Chapter Three
Chapter 3
By: Shelly Corvin

Men-they'll never listen! (Especially Tommy)

"My God! How long is the walk up to this park," Adam said panting as he tried to keep up with the others who were jogging at a leisurely pace.

"Who knows? It looks like were almost there though so shut your mouth! Maybe if someone hadn’t decided to sit on his big butt for the past couple of weeks he wouldn’t have such a hard time keeping up," Tanya shouted at Adam.

"I wasn’t sitting on my butt . . .I was merely resting it. Besides, I can’t believe you just said that to me, Tanya."

Tanya looked back and laughed at the puppy dog eyes he was giving her. "Oh, give it a rest Adam! You didn’t have any problems making cracks at Rocky or any of us. Why should I hold back all the witty comments I think of just because your feelings will supposedly get hurt?"

"Guys, this is not the time for it," Kim shouted at the bickering couple.

"I wanted to ride the tram but noooo . . ." Adam muttered to himself. "If we had ridden the tram we would be at the gates all ready. It wouldn’t be so bad if Tommy hadn’t parked at the end of the parking lot."

Tommy came to a halt suddenly and yelled, "SHUT UP! Guys, this is no time for this all right. We have to find Rocky and make sure he gets through this."

Kim and Adam shook their heads in agreement, and Tanya said, "Agreed."

"Which means no wisecracks Tanya," Kim said eyeing her.

"Listen girl, I may make wisecracks, but I’m not totally insensitive."

"Guys, we really should go find Rocky," Adam said. He ran around a corner and started to say, "The ticket booths! Thank you," before running head first into a camera guy. "I’m sorry sir. I wasn’t looking as you can see."

"Damn it, kid. Now I have to edit this f*&^ing part out."

"Geez, I said I was sorry. Besides, I really don’t think your use of profound language is necessary."

"Shut the f#$k up kid! Just go back to acting like the camera isn’t there which you’re supposed to be doing."

"OK, Mr. Potty Mouth."

Tommy, Kim, and Tanya on the other hand were rolling on the floor laughing.

"Shut up," Adam said as he started to blush.

"The ticket booths. Thank God," Tommy said looking around every which way as he imitated Adam and pretended to run into a wall.

"Leave me alone," Adam said turning his head away in embarrassment.

"It’s OK, clutz," Tanya said before going up to Adam and rubbing the spot on his head which he had hit.

The foursome then ran up to the ticketbooths and then once again realized they didn’t have any money.

"Hi maam, we’re from the TV show Road Rules, and see we have to get into the . ." Adam started to babble before being interrupted by the cashier.

"Stop babbling Hon, I know that. I’ve been waiting for you; your friend is all ready inside. You better find him."

"Thank you maam," Tanya said before she yanked Adam through the gates. They walked up to a map near an enormous fountain and tried to figure out where they were supposed to go.

"What are we looking for again," Tommy said studying the map intently.

"Note, if we have anything important to remember let’s not leave it up to Tommy," Kim said laughing and then wrinkling her nose up at him in a playful smirk.

"Hardy har har Kim," Tommy said pulling his hair back into a ponytail. "It’s looks like we’re supposed to head up to Cyclone Bay to the Dive Devil, smarty-pants."

Kim stuck her tongue out in response before grabbing Tommy’s hand and heading up towards the ride.

"You’d think they’d be able to put in some escalators here," Adam said as they continued to walk up a very long hill towards the ride.

"Aww, quit your whinin’ boy! You’re starting to sound as bad as Rocky," Tanya said as she yanked his hand again in order to make him keep up with the group.

"As bad as Rocky? OK, I’ll shut up."

The group quickly reached the ride to find Rocky talking to the operator. He turned when he saw his friends coming up and said, "Well, it’s about time guys. You’d think you would have been able to get there a little faster since I wasn’t with you to slow you down." The group laughed at Rocky’s attempt at a joke to lighten the mood, but everyone could see the fear in his eyes as he looked at the arch.

"All right kids, this is the deal. You’re going to be raised up in the air a hundred and fifty feet and then we’re going to drop you. You’ll probably be able to reach speeds of 60 miles per hour if that. Now you can go alone or three of you can go at a time. It’s as simple as that."

"It’s as simple as that, it’s as simple as that. That’s what he keeps saying, but I’m so not believing that," Rocky said as he ran a hand though his close cropped hair.

