Scruples (8)

“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“I hate who I’m becoming,” Frank quietly said.
“What do you mean?”
Frank took out another small bag, except this one was filled with a white powder.

“I had to take money from my mom to get this,” he said, clearly upset and close to tears.
“Whoa,” was all I could say.

He started to open the bag and pour out some of the powder onto a CD case from the floor of his car.

He saw me staring, shocked. “I just need one line, that’s all,” he said, almost trying to convince himself.

I was trying to think of something to say, trying and failing.

Frank continued, “I liked it when all I did was play football and smoke a little weed here and there. I didn’t hurt anyone and no one thought I was a bad kid. Lisa said I had a problem with pot, that’s why she left me the second time.”

“Frank,” I said, “No… don’t do this to yourself. You’re only going to dig yourself deeper into a hole.”

He stood still, staring at me.

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