We all finish our pizza and move on to some fun games. Meg suggest spin the bottle, I suggest truth or dare, and Trish suggest the game Clue. We throw Clue out right away. I’m out-voted and we decide on spin the bottle. Our rules of spin the bottle are fairly simple. You spin the bottle, and whoever it lands on, you have to kiss them no matter their gender or if you are dating them or not. If you refuse, you get a punishment of everyone’s choosing. Our punishments are usually pretty bad, so you better get your lips ready. It’ll be different for me now though because I have a boyfriend. I just decide to roll with it.
Meg spins first and it lands on Jayde. Meg goes over to Jayde and says, “Pucker up honey!” and we all laugh. Meg gives Jayde a tiny peck on the lips and we all laugh.
Next up is Jayde obviously, and when she pins, it lands on Zander. Jayde looks at Meg and meg just laughs and points to Zander. Jayde goes over and closes her eyes as if she’s afraid to kiss Zander. Zander looks iffy about it, and looks at Meg. Meg keeps laughing though. She must still be happy about the recall auditions. Jayde gives Zander the quickest kiss I’ve ever seen and practically flies back to her spot on the floor.
Zander spins and he’s so lucky as it lands on Meg. He runs over to Meg laughing and picks her up. Holding her in mid-air, she leans in for a romantic kiss. The kiss lasts about five seconds, and then Meg and Zander are back in their spots.
Meg spins and it lands on Trish. Trish is always weird about spin the bottle, so she says “Nope!” We all tell her, “Come on Trish!” She just shakes her head. We all get in a huddle and come up with a suitable punishment for her. Meg runs and gets a large box we saw in the kitchen. Zander and Ryder pick up Trish, who attempts to put up a fight- but fails- and sets her in the box. Zander and Ryder close the box quickly. Trish pounds on the top, trying to get out. We all laugh at her failed efforts.
I run to Trish’s room and get a few heavy textbooks from her nightstand. I set them on top of the box and we all return back to our seats. We all keep laughing and Trish laughs a little too.
Since Trish can’t spin, they give the spinner to me. I spin, praying for it to land on Ryder. It doesn’t. It lands on Zander. Great. I look at Ryder, who is laughing like Meg was. I can’t though. “Not gonna do it!” I say, knowing I will have a punishment coming.
Zander get’s Trish out of the box. That’s another thing. Whenever you get a punishment, it lasts until someone else get’s a punishment. Then your punishment is over and you join the group again. Trish is laughing as Zander tips the box over and she spills out.
They all huddle together, thinking of a punishment for me. I was a little nervous, but I was having too much fun to not laugh. Ryder brought his phone over to me with a number already punched in. They told me to press the call button.
“Whose number is it?” I asked, still laughing.
“Just press call! You’ll see!” Meg had a devious grin.
I pressed the call button and waited for the ringing. There were about three rings and then someone picked up. My guess was a woman around her late thirties by the tone of her voice.
“Hello? Mrs. Kholeson speaking. Who is calling?”
“Hi… ummm… could I speak with Cass please?” I asked dumbly.
“Yes, just a moment please.” Her mother was so polite. How had she given birth to such a devil?
“Hello?” The voice changed. Cass.
I changed my voice to make myself sound older, “Hello, this is Ms. Natalie calling about your sexual activity. I would like to deliver you some news.” I lied.
“Is this about my appointment last week?” Cass asked.
“Yes Ms. Kholeson,” I keep lying, “You’re results are back in, you’re pregnant.”
Everyone laughs behind me, and I have to try hard not to join them.
“Shit! I asked him if he was wearing a condom, and he told me yes! That liar! I knew Zander was lying to me! I knew it!” Cass screams.
My heart drops. Zander. Breathe Bridgett. Maybe it’ not Meg’s Zander. I asked, “What is his last name?”
“Michaels, Zander Michaels. God! He’s so dead!” Cass screeches.
My heart sinks further. It’s Meg’s Zander. The grin on my face from all of the fun we’d been having, falters into a frown. I very sad frown. Zander was always so nice, so caring. Why would he do anything to hurt Meg? My sadness turned into rage very quickly.
“If you have anymore questions, please call the hotline. Have a nice day.” I don’t even wait for a response. I just hang up.
What do I do? What do I say? I am angry, sad, but most of all, I am hurting for my friend. I decide the best way to deal with this is to tell Meg in private. I make up a story, and they all believe it. Meg follows me to the downstairs bathroom in Trish’s house.
“Meg, I need to tell you something, and you are going to be mad.” I explained quietly.
“Did Cass do something?” Meg whispered.
I nod and continue, “Zander and Cass…” Meg’s face grows sadder, “Zander and Cass had sex.”
Meg’s expression is unreadable. I can’t tell if it’s anger or sadness, probably both. She punches the wall hard and begins crying. She falls to her knees, but I catch her gently on the way down. I let her cry on my shoulder. She sobs big tears, and my left shoulder is wet. Meg rarely cries, so when she does, she is really hurt.
“I know. It’s okay.” I tried to comfort her, but it didn’t work.
I’m going to do something, and Cass is going to hate it.