"Rocky, you don’t have to do it," Kim said wrapping her arm around him.

"That’s the thing Kimmie, I do have to do it. This whole journey is about facing our fears, right? If I don’t do this, what would the point of even have agreeing to be on this journey been?"

Kim raised her eyebrows and then nodded her head. "You’re right. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but you’re right, Rocky."

"Listen man, there’s nothing to worry about. The cord won’t snap. These people have to check the rides out every day just to make sure that they’re safe. Besides, it’s not like they’d let you die. How would they finish out the TV show," Tommy said laughing.

Kim smacked Tommy on the stomach and then said, "Don’t listen to him. Well, except for the part about your cord not snapping."

"Yeah, we’re all here for you. Nothing is going to happen," Adam said rubbing his shoulder.

"Yeah, go for it, Rocky," Tanya said.

"I’ll catch you if the cord snaps," Tommy said.

Rocky gave him a dirty look and then turned to stare up at the arch again.

"So who wants to go first," the ride operator said.

They all looked over expectantly at Rocky, and he said, "I will."

Rocky then allowed himself to be strapped into the harness. They attached a pulley rope to the harness and suddenly Rocky felt himself being lifted off of the ground and into the air. He glanced down at his friends once, and they all waved and smiled at him, but then he returned his gaze to the sky. Well, I can honestly say I never thought I’d be doing this again. Up in the air, having only a cord to save me from hitting the ground . . .it all seems so, outrageous and stupid. Rocky smiled at the thought. I would do something stupid. Then again, it’s doing what seems like stupid things are and taking chances that makes life worth living. If nobody dared to do the stupid things, we’d live in a pretty boring world. At least after I get over this damn fear I’ll be able to fight with Tanya again. Having this thing knaw at my insides, it’s just taken all the fun out of this first part of the trip. Wait, it’s only been about an hour since we found out . . .Rocky laughed out loud at the realization then looked around to see how high up he was. And he was high! The rope stopped pulling him up, so he knew he was at the maximum height. He took a moment to look around and was sort of amazed at how beautiful the surrounding mountains and deserts were. Seeing them, he realized that he’d try to enjoy everything the trip had to offer.

"Are you ready kid," the operator called out from below.

Well, here goes nothing. Rocky said a quick prayer, stuck his arms out in the air, and yelled, "You got it!" He felt the pulley rope give way, and he then yelled, "Bonsai," as he plummeted towards earth. Rocky gained speed all too quickly(in his opinion) as he swung down towards the earth. "Don’t you think I’m going a little too fast sir?!" Oh God, please let this cord hold. Then all of a sudden just as he though he was going to smack into the ground and when he yelled, "Oh my God, don’t you think I’m a little too close to the ground," he felt himself rise up into the air. Rocky let out whoops of joy as he swung back in forth in the arch motion, and his friends all cheered him on.

It was then over all to soon as the man unstrapped Rocky from the harness. He looked up at the arch, blew a kiss at it, and then mouthed "Thank you" before being shoved to the ground by Kim and Tanya who had ran at him full force to hug him knocking him over in the process. They all got up and finally proceeded to share a round of hugs.

"Rocky, I’m so proud of you," Kim said giving him a peck on the cheek.

"Same here," Tanya said before doing the same.

Rocky got up and then held out his hands to help the girls before he said, "Ladies, if I had known you would be so enthusiastic to reward me for defeating my fear I would have done this awhile ago. Just to let you know, I’m also afraid of clowns, sea monkeys, Michael Jackson . . ."

"Boy, shut your mouth right now. Don’t ruin this moment for me," Tanya said shaking her head.

"Aww Tanya, I’m so glad that you’ve gotten back into your PMS mode with me again," Rocky said laughing.

"PMS? Honey, you haven’t even been allowed to see me in full PMS mode, so don’t even start . . ."

"You actually get worse than this," Rocky said extending his arms straight out in front of him with his palms up to point at her.

Tanya started to run over to slap him, but he ducked behind the fence and said,"Tanya, you can’t touch this."

"Boy, I wouldn’t want to touch THAT," she said rolling her eyes at him.

"All right," the ride operator said wiping his eyes dry from the tears he had from laughing, "who’s next?"

Tanya and Kim looked at each other and then said, "We are!"

