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Topic: Commitment (01/05/12)
- TITLE: The Big Let Down
By Ken Ebright
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"Can I help you?"
"Uhm I'...m h…ere t...o p…ick up B....eth f...or o...ur date. I'm Ken, by the way."
"I'm sorry, you missed her: She's at work. You may want to call her after 9 o'clock."
At 9:05 he bumbled the phone when he attempted to push the speed dial button. "Hello."
"Beth, this is Ken, Weren't we suppose to go the movies tonight?"
"Yeah, I'm sorry I got called into work. How about next Friday? I promise."
Ken sighed. "Okay, okay. I'll see you then."
The trembling in his hand went away as he rushed out of his car, and ran to the porch squeezing his eyes shut, he poked at the bell, and let out a deep breath when Beth appeared.
"Hey Ken, sorry but I was scheduled to work tonight, all day tomorrow, and Sunday."
Ken hit his hand with his fist. "Beth, you promised, this is the second time you let me down."
"Yeah, I know, but I've gotta work."
"Next Friday we have a date to go to prom. Ken wagged his finger in her face.
"You better be here, or else."
Beth winked her right eye as she smiled. "I promise, we’re going to prom together. I can't wait to go with you. We’re going to have so much fun."
The next Friday, Ken was in a tuxedo and had a corsage in the passenger's seat when he pulled up to Beth’s house.
Beth answered the door. "Hey Ken, bad news for you. I found someone better than you to take to prom."
Ken's face turned red. "Are you serious!"
Pausing, Beth lowered her eyes. "Yes, I’m serious."
Ken let out a deep breath. "I spent $200 to rent a tuxedo, $50 for a corsage and you’re telling me that you’re taking someone else out."
Beth was silent and just stared at Ken
Ken rolled his eyes an stepped closer to Beth. "We’ve known each other since we were in kindergarten; we've been friends for years. This is the third time you’ve disappointed me. If you didn't want to go with me why didn’t just you tell me?"
"I trusted you, you promised. I'll never go out with a woman again as long as I live."
Ken threw the corsage down on the ground. "You can put that in the trash can. What a waste!"
Beth was silent.
He walked to his car. He started it up and gunned the engine three times as Beth watched. He then squealed his tires and drove to a nearby park and cried and sobed.
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