither.“, Amanda said.

“Come on, there’s got to be something.“, Ariana said. “Here’s something. I and Ariana are better at Madden and EA Sports NHL than you two.“, Steve said. “I concur.“, Ariana said.

“In your dreams. I and my future husband can kick both of your buts any day of the week.“, Amanda said. “Yeah, concur that.“, I said. “Hey, what does concur mean?“, I asked.

“I concur that you two can’t beat us in any video game that’s ever been made. Or will be made.“, Steve said. “Facts.“, Ariana said. “You two can’t beat us in any game, in general, that has been made or will ever be made.“, I said. “Facts.“, Amanda said.

“Alright, me versus Jamal. Ariana versus Amanda. Madden NFL 2004. My place. My PS2. Tomorrow. Be there or be losers.“, Steve said. “You’re on.“, Amanda said. “What she said.“, I said.

“Then I guess it’s settled.“, Steve said. “I guess it is.“, Amanda said. “Fine.“, Steve said. “Fine.“, Amanda said. “Fine.“, all four of us said at the exact same time.

“And another thing, overall, we’re clearly the better romantic couple.“, Steve said. “Says who?“, I asked. “Says who? Are you deaf?“, Steve asked.

“I bet you two haven’t even had your first kiss yet.“, Steve said. “We could say the same for you two.“, Amanda said. “We haven’t had our first kiss. Yet. We’re getting around to it.“, Ariana said.

“Well, why don’t you two kiss right now?“, I asked. “Yeah, you said you were getting around to it. It looks like ‘it’ has arrived.“, Amanda said hand signaling it in quotation marks. “Not if you two kiss first.“, Steve said.

“Hey, is it really necessary to make this boyfriend and girlfriend thing a competition?“, I asked. “Yes.“, Steve, Ariana, and Amanda said at the exact same time. “You know what, forget video games. The first couple to have their first kiss is the better couple.“, Amanda said.

“Deal.“, Steve said. “Oh, you’re so on.“, Ariana said. “Deal.“, I said.

“Then I guess it’s settled.“, Amanda said. “I bet you two don’t have it in you to kiss right now.“, I said. “Look who’s still talking.“, Ariana said. “They’re still talking because they’re still too nervous to touch lips.“, Steve said. “We’ll see who’s nervous in the end.“, I said before the double date continued on.

***

It was Sunday, September 14, 2003. In my room, I and Amanda were playing NBA Live 2000 on my Sony PlayStation on a Sunday evening. Amanda paused the game.

“About our first kiss, I don’t know how to kiss. I’ve never kissed anyone before in my entire life, and I’m almost 10.“, Amanda said. “What about you?“, Amanda asked. “Have you kissed anyone before?“, Amanda asked.

“I’ve also never kissed anyone before. And I don’t know how to kiss.“, I said. “Well, maybe we could try and learn together.“, Amanda said. “Okay, I’m fine with that.“, I said.

“We should both know for sure when the time is right.“, I said. “Okay, so, how do you feel about kissing?“, Amanda asked. “I think kissing is a great way for a boy and girl to express their romantic feelings towards each other.“, I said. “How do you feel about it?“, I asked.

“I think kissing is a very lovely and romantic thing to do.“, Amanda said. “So, we both think kissing is lovely and romantic. That’s a good first step towards our first kiss.“, I said. “I also think being in a spot alone together is the best place for us to have our first kiss. There’s no distractions, disruptions, interruptions, or anything else like that.“, Amanda said.

“Well, we’re alone right now.“, I said smiling. “Yep, we sure are.“, Amanda said smiling and playing with her hair. I and Amanda started gazing into each other’s eyes.

I and Amanda’s eyes displayed a range of emotions. We continued looking into each other’s eyes. We looked comfortable and showed no signs of pulling away from each other.

Then we started holding hands. Before going in for the kiss, we both made sure that we felt comfortable touching each other in a romantic way. We didn’t think about the consequences, and my cell phone rang right before we both went in for the kiss.

“So, much for no interruptions.“, I said. “Who is it, baby?“, Amanda said. I sighed. “It’s Steve.“, I said.

“Just answer it later sweetie.“, Amanda said. “But it’s Steve.“, I said. “Are you sure?“, I asked.

“Hey, look at it this way. He’s the one that got this competition started in the first place. Therefore, he can wait. Just let it go to voicemail or something.“, Amanda said. “Okay, if you say so.“, I said. I put my phone back in my pocket.