Tommy and Adam exchanged confused looks, and then Tommy said, "Girls, we thought you wanted to go with your loving boyfriends."

"Nope," Kim said as she was being strapped into the harness.

"Yeah, we want to make sure that the cord doesn’t snap," Tanya said as she also was.

"Are you insinuating that we’re fat," Adam said incredulously.

"Well Adam, muscle does weigh more than fat, so I can see why Kim might be afraid to ride with me," Tommy said nonchalantly.

"Oh yeah, me too. I mean, with Tanya I mean," Adam quickly piped in as he shook his head vigorously.

"Don’t flatter yourselves," Kim said laughing as the two woman began to be hoisted into the air.

"Yeah, you two ARE NOT all of that," Tanya added.

"They may not be, but I am ALL THAT and a bag of chips with a malt on the side," Rocky said shaking his hips and snapping his fingers in the air. "In fact, if I were a girl I would be all over someone who looked like me."

"Rocky, if I were down there right now I’d smack you silly," Tanya shouted at him as the girls continued to be lifted higher in the air. Kimberly on the other hand was lost in a fit of giggles.

"Oh come on Tanya! You know if you were me you’d be feeling yourself up!"

"If I were you I’d smack myself and then put myself out of my misery," Tanya said which caused Tommy and Adam to burst out laughing.

"Guys, it wasn’t that funny," Rocky said crossing his arms.

However, Tommy and Adam obviously thought it was because they were doubled over laughing still.

"GUYS, it wasn’t that funny," he said again.

"Oh yes it was," the ride operator said before staring to laugh again himself.

"Nobody asked for your opinion," Rocky muttered to himself. However, Tommy and Adam heard his little comment and started laughing again.

The girls quickly finished there ride on the Dive Devil, then it was the guys turn.

As Tommy and Adam were being strapped in, Rocky muttered to the girls, "I’m so antsy. There are SO many rides. I’m sick of watching people ride this thing. It’s no fun unless you’re the person who is riding it."

"I have to agree," Tanys said.

"Well . . .why don’t we just wonder off as Tommy and Adam are hoisted into the air," Kim said wiggling her eyebrows.

"Kimmie . . .how naughty and mean to do to our *loving* boyfriends. I’m all for it," Tanya said laughing.

The trio waited until Tommy and Adam were hoisted up halfway in the air and then they started to walk off when they heard Adam shout, "Where are you guys going?"

"Yeah, you aren’t leaving us, are you," Tommy added.

"We’re bored! We’re going to go ride Batman. You guys can meet us over at the Gotham City Backlot," Kim yelled at them.

"That’s not fair! We had to wait for all of you when you got to go," Tommy yelled at them.

"Oh well! It’s your fault that you guys were too stupid to think of going on a ride while we had our little turn on the arch," Tanya yelled back at him.

"Tanya!!!I’m not stupid," Adam yelled at her. "I was just being a considerate boyfriend, so I waited for you."

"Oh shut up Adam! Don’t try to throw that sincere boyfriend crap on me. You’re a big boy, start thinking for yourself."

"Yeah, you big morons. I mean honestly, not being smart enough to think of riding one of the rides while . . ." Rocky shouted before being cut off by Tommy.

"ROCKY," Tommy angrily yelled at the man.

"Bye," Rocky shouted quickly turning around to run to catch up with the girls. Instead, he ended up smacking into them because they were only two feet behind him.

"Rocky," Kim growled at him.

"Sorry," he replied sheepishly. "I thought you guys had left me."

"I wish we had," Tanya said as she rolled her eyes.

"But you didn’t," Rocky said smiling.

"Come on," Kim said yanking him as she and Tanya began to walk off again.

Meanwhile, at the same time on the Dive Devil Ride

"Adam, we are so being screwed over on this trip," Tommy muttered as they were lifted the last couple of feet.

"What do you mean?"

"What do you mean , what do I mean? We had to wait around for the girls when they rode this . . ."

"Actually Tommy, we didn’t have to wait . . ."

"And the girls found the winnebago before because they ran off . . ."

"Well, we could have ran off to find it too. . ."

"And the GIRLS got to go first on this ride . . ."

"Well, that was because it was the gentlemanly thing to do. And because we never would have heard the end of it from them if we had even tried to get ourselves on the ride before they had . . ."

"Adam, you’re not getting my point," Tommy said shaking his head.

