I didn’t realize that you could get in trouble at school for things you did outside of school. It wasn’t on a field trip or any school sponsored event. I simply decided not to go where I said I would go.
Sister Mary, the principal, and my parents thought I was going to the home of one of my friends and then a group of us decided to go to the friend’s house whose parents were not home.
It was just a group of girls sitting in a dark corner of a bedroom with the shades drawn. It was the first I’d heard of this game – Truth or Dare.
“Have you ever kissed a boy? With tongue?”
“Have you ever cheated on a test?”
“What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done and didn’t get caught?”
“Call your brother and ask him to give you $100.”
6pm – panic – parents home. The fear was warranted. A parent called the school. Sister Mary divided us up the next day until someone caved and someone did spill their guts. Punishment came from home and school. I argued that the punishment wasn’t fair because I was close to home and I wasn’t with strangers. No mercy received.
You might think I would learn my lesson and never detour on my way home again but you would be wrong.