When I opened my eyes, I didn't recognise the room I was in. White walls, white sheets. It was a hotel room. Where was I? I turned to my right. Who was this guy sleeping next to me? I didn't drink much last night. Did I?
I felt really sick, not like my usual hangover. My insides were churning. I climbed out of the bed and realised that I was completely naked. My dress was rumpled up on the floor. I picked it up and held it against my body.
Suddenly something warm pressed up against me from behind. It was a shock but I didn't respond. Two strong arms wrapped around me.
"Morning sexy." A voice whispered in my ear. How could I not remember this guy? He moved his hands around my body, over my boobs, down my belly, between my legs. He was kissing my neck. I didn't know who this guy was, why wasn't I stopping this? I felt weak. Dizzy. Vulnerable.
I tried to speak but my words came out slurred, my heart was racing, paranoia was built up in me. I was about to fall over, I couldn't control my balance. The strange man then moved away and started getting dressed.
I sat on the edge of the bed and started to put my dress on. By the time I got it zipped up the strange man was gone. I picked up my heels and ordered a taxi home.
The taxi ride home was quicker than I expected, I had to have the driver come to my door so I could get the money from my house. "You really don't look so good, I think you should get yourself checked at the doctors." He told me. I could have sworn there was two of him. I paid him then went to change into casual clothes. Then that was it the moment I was dressed in my joggeis and hoodie I felt the vomit rising in my stomach. I ran to the toilet and threw up.
There was a banging at the door. It was the taxi driver.
"Come on." He took me by the arm and guided me to the car. My body practically hung on to him. He slipped me into the back seat and put on my seatbelt. I didn't even know this guy, I don't know why I was letting him take me somewhere.
He drove rather quickly, I was oblivious to where we were going. After around 20 minutes he opened up the door and pulled me out. I could barely walk and my eyes were so heavy.
'Where is he taking me?'
We went through automatic doors. "Can someone help?" He said. Then I blacked out.
When I woke up I was in a hospital room. Wires were stuck in my arms and led up to an IV. A male doctor stood at the bottoms of my bed with a clipboard.
"Yes?" I was finally able to speak again.
"I'm doctor Singh, how are you feeling?"
"Umm...okay I guess, what happened?"
"You have been heavily induced with gamma-hydroxybutyrate which is commonly used as a rape drug."
"Oh my god!" My memory came back. That strange man was Drew. He must have spiked my drink. I didn't understand why, I was willing to go home with him anyway. The last thing I could remember last night was talking to Cai. It was scary, the thought that he could have done anything to me last night and there was nothing I could do.
The doctor handed me a few leaflets explaining drug use and safety when drinking. There was a chance that I could have withdrawal symptoms so he gave me a 'TALK TO FRANK' number. I listened as best I could but all I wanted to do was go home.
I finally got out the hospital and texted Cai.
'Hey need to meet up with you, Starbucks?'
'Yeah! Omg the guy I went home with last night is perrrrfect his name is Ashton total gorge. He has a cute friend I can hook you two up? ;)'
I figured it couldn't possibly be the Ashton I know, but to be in the safe side.
'Aha no I'm good thanks'
'Did you and that guy at the bar hit it off?'
'That's what I need to talk to you about, something serious has happened'
'Omg what? Are you okay? Where are you?'
'Calm down, I'll explain when I get there'
'Okay babe, you better hurry I'm almost there'
I arrived at our local Starbucks and Cai was sitting at a table with my usual caramel hot chocolate. As soon as I went inside the nippy air turned warm and comforting. Cai jumped up and hugged me when she saw me. I took my jacket off and sat down.
"Okay spill!" Cai commanded. I told her what I knew and the look of disgust was spread across her face. "Anna! Oh my gosh I can't believe that! Are they gonna arrest that guy."
"I'm not pressing charges, I was gonna fuck him anyway he just drugged me up for it." I told her.
"I guess that's why your so calm about it, but jeez!"
"Don't worry about it, if I see him again hell loose his nuts." We both giggled and drank some of our hot chocolate. "So tell me about this 'Ashton' guy."
She straightened herself up. "Oh my gosh Anna he is the one. He's funny, cute, has the cheekiest smile ever! Oh and he's Australian." My face dropped.
"Yep I told him about you, I was like oh my friend Anna just got back from there and well he generally seemed interested. You know usually you tell a guy something and they don't care well this guys cared about everything I said." My heart began to race. Was it him? "He's so dreamy and get this, he's in a band, they're actually famous oh my gosh I think he's rich, but that doesn't matter obviously, this guy is the one for me we like the same things and we're so alike with our personalities."
She rambled on and on about her and Ashton. I hadn't told her about what happened in Australia, she didn't know about Ashton and I, and she didn't know about Luke. "He sounds...great, amazing for you."
"I know, right? Oh gosh, I know I don't believe in love at first sight, but what about love at first fuck?" I laughed, she was so silly. "So when do you want to meet him?" She asked.
"Oh...uh, you guys aren't serious. Are you sure you're gonna stick with this one?"
"I have never been so sure of a guy in my life, He wants to get together with me again and he said if I could get you to tag along maybe you can get with his friend, so what do you say? Double date,"
I didn't know what to say, I couldn't tell Cai, she really liked this guy, but what if it was Ashton, the Ashton I knew? "Umm... I don't know, Cai...I..." I looked at her pleading eyes, she was going all puppy dog on me. "Oh god, fine!"
"Yaaaay! It's tonight by the way." She quickly added. I gave her a stern look. She just laughed and drank her hot beverage.
later that night I was getting ready for the date. If I was going to see Luke again, I was going to look my best. Cai walked in humming a tune. "She's so out of reach, and I'm finding it hard cause' she makes me feel, she makes me feel, like I try, like I try, like I'm trying too hard. Cause' I'm not being me, and it's getting me down..."
"What are you singing?" I laughed.
"I've been looking into Ashton's music all day, they are so good honestly why hadn't I found them before? Here listen." She went to give me an earphone but I rejected.
"No thanks, I'll look into it later." I told her, even though I wasn't planning on it.
I looked into the mirror, you could see the fear in my face. I really didn't want to face him again, I know that as soon as I saw him, I'd fall for him. I couldn't do that to myself. I had to stay strong. I was the dominant one. I was in control.
'Tonight we play by my rules.'
*Remember when you go out drinking, do not leave your glass unattended and do not accept a drink if you have not seen it being poured. If you are from the UK you can learn more about safe drinking at the NHS website If you are not from the UK you can ask your local health advisor. The effects of it are a lot worse than what I have written and it is a lot more serious, the scene has been anti-climaxed for the sake of the continuation of the story. Loads of people are affected by drink spiking and date rapes every year, it can happen to anyone anywhere. So have fun, but stay safe.*