"So? Have you even listened to anything I’ve said," Adam asked.

"No," Tommy admitted.

"Well, maybe you should try to because I’m sick of taking everyone’s crap and nobody listening to me . . ."

However, Adam’s rant was cut short as the cord started to swing forward and the boys began to hurtle towards the earth.

At the same time Tommy and Adam are hurling towards earth, in line at Batman

"Dang girl! How long is this line," Tanya said as they continued to walk further and further away from the ride in order to actually get in line to the ride.

"I don’t know, but I’m beginning to wonder if it’s worth it," Kim said fanning herself with a program as she finally reached the end of the line.

"Oh, it’s worth it! This is Batman," Rocky said. "Da na, na na, na na, Da na, na na . . ,"

"Rocky," Tanya said is a threatening tone.

"Batman," he sung smiling.

"Girl, um um umm, get a look at him," Tanya said taking Kim’s elbow and pointing her in the direction of a very hot Italian man with above the shoulder length black hair.

"Oh wow," Kim said as her eyes bulged open at the site of this guy.

"You said it," Tanya said shaking her head in admiration.

"Boy, I’d like to break me off a piece of that," Kim almost growled.

"And run my hands up and down that stomach of his," Tanya said licking her lips.

"Wait, we have boyfriends," Kim said shaking her head as if to get rid of the thoughts about the man.

"Oh . . .yeah, we do. Very cute boyfriends that have stomachs . . ."

"Almost as nice as his," Kim said regretfully.

The man turned around to find the two young ladies drooling over him and flashed them a charming smile.

"Ahhh," Kim and Tanya both sighed.

Then the man’s wife turned around to find the two young ladies staring at him, and she immediately yanked him out of site.

"Darn," Tanya muttered.

"Tsk, tsk," Rocky said.

Kim and Tanya both turned around to see Rocky standing there with his hands on his hips shaking his head. They moved forward a couple of feet, and then Rocky said, "Oh how two devoted boyfriends would love to hear how their girlfriends literally drooled over another man?"

Kim and Tanya exchanged worried glances, but then Kim walked over to Rocky, wrapped her arm around his waist, and said, "But those two boyfriends don’t REALLY have to know about that."

"I don’t know," Rocky said shaking his head.

Tanya then walked over to his other side and began tracing a line up and down his arm, "I don’t think they do."

Rocky closed his eyes, "Well, maybe they don’t."

"We can make it worth your while," Kim whispered into his ear.


"We saw that girl you’ve been checking out in line. We can make you look very desirable," Tanya said.

"Well . . . all right," Rocky said.

"Just nod your head if we ask you something," Kim added quickly.


Kim and Tanya grabbed arms and walked ahead quickly giggling to talk to the redhead.

"Hi," they both said to the girl in line.

"Uh . . .hi," she said suspiciously.

"We’re here to warn you about that guy right there," Kim said pointing to Rocky, who noticing Kim pointing at him and grinned shyly.

"What’s there to warn about him? He looks so sweet and innocent," the girl said smiling.

"Oh, he’s not that innocent. That boy has a rash in his groin area from pleasuring himself to often," Tanya said in a a very informative manner. Kim and the redhead’s eyes both bulged out at the comment though.

"Tanya," Kim said through closed teeth as she nudged the girl.

"Gross," the girl said wrinkling her nose up in disgust.

"He’s in the bathroom so many times a day that we hardly ever see him. He’s obsessed with doing that," she added. "Don’t ya Rocky," Tanya shouted at the poor boy.

"Yep," Rocky yelled back happily, going along with what Kim had asked.

"That is so sick! Thanks for telling me," the girl said shaking her head.

"No problem," Tanya said as she took the still astonished Kim by the arm and led her back to Rocky.

"Tanya, that was so mean," Kim said before she burst out laughing.

"I know," Tanya said before she also burst out laughing.

"So," Rocky asked eagerly when the girls reached him.

"Go for it," Tanya said.



As Rocky walked towards the girl, Kim hit Tanya on the arm. "You shouldn’t have let him go over there."

"I know, but watch."

The two girls watched intently as Rocky walked over to the girl, asked her out, and was responded to with a, "You sicko," followed by a hard slap across the face.

Rocky backed away very confused, but then his confusement turned to anger as he marched back over to the girls. "What did you say to her?"

"Nothing," Tanya said innocently.

