I turned up at the venue around 5:30pm to find the party already in full swing.
The students were playing a game of truth and dare. I started looking around for familiar faces when my eyes caught two girls sitting at a corner with a posture that showed they weren’t comfortable with the atmosphere.
A closer look at them both made me realize one of them was Jemima, so I concluded the other girl was her friend.
“These girls should better get out of here.” I thought within me as I moved towards them when someone grabbed my shoulder from behind.
I knew immediately it was David.
“Trying to spoil my plan?” He whispered in my ear.
I regained my composure as I turned back to see He and Bright staring at me.
“No, just wanted to be a gentle man by greeting them.” I said directing my eyes to the girls.
David also directed his gaze towards them.
“Wow, so she brought her friend along. Bright, can you please do the job of a gentleman to the friend?” David said with a wicked glean in his eyes.
I was dumbfounded.
Bright left us and went towards the girls. In few seconds, both of them left Jemima alone and went outside.
I felt weak as I couldn’t do a thing to save the poor girl who was now looking more agitated and definitely uncomfortable.
I looked back at David to find him staring back at me.
“What do you want? How about you stop now before you do something you will regret?” I said to him, trying to change his mind.
“I won’t regret this.” He shot back at me.
“How about you help me with something?” he asked.
“Help you? I told you to count me out. Remember?” I said.
“Actually, I think I need to remind you about something. You owe me one; From two years ago.” He said and I wondered what he was driving at.
“What the heck are you talking about?” I asked confused.
“I’ll gladly remind you. There was a day last year your mum caught us watching a pornographic video, which you actually got and make us watch. We told her I got it and what happened?”
“She went ahead to tell my parents and I was punished severely. She even informed the school counselor and I can’t even imagine how many students heard about that.” He said smiling.
“So?” I asked defenseless.
“It’s time to return that favor. What you’ll do for me is so simple.” He said as I stared at him.
“David, but… I thought we are friends. Friends bail each other out right?” I asked.
“O yes! That’s why you will help me too.” He said patting my shoulder.
“Not this kind of help. You kept me out of trouble but this will mean me putting you in trouble or you putting me in trouble. I’m not doing anything.” I said as I moved to go towards Jemima.
She turned at that moment and our eyes met.
“I can still tell your Mum you know.” David said loud enough to catch my attention.
“What did you say?” I asked.
“You heard me.” He said laughing softly.
I couldn’t bear that happening.
“What do you want me to do?” I asked defeated.
“Involve her in the truth and dare game.” He said blankly.
“You’ll dare her to finish this drink in one minute.” He said as he brought out a bottle of coke from his back pocket that I didn’t notice before. I sighed as I collected it and noticed the drink had been opened before.
I did a brief thinking.
“I presume you’ve added something to this drink ?” I asked with shock.
“Yeah, you got it man.” He said in a fearsome manner.
“Please just stop now.” I said.
“Looks like you’ve got a soft spot for this girl. Okay, I promise I won’t hurt her; don’t you see she is lonely.” He said looking towards her.
I looked at her to see her attention was now focused on the players of the game.
He noticed that too and said “She even looks interested in the game. So bro, get on the move. I’ve got eyes on you.” He said as he pushed me forward swiftly.
“What have I gotten myself into?” I asked myself.
As I moved to mix up with the players in the middle of the hall, something told me i was going to regret what i was about to do later.
Did I really have a choice?