Today i was listening to the oldies station and an old Leslie Gore song came on. It’s my party. my imagination went into overdrive and I thought of a whole new scenario. What if?…
It’s 9 AM Saturday, October 13. Is my 17th birthday and tonight I am throwing a huge party for myself to celebrate.
My boyfriend John called me last night and told me he had a huge surprise for me. I wonder what. A promise ring? Maybe.
I got up and showered then I must’ve spent an hour picking out a killer outfit for later on. Johnny’s not gonna know what hit him!
Downstairs, mom was waiting for me. “Happy birthday!”
“Thanks, mom!” I looked around “where’s dad?”
“I sent him on an errand. He’ll be back soon. So, what are your birthday plans?”
“Judy and I are heading to the mall. I need new runners for gym class then she needs help looking for an outfit to wear tonight God knows why she’s got a closet full of clothes.”
Mom smiled “sounds like fun but don’t take too long. Were heading out the chance for dinner at 6 PM.”
“It’s okay. I’ll be home around four to get ready for dinner.” I hugged my mom and then left.
I met Judy at the food court and we sat there while discussing our plan of action. “First we had spore checks so I can get my running shoes, then we will find you a heart outfit for my party.”
“Sounds like a plan.” Judy replied, “hey, Johnny ever say what he wanted to tell you tonight?”
I shook my head “no, he said it was a big surprise.”
“You mean he didn’t give you any hints at all?”
“Not one. He drives me crazy sometimes!”
“At that will be something nice,” Judy replied
“it better be killer for keeping me in suspense like this.” I got my new runners with no trouble so we were on the hunt for Judy’s knock him dead dress. It was a barely-there dress that covered her but well maybe if she bent over she’d be showing everyone what she had to offer. Okay so my friend was a slutty dresser but who am I to judge. I’ve been known to dress for effect too.
“Whoa, baby! That will get someone’s attention.”
“That’s my plan.” Judy smiled mischievously.
Now she had me “who?”
“Nope, not telling!”
“Bitch!” I said laughing
“love you too Leslie.” She laughed, blowing me a kiss. “I gotta get motoring. Mom and dad are taking me out for dinner.”
“Okay well, I’ll see you at eight then.” Judy hugged me and then walked away.
Dinner with my parents was cool. Dad handed me the keys to them as they usually drove. I was incredulous I looked at him and said: “you mean it’s mine?”
“Yep. I just took possession I knew SUV that far as yours for you to use your senior Leslie and you need your own wheels. The only deal is no speeding, texting or any accidents. New baby for the gas and we will cover the insurance.”
I jumped up and hugged him. “Thanks, daddy you’re the best!” I was stoked I had my own car no more asking for the keys when I wanted to go out. Wait until I tell Johnny!
When we got home at 730 John was sitting in his car on our driveway. He got out and kissed me demurely in front of my parents. They said hello and return and reminded me I had to change for the party. We went inside and John waited in the living room while I went upstairs. When I was ready I came down and sat beside him. “Okay, I’m dying here. What’s the big secret?”
He shook his head and chuckled “not yet wait till the party.”
In mock fury, I punched his arm “meanie!”
“Ouch, that hurts you have a mean left hook!”
That’s what you get for keeping me waiting. This better be good!”
My guest trickled in starting at 8 o’clock Judy showed up last and had every male guest staring at her including my guy.
“Get your eyes back in your head John!” I said with a sneer.
“What? Oh yeah sorry, Leslie.”
“You better be!” I was not impressed with my man ogling my bestie.
“Well yeah she looks great but you look better!”
“That’s more like it Dexter!” I smiled at him.
Around 9 o’clock we gathered so I could open presents. I got some cool stuff when it came time for opening John’s present he was nowhere to be found in Judy was missing too.
Hmm, maybe she’s helping him with the surprise. I thought to myself.
