Lindsey stood in front of her bathroom mirror applying her mascara and thinking about the upcoming party she was about to attend. She knew it was risky going to this party. It wasn't a secret that there would be alcohol there and many underage kids would be drinking. For the last two days, since she found out about the party, she tried to tell herself that it was alright to go. After all, she wasn't going to drink.
She admired her reflection in the mirror. It felt good to put on something other then a volleyball uniform. For the last three months that's all she had time to do, play volleyball. This weekend was the first weekend she didn't have games and she intended on having a good time. Lindsey was pretty confident that nobody at the party would pressure her to drink. They all knew how committed she was to God and to her volleyball career. Just a drop of alcohol could get her kicked off the team. She would never risk that.
“Wow. Look at you.” Dariah said when Lindsey got into her car. “I'm not used to seeing you all dressed up. Got someone to impress?” She winked at her while pulling out of her driveway.
“I just wanted to feel like a girl tonight and to put volleyball out of my mind, just for one night.”
“I'm sure Trevor will be there tonight. I don't think the guy misses a party.”
“That's why I need to forget about him. He may come to Youth Group but it's obvious he's not living for God.”
“That doesn't change the fact that he's cute and popular and has eyes only for you.” She teased.
“Cute and popular only go so far. Knowing Christ lasts a lifetime.” Lindsey winked at her friend before getting out of the car.
They walked through the front door and were bombarded by all the party goers excited to see Lindsey. She was taken aback by how many people offered her a drink when they all knew she didn't drink.
Her friend Riley shoved a bottle of beer at her and insisted she take it. Finally after the fifth time of telling him she didn't want the beer, she forcefully grabbed it from his hand and started to put it down on the ledge behind her but she didn't have the chance. The police entered through the open doorway and grabbed whomever was standing closest and didn't have a chance to run away. Lindsey was one of the kids that was taken into the police station.
In the police car Lindsey could feel the mascara that she so carefully applied only a few hours ago, run down her face. She knew things did not look good but that didn't stop her from praying. Lord, you know that I didn't have anything to drink tonight. Please give me the words to say to convince the police of this fact. I'm sorry for putting myself in this position but if you could get me out of it, I'd be very grateful. Hear my prayer Lord.
After a half an hour of being detained, her mom and dad finally arrived at the station with questions in their eyes. Lindsey felt like she couldn't cry anymore but when she saw the tears glistening in her dad's eyes, she let them flow again. “Daddy, I'm so sorry. But honestly, I didn't drink anything. And I never intended to drink anything. Please believe me.”
He brought her into his arms. “I do believe you sweetie but we've talked about this very thing. If you hang out with people that do things they shouldn't, everyone will just assume that you do those things too.”
“I wished I would have thought about that before I went to that party.”
Lindsey looked over her dad's shoulder and saw her coach walk through the doors. She also saw the disappointment in his eyes. How many people, besides herself, did she let down tonight?
Lindsey was going to explain everything to him but he put his hand up to stop her. “Lindsey McDonald, I know you and I know you didn't drink. It might be difficult to convince others of this because of the place you were found But we'll work this out. Just promise me you'll never pull a stunt like this again.”
For the first time in an hour, Lindsey smiled. That was a promise she would make and keep.
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