I couldn't say no to her.
She had told me to come before, and I felt bad about saying maybe, but now I even had better things to do. I was tired, and I had a party
I was going to, and now she wanted me to go skating
?? If she hadn't brought the other two girls to my room to “convince me
” I probably wouldn't have gone. My friend decided that a brother in need is in need of a brother
, so he came along.
I've never skated
. I've skied
, but I didn't know if any of the skills would transfer. I was expecting to be the young wobbly newbie
I see at ski areas
, and I hoped I wouldn’t look like an idiot
. The skates
felt loose, they didn't fit right, and I could barely stand up on the rubber
of the entryway floor
, but I wasn’t going to admit defeat just yet
I took a tentative step onto the ice
, and slowly pushed myself off into the white expanse. "This is going to hurt
" I told myself silently, and hoped that I wasn’t the only one who would hug the rails
Slowly I skated, pushed off with speed, took to the icy lanes
of the oval, and dodged figure skaters
, hockey players
, and sliding people on chairs
. Each step was easier than the last, each lap
a simpler experience, to the point I had no large difficulty keeping up with her. Slowly the skills came out, and I found myself at ease on the ice
You could tell she was ecstatic that I came, and although she could skate better than me, she stayed with me most of the night. She has a boyfriend
, and he was just as excited to have me there as she was. I felt like the adopted son, an upperclassman
pair with their freshman
child, teaching him the ways of the world. If I do as her boyfriend
would have me, I would join his frat and he would BE my big brother
. She is and will always be my friend.
Last night I wasn’t trying to impress anyone, as my coming impressed them enough. He wants me at as many rush event
s as he can muster, and I feel that if I want to join the fraternity
it is basically my decision. But she has nothing at stake, nothing to gain, no honor won. Just for a friendship.
She was the reason I went.