I made boldly and things people for their gifts while I waited I danced with a few of the guys but still no Johnny or Judy. I excused myself and went upstairs. My parents were in the family room off the kitchen watching TV. Neither Johnny or Judy were in the living room so I chose to go outside and see if they were near his car. Nothing. Where were they? Just as I was asking myself that I heard some giggling from the backyard. It sounded an awful lot like Judy. She wasn’t alone! I heard some guy reply back to her and much to my surprise it was my guy!
I took a deep breath approached the gate and barged into their private soirée.
What the hell! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
Both of them just looked at me laughed and yelled “surprise!”
I was surprised alright and very angry. I couldn’t find my voice at that moment so I just turned on my heel and went back out front. I leaned up against the garage trying to catch my breath so I wouldn’t hyperventilate. You’re not gonna cry Leslie you’re stronger than this! I got my bearings and went into the house I knew exactly what I needed to do. I looked around to make sure I was alone and then headed upstairs. I knew where my father kept his gun. It was in a safe I knew the combination to as it was mom’s birthday. Don’t ask me how I know that, I just do.
I worked the combination on the safe in his closet. I saw the gun sitting there and hesitated. The angel on my right shoulder was saying no doubt this is not the way this all things. The debt one my left shoulder was saying go for it you know you want to. The devil won. The angel said nothing knowing I was making the hugest mistake of my life. At that moment I didn’t care I just wanted sweet revenge. I tucked the gun into my jeans under my sweater.
I was coming down the stairs when mom met me at the base. “Where were you Leslie people are asking?”
“Sorry I just need a breather and to check out something upstairs. I’m fine I’m going back down now.” She said okay and return to the den.
I returned to the rec room where the party was in progress. People asked where I had been I just sell I just needed some air. Just then, I spotted my prey in the corner. Both John and Judy were standing in the corner blatantly holding hands. I spied a shiny rock on her finger. I was supposed to be my promise ring. If you’re asking me if I saw a red, yes damn Skippy I did and I was ready to take action.
I sauntered over to where they were standing grinning from ear to ear. “Well, I have to hand it to you that was some surprise! And I have to tell you, that was really low why choose my birthday party to let me know what was going on? Never mind I really don’t want to know it is what it is you two are cheating scumbags and I’m done with you both!”
I was loud enough so that people around me could hear. “Gather around folks about to tell you a little story about deception and betrayal. These two here were caught red-handed in the backyard doing what they do others Discovery Channel. Imagine my surprise when I saw my boyfriend of two years and my best friend since kindergarten doing the horizontal mambo on my parents swing.
John spoke up “geez Leslie did you have to tell the whole room?” Can we go outside and talk about this like civilized human beings.
“That’s too funny John you’re calling yourself civilized when I caught you doing my BFF. How long is this been going on? No nevermind I really don’t want to know but here’s what I think. I’m pretty sure now that I recall you to work conveniently busy when I asked you to join me at my parent’s cottage this summer. Yeah, you are you busy alright. Just then I could take no more neither one of them said anything to me they just stared. It was time.
I pulled my gun and aimed it at them. people scattered.
John pleaded with me. “No Leslie don’t do this. I get that you’re pissed at me and Judy this is no way to solve anything.”
“Shut it, John! I want to hear any of your excuses. okay, whose idea was it? That I can tell you had your eyes all over Judy when she stepped into my hallway with that almost dress. I swear that thing is a wardrobe malfunction waiting for a place to happen.” I was having a good time with this make them squirm I thought.
“It was Judy’s idea!” John blurted out.
“Classy move Dexter. Go ahead throw your new girlfriend under the bus.”
Judy just looked at the backstabbing ass hat. “Don’t listen to him. He said he was waiting for you to you know put-out. Said he wanted a real woman! I was only too happy to oblige.”
The people on the X files were right the truth is out there and I was staring at right in the face. I boyfriend and my backstabbing best were about to get what was coming to them.
With two shots that penetrated both their hearts, they fell on each other.
I parents came down to investigate the noise and saw me holding the gun. Dad grabbed it.
Mom spun me around. “Why Leslie, why?”
“It’s my party and I’ll kill if I want to!