I immediately spot Ishaan straddling a bench, listening to his Zune and staring off into the distance. I also immediately realize he is even better looking than I imagined. He has a striking resemblance to Mohinder from HEROES.
(Dona approaches warily.)
DS: Uh, hi. Ishaan.
IB: Hey. Hi. Heard you were in town. What's going on? Have a seat.
DS (sits hesitantly...doesn't want to beamed in the head by a soccer ball): So, what's going on today? Are you guys getting ready for some big game?
IB: Yes, we're playing Hartford on Saturday....we're pretty psyched about it though. We beat them, we're headed to state.
DS (nods like she understands any of that): Wow, that's great. So, how's school this year? Senior year, right? Ready for college?
IB: My parents are making me crazy.
DS: They're Indian. It's kind of their job.
IB: Yeah, well. They could give me a break once in a while....it's always Ishaan, you must become a doctor. Next day, Ishaan, you must become an engineer. Next day, Ishaan, you must find the cure for cancer while developing the next version of the space shuttle....
DS: They can't be that bad.
IB: (gives me a look)
DS: Yeah, I have Indian parents too....they actually can be like that. So, how's everything else. Friends?
IB (raises one eyebrow): Anyone specific you have on your mind?
DS: I was going to ask about your friend Issa.
(Ishaan narrows his eyes in my direction. )
IB:What about her?
DS: Now that she's not dating...
IB: The new guy?
DS: Rake. Yeah.
IB: Or the old guy.
DS: Adam. Also, yeah.
IB: Do I want to date her. Is that what you're going to ask?
DS: Uh, yeah. (taken aback at how direct and forthcoming this 17 year old is. He meets my eyes squarely)
IB: Yeah, what?
DS: Do you want to date her?
IB: I don't know. Do I?
DS: Um...well, I don't know--
IB: Come on, Ms. Big-shot author. Tell me. Do I want to date her?
DS: Hey! Why are you harrasing me?
(Ishaan looks away)
DS: Girl troubles? (I supply helpfully)
(Ishaan eyes me suspiciously.)
IB: Who told you?
DS: Uh, no one?
IB: You just happened to figure it out?
DS: Well, I am your creator and all--
IB: You're worse than my mom.
(Teenage boys! I swear!!!!)
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