One of Us
Eat mine first.
“You can’t be serious,” Keisha incredulously said as she looked at two of her friends whom she had known since third grade. Both looked pretty serious, actually, as they nodded almost in unison and pointed at the two plates on the table in front of her. “Come on, Claire, Sam…” Keisha tried again, but in reply, the pair each pushed one plate closer to her. There were several more people around as well, who were whispering to each other and exchanged money.
“Eat mine first,” Samuel offered and glared at Claire’s snort of disgust.
“You’ll be able to cleanse your palate with mine,” Claire commented and jumped when Samuel’s elbow found her ribs.
Keisha sighed and resigned herself to her fate. She picked up the food from Samuel’s plate, wincing at the feeling of slight dampness from the top slice. Keisha took a bite and nodded. “It’s good,” she commented as she ate it all. Audibly letting out a moan of despair, Keisha pushed the empty plate away and pulled the second one closer. Taking a moment, she just stared at the other piece of food.
Claire leaned towards Keisha and whispered in her right ear. “Come on, you know you want to.” On Keisha’s left, Samuel rolled his eyes, but ultimately said nothing.
Keisha frowned and looked at the food on the plate. She lightly poked the remaining option and took it in her hand. Looking at it distrustfully, Keisha tried to ignore the stares from the people around her and took a bite. She chewed and rolled the food around her mouth before swallowing.
People waited with bated breath at Keisha’s decision. The woman in question turned to Samuel and shrugged. “I like this one better.”
Samuel closed his eyes in regret as Claire and three other people cheered. Claire pointed her finger at Samuel and jeered, “Told you peanut butter slices and jam in between is the more superior option than your stinky half-half.”
Money and other trinkets exchanged hands between friends as the winning group all hugged Keisha and chanted ‘one of us, one of us’ much to the other group’s exasperation and rolling eyes.
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