Billy, Jerry, and Susie, all sophomores in high school, decided to go to Joffrey’s party that Friday night, even though none of their parents knew they’d be attending. Joffrey, now a junior in college, had lived two doors down from Susie all of their lives. Joffrey now attended college in the town 30 minutes from there and lived in the Psi Delta Kappa fraternity house with 40 other PDKs. Friday’s party was THE biggest party their house held each year.
Susie, five years younger than Joffrey, only started associating with Joffrey by accident when Susie was walking home late from Billy’s house a few years ago and passed Joffrey standing out by his car. Joffrey was smoking a joint and had asked Susie if she wanted a hit off it as she passed. From then on, Susie was able to buy joints off of Joffrey and kept in touch with him on snapchat even after he left for college.
Jerry had borrowed his mother’s car, and all of the 3 teenagers’ parents thought they were headed to the drive-in. Jerry had been able to get his older brother, Marty, to buy them a case of beer and a bottle of Strawberry Hill (for Susie). They were careful as they rode and sipped their brews of choice on the way to Smithville and the party.
It was 10pm by the time they got to Smithville. They were surprised at the number of vehicles lined up in every available space at the Fraternity House and for a 2-block radius. The music was thumping on the bass and the sounds of pealing laughter could be heard from a block away as the three walked towards the party.
They walked in to see Joffrey standing in the middle of a crowd of mostly females. He’d always been cute, but the years since he left for college had been good to him, and Susie’s breath caught in her throat for a moment.
When Joffrey saw Susie, he immediately broke away from his harem and bee-lined it to her. With his best gleaming smile, Joffrey said, “Suz! I’ve been waiting for you!”
While Billy and Jerry went over to watch the trance dancers in the living room, Joffrey led Susie to the rec room down in the basement, where there was a whole other, more subdued party going on. A few people were shooting pool. A small group was over on the sectional having a philosophical discussion about who had it right, Nietzche or Proust. Joffrey pulled a small baggie out of his front pocket that had 2 small red pills in it. He popped one in his mouth and handed the other to Susie. Her parents had told her never take a pill if you don’t know what it is, but Susie had downed a good quarter of the Strawberry Hill and never thought twice about taking the pill. Joffrey was her friend and he’d never do anything to hurt her.
The next thing Susie knew, she was riding a pink pony as big as the Trojan horse. Flying beside her was Cupid, with a megaphone, screaming over and over again:
“The possibilities are endless!”