“Okay, so where were we?“, Amanda asked smiling. We held hands again and started going in for the kiss. Amanda’s phone rang.

Amanda pulled out her phone. “It’s Ariana. I’ll call her later.“, Amanda said. Amanda put her phone away.

We held hands again. Our eyes closed as we were about to go in for the kiss. A knock was heard at my bedroom door.

“Jamal, I need you to go take the trash out for me. Please.“, my Mom said. “Well, there’s always tomorrow.“, I said before getting up to take out the trash. Amanda was left sitting there looking and feeling disappointed that our first kiss wasn’t going to happen that night.

***

It was Monday, September 15, 2003. In Steve’s room (also Kevin’s room), Steve and Ariana were playing video games together on Steve’s Sony PlayStation 2. Ariana paused the game.

“Baby, do you know when the time is right for us to have our first kiss?“, Ariana asked. “No. I wish I did though.“, Steve said. “Yeah, same here.“, Ariana said.

“How do we know when the time is right?“, Ariana asked. “I have no idea.“, Steve said. “Yeah, me neither.“, Ariana said.

“How do you feel about kissing?“, Ariana asked. “I feel it’s very sweet and romantic. That must be why it’s in books and on TV shows and movies all the time.“, Steve said. “What are your feelings when it comes to kissing?“, Steve asked.

“Pretty much what you just described. We have so much in common. That’s how I knew you were the perfect man for me.“, Ariana said. “When was the last time you saw a movie and watched a romantic couple kissing?“, Ariana asked. “I can’t recall. But if I was able to remember, they were probably somewhere alone.“, Steve said.

“Well, we’re somewhere alone. No, interruptions, no disruptions, no distractions. It’s just us two right now baby.“, Ariana said. “Seems like the best place for a first kiss.“, Steve said. “I totally agree.“, Ariana said.

Steve and Ariana started gazing into each other’s eyes. They’re attention completely shifted from the PS2. Their eyes showed a range of emotions.

Steve and Ariana continued looking into each other’s eyes. They both showed no signs of pulling away and were both looking very comfortable as they continued gazing into each other’s eyes. Ariana started putting her arms around Steve. Steve started putting her arms around Ariana.

Before they both went in for the kiss, they both made sure that each other felt comfortable being touched romantically. Without thinking about the consequences, Steve and Ariana were about to kiss. Steve’s phone rang.

Steve pulled out his phone. “It’s Jamal. I better answer this.“, Steve said. “Wait!“, Ariana said.

Steve waited. “Jamal and Amanda are the ones that had this competition started in the first place. They might think we’re just about to do it and make us lose. Therefore, don’t answer him.“, Ariana said. “Okay.“, Steve said. Steve put his cell phone away.

“Now, where were we?“, Ariana asked while smiling and playing with her hair. Steve and Ariana started going in for the kiss again. Then Ariana’s phone rang.

Ariana pulled out her phone. Ariana put her phone away. “It’s just Amanda. Okay, back to us.“, Ariana said.

Steve and Ariana were going in for the kiss. A knock was heard at Steve’s door. “Steve, can you go take the trash out for me. Please. Thanks.“, Anna said.

“Sorry, babe. Maybe tomorrow.“, Steve said. Steve left the room. Ariana was left there looking and feeling disappointed.

***

It was Tuesday, September 16, 2003. It was evening. In my room, I and Amanda were playing video games together on my Sony PlayStation.

Amanda paused the game. “Hey, why don’t we stop playing games for a moment and just talk instead?“, Amanda asked. “Okay.“, I said.

“You know, there was this one time last year where I almost had my first kiss.“, I said. “There were many times in the past where you almost had your first kiss.“, Amanda said. “I think one of those times was last Christmas if I remember correctly. One of Steve’s cousins was into me and almost succeeded in kissing me under the mistletoe.“, I said.

“I’d rather not talk about that Canadian girl. I don’t like her. At all.“, Amanda said. “Can we please talk about something else baby?“, Amanda asked. “Okay, sure. But I can’t think of anything else to talk about.“, I said.

“Yeah, me neither.“, Amanda said. “I guess we could both sit here until something comes to mind.“, I said. “Sure, I’d love that.“, Amanda said.

The room was silent as both of us were trying to think of something to talk about. As we were trying to think of something to talk about, I was fiddling with my socks while Amanda was playing with her hair. As we were doing that, it was still silent in the room.

