The boy with the computer device thing, was the first to answer: "Eh, sure, I'd love to come" He responded simply.
Shawn raised an eyebrow and couldn't help, but smirk. The guy actually took him up on that. "Groovy."
He turned to the next boy. He had a quick grin on his face, that vanished as soon as Shawn looked at him. Something Shawn said must've amused him. He didn't know it, but Shawn had that effect. At least he seemed to warm up the seemingly shy kid. Shawn looked down at the notebook the guy had; Ben was his name. Ben is a gnarly name. He wished Jake name was Ben. So then his best buddy could be named Ben.
"No, thank you." Ben said.
"That's cool. Maybe next then, huh Ben-o?" Shawn gave Ben a friendly smirk, and gave him a matching friendly pat on the arm as well.
He looked at the girl, who remained silent, trying to hide her face into what she was working on. The notebook labled Suzanne. Shawn realized his presence was making the bashful little girl nervous and he figured he'd leave really soon for her specifically. "Sorry for bothering you. I'll be going soon."
Shawn turned to see his buddy Jake grinning at him. Jake was in and also said he'd ask his other friend Madelyn Conner if she was interested. It was odd, Jake and Mad Conner were much closer with each other than they used to be. It was a very curious thing for Shawn.
"Are you going to ask Mae to come too?" Jake said.
For the first time. Shawn was at a loss for words. Images popped into his head from the school newspaper and previews of the year book, from the party. Word had spread around quick about Shawn rescuing Mae from drowning. There was always a moment, whenever Mae and Shawn happened to be around each other, someone wanted to take their picture for the yearbook. People were really making it like the two were dating or something. Shawn felt uncomfortable with the new found attention, but well, he tried to ignore it the best he could.
"Mae likes animals," Jake clarified. "I mean, her parents have that whole horse thing." Oh, that was good, she was into the animals too.
"Sure, man. You can ask them both, if they wanna go. More the Merrier."
Shawn turned to the other three sitting on the bench. Ben and Suzanne were back to their Notebooks writing something. But the other boy, the one who wanted to come to the zoo too, looked puzzled.
"That's awesome you wanna go with us man. I'll see you there." Shawn looked at the boy realizing they didn't know each other's names. He gave a friendly smirk. "What's you're name again, dude?"
The boy introduced himself as Zach. Oh yeah, he remembered talking to a Zach before. Was it the same one? They looked the same. Shawn turned around to see his sister's car (mini-limo, same thing) pull into the school's driveway.
Shawn extended his hand for a handshake. "Cool. Just in case you didn't know me... My name's Shawn Morrison."
Continued Elsewhere... after The Handshake.]]