"Kim," Rocky pleaded.

"She told her that you had a rash from too much masturbation," Kim blurted out. Rocky eyes narrowed, and the people in line in front of them eyed the boy warily and then inched forward casually.

"You didn’t say anything in my defense, Kim," Rocky asked.

"No," Kim said slowly before starting to laugh as she noticed that Tanya was laughing at her side. "It all seemed so funny at the time."

"Well, your two idiots are so going to hear about how you wanted to rub up on the Italian!"

Tanya suddenly grabbed Rocky by the throat, shoved him up against one of the beams that held up the overhanging they were under which was underneath the ride, and said menacinly, "If you tell my poor, innocent Adam or Kim’s dense lug that we were talking that way about that man, I’ll tell Tommy that you were the one that rubbed IcyHot in his gymshorts and Adam that you were the one who took pictures of he an I making out in the quad during third period and then planted them in his locker so that he’d do your math homework for you because you had forgot it at home!"

"All right, all right, just let me go," Rocky begged.

"That’s what I thought," Tanya said as she let him go.

"Way to go," Kim said as she slapped Tanya a high-five.

"Like I always say, the WOMAN always has the upper-hand."

Around the same time on the Dive Devil

"That was awesome," Tommy said as he finished unstrapping the harness from himself.

"You’re telling me," Adam said as he ran a hand through his hair. "It was incredible."

"Almost as good as sex," Tommy said with a serious face.

"Sex," Adam squeaked. He quickly cleared his throat and then said in a voice deeper than his own, "So you and Kim have had . . .you know?"

Tommy burst out laughing and then said, "Adam, come on. Do you really think Kim and I have had sex?"

Adam looked away and then said quietly, "I don't know. You two are really close and all . . ."

Tommy grinned and then walked in front of Adam to face him. "I just said that because I knew what kind of reaction I'd get out of you." Tommy took his hair down from his ponytail and then continued, "Adam, Kim and I love each other but we aren't stupid. We're way too young, and well, sex is a big step that we aren't ready to take just yet. Just umm," Tommy ran his hand through his hair, "don't tell everyone that."

"Tommy, you don't actually care if everyone knows that you're a virgin, do you?"

"Well . . .no."

"Besides, everyone knows that you are now," Adam said nodding his head towards the camera nonchantly.

Tommy then him a confused look, and then realization hit him and he let out a slow, "Oh yeah."

Adam let out a quick laugh at Tommy's slowness in that situation.Maybe sex slows down his brain

"I guess we should go find the girls," Tommy said walking towards the exit.

"Yeah, and Rocky," Adam said following him.

"I guess him too," Tommy said reluctantly.

"Kids, wait," the ride operator said.

"See ya later and thanks man," Tommy called out.

"Yeah . . . bye," Adam called out as he started to follow Tommy towards Gotham City Backlot. "Tommy, I think that guy told us to wait."

"No, he didn’t. Geez Adam, are we going to have to get you a hearing aid,"Tommy said chuckling.

"I can’t believe those idiots would walk off without the money and the clue. Oh well, I’ll give a minute," the ride operator said leaning back in a chair he had propped up against his booth. After a few seconds he looked at his watch,"Three, two one."

At the very same time, Tommy came running into the ride area followed by a very exhausted Adam. "We forgot the clue," Tommy managed to say between pants.

"Yeah, I was wondering why you guys ran off. I told you to wait," he said as he walked into his booth and retrieved an envelope.

"You did," Tommy said with a puzzled expression.

"I told you, but no, of course Tommy is always right. Maybe we should start saving up for that hearing aid for you," Adam remarked.

"Yeah, yeah," Tommy said reluctantly, "I’ll start listening more."

"Here, you might want this money, divide it between yourselves, and it has to last a week. See you later," Dave said.

"Wait, what about the clue," Adam said.

"Oh yeah, it’s not here. You’re going to have to ride all the rides before you find it."

"Sweet. Thanks again man," Tommy said as he shook his hand.

"No problem. You kids have a good trip," he replied as he shook Adam’s hand.

"You can count on it," Adam said as he ran to catch up with Tommy.

"Well, we better get to those rides."

"Oh yeah!"

A couple minutes later, Gotham City Backlot

"That was so much fun," Kim said as she walked down the exit ramp from Batman.

"Yeah, it was," Rocky agreed.

