I had known Lisa for two years. She was a senior and I was a junior. I was a nerdy mathlete she was the head cheerleader, so we didn’t exactly run in the same circles. But we both did drama and speech. We were friendly enough, not that I ever spent time with her out of school.
That all changed at the regional speech contest in Des Moines.
I had finished my performances in the morning and spent the rest of the day hanging out in the cafeteria with a few friends. Our time goofing around was interrupted by two different students running up to me.
The first said, “Mrs. Nell wants to see you immediately. She said you’ll find her in the coaches prep rooms.”
You could tell I was in trouble because of the glee the student showed in reporting to me. He definitely knew something I didn’t.
As I was gathering my stuff Lisa came up to me. She just blurted, “I need to talk.”
This was definitely a first for me. She looked worried. I wasn’t sure what was wrong but she looked a little sick to her stomach.
“I can’t. I need to go see Mrs. Nell about something,” I said.
“That is what I need to talk with you about.”
I didn’t respond. I wasn’t sure what was happening, but, if possible, I wanted nothing to do with it. I just started walking to the coaches’ prep room.
“Look, Mrs. Nell found a pack of cigarettes in my coat pocket. They were moving all of our stuff to the bus and the pack just fell out.”
“So what. That isn’t my problem.”
“Look. We both have the same Columbia coat,” she said. “When I was helping move everything I accidentally put yours on and she picked up mine. She thinks the coat with the cigarettes is yours.”
“So what,” I said. “I’ll just tell her you had my coat and you’ll have to deal with it.”
“I can’t. I can’t get in trouble. She will certainly turn me in. I may get suspended. Principal Massamino caught me smoking last month and said the next time I would be suspended.”
“Again, not my problem,” I said to her. “I don’t want you to get in trouble, but I don’t want to get in trouble either. I don’t want to get suspended.”
“They won’t suspend you,” Lisa said. “Just tell her you found the pack in the parking lot and were going to throw them away. She’ll believe you. She won’t care. You never do anything wrong.”
“Why do you care. You don’t give a shit about school. Who cares if you get suspended,” I said more as an accusation than a question.
“I am a finalist for the Women’s Club STEM Scholarship. If I get it my college will be paid for. I would be the first person in my family to go to college! And I can’t afford college without it.”
“Bull shit. You have to have straight A’s for that scholarship.”
“I do,” She said. “I have very good grades and my ACT score was 33. I don’t advertise it, but I am very smart and work very hard at school. Please don’t tell anyone. It is dumb, but if people think you’re smart they don’t treat you very well. You should know that!! So, I play dumb.”
I stood dumbfounded. I could only think about how I had misjudged Lisa. I also felt insulted.
“Look, if I get in trouble now there is no way I will get the scholarship. You need to help me.”
I couldn’t think. I empathized with Lisa, but I also didn’t want to get in trouble.
Lisa was so flustered and clearly very upset. Her next words stunned me.
“If you do this for me I’ll give you a blowjob.”
I stood there completely shocked. I didn’t believe her. I was so flummoxed I didn’t say anything. I just stared at her, and awkwardly, was starting to get an erection.
“I’ll give you a blowjob right now. That way you know I’m not lying.”