We started staring into each other’s eyes again. I started getting nervous while Amanda started blushing. We started putting our arms around each other and was about to go in for our first kiss.

And without thinking about the consequences, my lips touched Amanda’s lips. We went in for the kiss and finally started kissing. We were kissing on the lips and we both enjoyed every second of it. It was truly one of the most romantic things we ever did together as boyfriend and girlfriend.

The kiss lasted for about fifteen seconds. Then the kiss ended. “So, we finally did it. Our first kiss.“, Amanda said. “Yep.“, I said.

“How did it feel?“, Amanda asked. “It felt amazing.“, I said. “You?“, I asked.

“Same here.“, Amanda said. “Okay, so I guess this means that we’re the better couple.“, I said. “Yeah, I guess so.“, Amanda said.

“Let’s call Steve and Ariana.“, I said. “I think telling the losers the news can wait until tomorrow.“, Amanda said. “Okay, we’ll tell them tomorrow then.“, I said. “Great.“, Amanda said.

“So, you wanna hop back on the controllers?“, I asked. “Nah, now I don’t really feel like playing video games tonight.“, Amanda said. “Okay, well, you wanna watch some TV?“, I asked.

“Nah, I don’t really feel like watching TV tonight either.“, Amanda said. “Hey, I’ve got a few superhero comic books we can read together.“, I said. “Thanks, but no thanks.“, Amanda said.

And we still had nothing to do as we were both sitting on my bed. “Well, I guess it’s your call now. Whatever you want to do, I’ll be cool with-“, I said. Then Amanda quickly put her arms around me. I put my arms around her. Then we started kissing way longer than fifteen seconds.

***

It was Saturday, September 20, 2003. Two Seconds To Detroit along with myself was back in the basement of the apartment complex where I and Steve lived. The band was getting ready to perform while I was getting ready to record. It was in the afternoon.

“Well, these first two weeks of the new school year sure have been awesome.“, Brad said. “Yeah, two down and many more weeks to go before the next summer break.“, Kevin said. “And the best part about this school year so far is the fact that I and Amanda are the better romantic couple than Steve and Ariana.“, I said.

“In your dreams. You two still haven’t been able to prove that you had your first kiss.“, Steve said. “Yeah, and we’re gonna have ours real soon.“, Ariana said. “Fine, you want proof so bad?“, Amanda asked. “I’ll give you some proof.“, Amanda said.

Amanda walked over to me, put her arms around me, and started kissing me on the lips for several seconds. “There, is that proof good enough?“, Amanda asked. “Woah, they did it. They actually did it. I can’t believe it.“, Nathan said.

“Dang it, Jamal, we wanted to be first.“, Steve said. “Sorry, Steve, a win is a win.“, I said. “Well, if that’s how it’s gotta be, I don’t mind being second.“, Ariana said.

“What the heck are you talking a-.“, Steve said. Then Ariana quickly put her arms around Steve and both of their lips were touching each other. That kiss also lasted for several seconds.

After that, the kiss ended. “Two kisses in one day?“, Brad asked. “Man, you two couples must really love each other.“, Nathan said.

“Wow, we just had our first real kiss. I feel like I just died, went to heaven, and got kissed by an angel.“, Steve said smiling. “Yeah, and you better get used to it from now on.“, Ariana said smiling and winking at Steve. “Okay, let’s get this music thing started.“, Kevin said.

The band started getting ready to perform. They were fully ready to perform and I was fully ready to record. “Okay, recording in 4, 3, 2, 1.“, I said while holding the camcorder. Then the band performed the song She Loves You by The Beatles.

***She Loves You Song Lyrics***

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah You think you’ve lost your love

Well, I saw her yesterday-ay

It’s you she’s thinking of

And she told me what to say-ay

She says she loves you

And you know that can’t be bad

Yes, she loves you

And you know you should be glad

She said you hurt her so

She almost lost her mind

But now she says she knows

You’re not the hurtin’ kind

She says she loves you

And you know that can’t be bad

Yes, she loves you

And you know you should be glad, ooh

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah

With a love like that

You know you should be glad

You know it’s up to you

I think it’s only fair

Pride can hurt you, too

Apologize to her

Because she loves you

And you know that can’t be bad

Yes, she loves you

And you know you should be glad, ooh

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah

With a love like that

You know you should be glad

With a love like that

You know you should be glad

With a love like that

You know you should be glad

Yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

***She Loves You Song Lyrics***

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