"Are those the boys," Tanya said putting a hand over her eyes to shield the glare from the sun as she squinted.

"Yeah," Kim said. She noticed that as the two strode forward they were getting quite a number of looks from the girls there. Tommy was wearing a pair of khacki knee-length shorts and a tight black t-shirt, so Kim wasn’t really that jealous about it. With a boyfriend that looked like that, you couldn’t help but get stares. And Tanya noticed that Adam was getting his fair share of stares also in a pair of jean shorts and green tank-top.

The boys noticed, as they spotted the girls, that they were also getting quite an amount of attention from the number of ever present men that were roaming around the park. Kim was wearing a pair of black shorts(almost too short in Tommy’s opinion, but he liked seeing her in them so . . .) and a cropped lavendar halter-top. Adam stopped walking and just stood there as he saw his girlfriend in a jean wrap-around skort and yellow tank-top run up to him.

Rocky was also getting a lot of looks in his black shorts and blue t-shirt. This group was definitely the best looking cast to date.

"Tommy, I missed you," Kim said as she ran up to him, threw her arms around him, and kissed him. (The kiss was added due to Kim’s guilty concious because of the Italian.)

"Mmm, I missed you too. We weren’t gone for that long though," Tommy said chuckling.

"Oh, so you don’t feel the same way," Kim replied as she disengaged herself from their embrace.

"I didn’t mean that," Tommy said pulling her into his arms again.

"Well, what do you mean Mr.Oliver?"

"I . . well . . .I . . ."

"Tommy Oliver tongue-tied? Well, what a surprise . . .NOT!"

"Kim, don’t embarass me."

"Oh sorry my little, shy guy."

"Adam, I’m sorry I left you there," Tanya said to him taking his hand. "I should’ve waited there for you."

"It’s OK, I’m glad you went off and had fun," Adam said blushing.

"You can be so cute sometimes," Tanya said kissing his cheek.

"TANYA, I told you I’m not comfortable with PDA’s," Adam said blushing even more.

"Oh, I’m sorry," she said taking her hand out of his.

"Wait, I didn’t mean that. If I don’t hold your hand, I’ll have evry guy in the park after you," Adam said taking her hand again.

"SHOOOSH! This is so nausiatingly sweet. Can we just please . . .umm, what are we supposed to do now," Rocky said sheepishly.

"First off, let me divide up this money," Tommy said as he pulled out the envelope from his pocket.

"Oh yeah, I’m in the money, something, something, as you can see I don’t know the rest of the words," Rocky sang.


"All right, all right," Rocky responded. As he was handed his money, he counted it up then said, "$150? What a cheapass . . ."

"Well, we each have to make this last a week."

"Here, take my money. I didn’t bring my wallet," Kim said pulling out Tommy’s wallet and sticking it in there. "There ya go," Kim said as she stuck the wallet in his back pocket and slapped his tush.


"What," she replied inncoently.

"Here Adam," Tanya said receaching for his back pocket.

"Hold on," Adam said taking the money out of her hand, "I don’t think I could stand you slapping my butt."

"Here Tanya," Rocky said handing her his money and then bending over slightly, “why don’t you just tuck that in there for me?"

"Thanks," Tanya said as she took the money frpm him and started to walk away.

"Tanya! Give it back,"Rocky said whining.

"I don’t know," she replied shaking her head, "should we really trust Rocky with that money?"

"Good point. Remember when he blew his pay on that thighmaster?"

"Or how about that ice cream maker which he has NEVER used!"

"Oh yeah, and the . . ."

They all looked at each other and shouted, "PACHINKO MACHIENE," before they burst out laughing.

Rocky gave them dirty look and said, "Did we really need to bring that incident up again . . ."

Tanya immediately said, "Yes."

"But you don’t even know . . ."

"Oh yes, I did. I’ve seen a certain video tape of you in that situation."

Rocky looked at her in shock and then said, "GUYS! I can handle it, really," as he shook his head vigorously hoping to change the subject.

"Well . . Tanya give it back to him, but listen Rocky, if you blow your money you’re just going to have to starve because we are not going to bale you out," Tommy said sternly.

"All right, sounds good to me," Rocky said happily as he took his money.

"OK, so what haven’t we ridden," Kim said blowing a piece of hair out of her eyes absently.

