Tuesday 15th February
“P-T Gazz’s plc Sat nt 8-?! Gona rok!. Pass it on”
Sharon, the ‘newbie’ to the gated community of Garden Grove, was lying on India’s plush, queen-size bed trying to decipher the text message on her friend’s latest-release iPhone. Sometimes India wondered at her new friend’s naivety. Thank goodness she was prepared to help her, (without it, she wouldn’t last a day at Morrison High), “There’s a party at Garry’s house, Saturday night 8pm til whenever.”
“Oh, okay. It doesn’t matter anyway, India, it’s not like we’re going.”
“Speak for yourself! Jackson’s going to be there.” India gave an indifferent half-laugh, “Not that I’m interested or anything, but hey, if it’ll tick off that crashy Tina, I’m in! Besides,” India’s persona became suddenly, and uncharacteristically, giggly, ‘Tom will be there. He’s asked about you; and don’t tell me you’re not interested, I’ve seen you checking him out with those innocent doe-eyes of yours. You’ve got the goods, girlfriend, and as they say, ‘got it, flaunt it!’” Sharon had a shy, Sandra Dee smile on her blushing face.
“How would we get there? I mean, it’s not like we can ask your parents for a lift.” OMG, this girl was so dense!
“Sharon, dear, I can’t ask them, buuuut… maybe you could coax your bro into giving us a lift? He wouldn’t have to wait around, we’ll just get a taxi back here….or maybe you’ll be too busy with T.O.M. to…”
“India! Don’t say that! I’m…well, I’m not like that.”
“Um, excuse me? Are you saying that you’re still…you know…a virgin?” India was actually surprised by this fact, but nowhere near as embarrassed as Sharon if her deep red cheeks were anything to go by.
“By choice?” Surely not.
“Of course!” India was taken aback by this. She knew most of the 500-plus teenaged girls at Morrison’s; the handful of ‘untouched’ ones were only so because they were so shy, ugly, or desperate the guys wouldn’t go there. Sharon interrupted her thoughts, “Well, he does owe me; I’ve done a ton of covering up for him over the years! Let me ask him, if he agrees I’ll consider it. Okay?”
“You’re an angel.” India hugged her new BFF with a giggle. But somewhere within her a strange feeling began its journey to the surface. And when it erupted, it would leave a trail of destruction that could not be repaired by human hands.
Sunday 20th February
“Sharon. No words can say what I am feeling in my heart. I am so desperately sorry. I don’t know what came over me. The party was going great; I was dancing with Jackson, and really getting to Tina. Then, I saw you, miss goody-two-shoes, dancing with Tom. And I was jealous. Have you ever felt jealousy, Sharon? I thought I had, but I’d never experienced it like last night. Suddenly it became clear how different we are; you, the quiet, introverted little angel, and me, the OTT, extroverted buffoon. How could he possibly choose me with you around? You know, I actually talked myself into believing I deserved him, I mean we’ve been friends for years! I couldn’t lose him...not to you.
“So I paid Garry for his ‘services’, and then waited for him to make his move. Your innocence made it so simple; he just slipped it into your Coke, and I knew you’d never suspect that this handsome stranger was drugging you at your “BFF’s” bequest. But I honestly did not know he’d take advantage of your sudden outgoing disposition. To think when Tom called me over to the bedroom I actually thought…well…”
Tears fell from India’s shameful, usually confident face. Now, hindsight tortured her as she recalled the horrific consequences of her actions.
“When I saw you there, unconscious, half-dressed…oh God, what was I thinking? I thought it would just make you appear off your face, like you’d drunk too much. I didn’t know it could put some people into a coma, I promise.
“Oh Sharon, what have I done? How can you possibly forgive such an act of betrayal?”
A small movement on the hospital bed startled India’s eyes open. And in a barely audible, but oh-so-strong voice, Sharon replied,
“Because we all are sinners and fall short of the glory of God. And as Christ has forgiven me of my sins against him, so I forgive you of yours against me.” 1
1. Based on Romans 3:23
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