Abby wished that she had never heard of Kaitlyn and her party. Then she wouldn’t be sitting at the kitchen table waiting for her parents to get up and tell her her fate. She didn’t know if she was going to be grounded for months, sent away or what?
She shouldn’t have come to the party. She told her mom she was going to Lisa’s, which was true as far as it went. She just left off the part about them also going to Kaitlyn’s. Abby and her family had only lived here six months, and when you’re a pastor’s kid it was hard to make friends. Kaitlyn was so popular, and she had invited Abby and her friend Lisa, to her party!
Abby had been uncomfortable ever since they got here. First, Kaitlyn’s older brother had bought beer for her party. Then they were listening to Hip Hop. Now they were playing truth or dare. Toni, Kaitlyn’s cousin, picked truth and gave all of the gory details about the kinkiest place she had ever done it. The next girl took dare and had to make an obsence prank call.
Kaitlyn looked across the room. “Ok, Abby, truth or dare?”
She didn’t want dare, but what question would they ask? “Ok, truth.”
Toni’s eyes lit up. “Ok, miss prissy pastor’s daughter, how far have you been?” Abby choked on her pop. Toni continued. “First base, second base, all the way? I’d bet you haven’t even gotten to first base.”
Abby didn’t know what to do. If she told them the truth that she had barely been to first base and only once, they would think she was a goody two shoes. She didn’t have a choice. “I changed my mind. I want to do dare.”
“Oh, no that won’t work,” Toni said. “You already said truth. If you don’t answer, you have to do double dare.”
“What’s that?” Abby hesitated.
“We’ll have to talk about it.” Kaitlyn conferred with Toni. “Ok, you have to run around the house one time in your underwear. My dad and brother are already asleep. They won’t be able to see you.”
Lisa’s eyes pleaded with her not to do it, but Abby knew she was sunk if she did truth. Besides, it couldn’t be any worse than being in a bikini.
She stripped and left her clothes on the front steps. She took off running. 1st corner, 2nd corner, 3rd. She was almost home free, but as she rounded the 4th corner, she saw that her clothes weren’t on the step. She froze just as she heard a siren and a car stop right behind her.
Now she was sitting waiting on her punishment. Her parents came in, got coffee and sat down next to her.
“Abby, why did you lie to us about going to the party?” Her dad asked.
“Because I knew you wouldn’t let me go.”
“Did you like it, when you got there?” Her mother asked.
“No, I knew it was wrong, and I wanted to leave.”
“Well, why didn’t you call us?”
“I didn’t want the other kids to make fun of me, but I should have called you.”
Her father put a hand on shoulder “Honey, it seems to me that you made one bad decisions that mushroomed into the next one and into the next one. Abby, do you know that we love you?” She nodded. “Do you know that we give you rules because we love you, and want what’s best for you?” She nodded again. “God is the same way. In His word, he tells us no when there are things that will hurt us. What bad decisions do you think you made?”
“Not being honest to you about the party, and then when they were doing things that I knew were wrong, I should have called you, and then I should have either told the truth or called you then.”
“Abby, honey, you know that we have to punish you, right?” She nodded. “We decided not to punish you for the dare because we thought your ordeal last night and the shame you will face at school will be enough for that. Since you chose to go someplace that you knew was wrong, you won’t be going anywhere except school or church for a month, and since you lied to us, we will be checking out what you say a lot more thoroughly until you build that trust again.”
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