"Umm . . .Riddler’s Revenge and Superman," Adam replied.

"How about we ride the Riddler and then Batman?"

"How about we EAT first," Rocky pleaded.

"I am pretty hungry," Tommy said in agreement.

"Same here," Adam stated.

"Hello? Do you know how much the food costs here? It is WAY ovepriced and besides, I don’t think you’re going to want to eat before you ride those rides," Tanya said as Kim nodded her head in agreement.

"Girls, we can handle it. We’ll be fine," Rocky said.

"Yep," Tommy and Adam said.

"Fine," Kim and Tanya said as they shook their heads.

The boys then proceeded to dine on hamburgers, fries, and ice cream as the girls repeatedly warned them not to. Then they waited in line to ride Riddler’s Revenge, the new stand-up rollercoaster. As they were boarding, Tanya and Kim got into the seats about two rows in front of the boys.

"We don’t want to be anywhere near you when you throw-up," Kim said to them as she and Tanya strapped themselves in.

"Women," Rocky said shaking his head.

"Rocky, you have no clue about women," Tommy said laughing.

"I do too! I’ve been around lots of . . .women," he replied defiantely.

"Not for very long though," Adam said laughing as the ride started going up the hill. The ride was three minutes long and amazing considering that it felt like they were flying. After it ended the boys slowly got off the ride and made their way over to where the girls were waiting for them.

Kim slowly grabbed Tommy’s arm, "Sweetie, are you alright?"

"I’m fine," he said waving his hand in her face to stop pestering him.

"Adam, you look a little green," Tanya said with a look of concern on her face.

"I’m fine, please."

The boys took about three steps and then ran over to a trash can where they proceeded to throw-up.

"Told you so," Tanya yelled.

"Oh well, there are three more satisfied customers," Kim said laughing.

"I don’t feel so well," Tommy said as he slowly walked over to Kim.

"Come here you big baby," Kim said as she wrapped her arm around him and guided him over to a bench where they sat down. Tanya did the same with Adam. Rocky, however, appeared to be fine. They all sat there for a half an hour and then walked over to Superman. When they got near the boarding area one of the workers pulled them over and said, "We’ve got your clue, but you aren’t going to have to ride this ride to get it. You’re going to have to climb up the tower. They all looked at up the 51 foot tower and then at each other slowly.

"I’ll get it," Rocky yelled as he started running down the straightaway and towards the tower.

The others looked at each other with frightened faces before running after him and calling out, "WAIT!"

When they caught up with him, Rocky was already starting to climb up that tower.

"That little crap," Tanya muttered as she watched her friend climb up the very high tower.

"Rocky, be careful man," Adam shouted at him.

"Don’t worry, I’ve got it covered," Rocky shouted back at him.

Rocky then reached the top and upon grabbing the bag shouted, "I’m the king of the world! Whoo-hoo-hoo!"

"Rocky, just get down here," Tommy shouted back at him.

"Oh, this is making me too anxious," Kim said rubbing her hands together as she watched Rocky with concern.

"Don’t worry, Kim, he’ll be fine," Tommy said wrapping an arm around her before also glancing up at Rocky with concern.

"He’s going the distance, he’s going for speed," Rocky sang out before slipping as he was 1/4 of the way down.

"ROCKY,"Kim screamed out as his foot caught one of the holds and he hung upside from it.

God, please don’t let me die. Not now! I haven’t even had . . .well, you know. Rocky then slowly reached up and in a very high-pitched voice said, " Don’t worry guys, I’m fine.” Rocky then hurridely made his way down the tower and kissed the ground as soon as his feet were upon it.

Kim then went over to him and smacked him across the arm and said, “Don’t ever do that again.

“Yeah Rocky, you really had us worried,” Adam said.

“Had YOU worried? I was the one who almost plummented to the groundand ended my life prematurely. I think I had myself just a tad more worried,” Rocky shouted at him.

“I wasn’t worried,” Tanya said walking away.

“Tanya come here,” Rocky said.

“Umm . . .no,” she said with wide eyes.

“Look,” Rocky said as he held up her hand to show the others that it was shaking. “Aww Tanya, you do care,” Rocky said kissing her on the cheek.

“Eww, doggy drowl,” she said wiping her cheek. “You didn’t have to announce it to everyone.”

“All right guys, how about the clue maybe,” Kim said with her hands on her hips.

“Oh yeah, Rocky said opening the bag and taking out a dishtowel and a piece paper. “What the heck . .. “ he muttered before Tanya grabbed the paper out of his hands.

“Think you’re going to get a break after that deaf-dfying stunt? Well . . .not! Head down to Melrose Avenue in L.A.and find the Rose Cafe because you’re going to be doing a bit of manual labor,” Tanya said reading the clue.

“Whoop-pee,” Tommy said waving his finger in a circle.

“We’re going to be waitressing,” Kim said wrinkling her nose up as she grabbed the dishtowel from Rocky.

“At least we’re going to L.A. ,” Adam said.

“Hey, maybe I’ll be discovered,” Kim said striking a pose as the others laughed.

“Or me,” Rocky said rubbing his chin.

“Doubt that,” Tanya said as the others headed back to the winnie. After stopping off at a fast-food restarunat for the girls, they all piled back into the winnie to figure out how to get there.

“ I think we should just stay here the night because it looks like it’s going to be a pretty big trip,” Rocky said pointing to the distance between the two cities on the map and letting out a long whistle.

Kim rolled her eyes and then said, “Rocky it’s only an hour away.”

“Oh,” he said quietly. “Can I drive,” he then asked excitedly.

“I don’t know,” Kim said.

Tommy then whispered in her ear, “Let him drive Kim. We can have a little “quality time” .’

Kim giggled and then said, “OK Rocky, go ahead.”

“Are we sure about this people? We will be intrusting our lives with HIM,” Tanya said exaspertatedly.

Adam then nudged her and glanced towards the couch.

“Which will be intrusting into very good hands,” Tanya said in a very exaggerated manner. “Drive away.”

Rocky gave her a strange glance. What’s up with them? He then took his seat behind the driver’s wheel and pulled out of the parking lot at ten o’clock.

“We call the alcove,” Kim said happily before Tommy helped her up into the space above the driver and passengers seats and then got into it with her himself.

“Fine with us,” Tanya said pulling Adam onto the couch with her.

“See, nice and cozy, and nobody can really see what we’re doing,” Tommy whispered into Kim’s ear.

“Well . . .if nobody can see what we’re really doing,” Kim whispered, “we better take advantage of this, huh.” She then pulled him into a heated kiss.

“They didn’t waste any time,” Adam said smiling as he pointed up at Kim and Tommy who were engaged in kisses that were way too hot for TV.

“Do they ever,” Tanya said snuggling into Adam’s arms.

“I’m so tired,” Adam said sleepily.

“Same here. Why don’t we stretch out on the coach and get some sleep?”

“Both of us,” Adam squealed.

“Yeah, unless you want to sleep on the floor,” Tanya said.

“That’s all right, I’ll take the couch.” The two of them also stretched out and before they knew it were engaged in some mild kissing.

Rocky however was oblivious to this because he had turned on the radio and was singing to Hanson. “MmmBop, ba duba dop, ba du bop, ba du dop, ba du bop, ba du, Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose, you can plant any one of those . . .” Rocky then reached turnoff for the 10 east or ten west. He looked around anxiously and then called out, “Hey guys?”

“Rocky, we don’t care just drive,” Tanya mumbled.

“O-K,” Rocky sang out. I guess I’ll go with the ten . . .west. He said as he turned off onto the wrong turn-off. Then he heard movement above him from the alcove. What the hell are they doing? He then proceeded to bang the alcove and yell in a sing-song voice, “What are you guys do-ing?”

Suddenly, Tommy’s long hair appeared out from the alcove which was followed by his face, and he said sternly, “Rocky, just shut up and drive.”

“Yes sir,” Rocky said saluting Tommy as his head disappeared again. Captain asshole he thought. He then heard Kim whisper, “Stop it Tommy,” which was followed by a giggle from the alcove and finally realized what they were doing. Those jerks are making out! He glanced in the rearview mirror and noticed that Tanya and Adam were also kissing. Even those two are making out?! “What am I driving? The sex-mobile,” Rocky yelled out in disgust.

“Rocky, if you say one more word I’m going to slap you silly,” Tanya said.

“It’s not fair,” Rocky muttered to himself, “everyone’s getting some but me. Not for long though.” And with that Rocky proceeded to barrel down the freeway thinking of blondes and movie stars but heading towards . . .Death Valley! Doh!