Jenny’s Dirty Little Secret
A funny short story and photos by Wes Pinter
Jenny had a dirty little secret! To say the least, it was rather embarrassing. She had the biggest crush on Pete and wanted to tell him so badly, but she was afraid of what he might think if she revealed it to him. Would he be upset with her or disappointed? Would he view her as dirty and gross? Oh, what to do?
She had kept this secret for about a year now – since the end of last summer. If anyone else found out, she’d surely become a victim of gossip and maybe even shunned by some of her friends. Oh, if only she had been more careful, it most certainly could have been prevented. Why did she let it go on for so long?
But now, the damage was done. It was too late to change the situation. Would he still care for her after she opened up and told him the truth? The REAL reason why she wouldn’t leg wrestle with him when they were playing in the grass?
Just minutes before, they were having so much fun! Just lying there on the lush green lawn, staring up at the clouds and describing all the interesting, fluffy shapes they imagined to each other. Then Pete rolled over and gave her a sweet peck on the cheek. She hadn’t expected that! That’s when those strange sensations kicked in.
Jenny never felt anything like that before! It began as a very odd tingling, but then it quickly started itching and burning, which was extremely uncomfortable!
Pete playfully tickled her side and challenged Jenny to a leg wrestling match, but she winced and pulled away.
Now he was a little hurt and a slightly confused. He thought for sure that she liked him, the way she always laughed and smiled whenever they were together. How could he have misread everything and been so mistaken? It still didn’t change the way he felt about her though, but now he was a little embarrassed.
As Pete looked away for a moment to gather his thoughts, Jenny reached down and scratched herself as discretely as possible, but it brought her little relief. In fact, not much at all! Her skin was unusually damp and seemed to be oozing something. “How gross!” she thought to herself.
The itching and burning only grew stronger, so she scratched harder and deeper and it was then that she realized something very important was missing and now it would probably change her life forever.
Jenny hid her now intense scratching from Pete the best she could and hoped he wouldn’t notice. “Oh no! Now, there’s just no way he won’t notice it! As soon as we get up to go home, he’s going to see exactly what I’ve been hiding,” she worried to herself.
“Well, I may as well just get it over with!” she figured. She couldn’t keep it a secret anymore. “Pete, I have to tell you something. First, I want you to know that I really, really like you a lot! I always have so much fun when we’re together and you make me feel special! I hope that won’t change.”
“Well, OK” said Pete, “I don’t see any problem with that!” He smiled and gave her a wink.
“Um, that’s not all” she said. “I have something else to tell you and I’m ashamed and embarrassed by it. Please don’t think any less of me.”
Pete smiled. “Jenny, I’m nuts about you! You can tell me anything!”
Did he really mean that? Would he laugh it off and say it was no big deal, or would he freak out and run away once he discovered she no longer had a certain “body part” like most girls her age?
“OK, Pete! Just remember you said that! Because, I am crazy about you! Always have been!”
“I’m waiting,” Pete laughed as he tried hard to figure out what she might say.
“Well, remember last summer when I used to hang out with Tommy? We would play dress up sometimes and we’d try on each other’s clothes. He looked so funny in my skirt and heels and his sneakers were so big on me, they looked like clown shoes on my tiny, little feet! Well, it was fun at the time, but then I found out later that he gave me some kind of nasty infection. I was pretty naive, so I didn’t know what it was at first or that I even got it from him. But it had to be him, ’cause he’s the only one I’d ever done that with.”
Pete’s heart sunk. What exactly did she do with Tommy and what did he give her? “Are you sure you have an infection? How do you know if you’ve never had one before?”
“Well my first clue was this funky smell. Eww! I can’t believe Mama doesn’t notice it when she’s doing the laundry! If she does, she’s never said anything to me. Then sometimes it would itch really bad and I would scratch so hard, my skin would get raw and infected looking. A few times, pieces of my skin even fell off!”
Poor Pete was feeling a little sick to his stomach after hearing all of this. And the face he just made had Jenny worried that he was repulsed by her.
“Pete, I haven’t told anyone else but you. I don’t want anyone to think that I’m disgusting and dirty – especially not you!”
“So, why haven’t you done anything about it yet, Jenny?” Pete asked. “I certainly don’t want to catch what you have!”
“I was planning to Pete! I swear! In fact, right before you came over this morning, I finally got up the nerve to tell Mama and I was going to ask her to take me to the doctor. But I love spending time with you so much, that I figured it could wait until later. I’ve waited all this time!”
“Look, Jenny. I have to admit that I’m a little shocked by what you just told me. I mean you should have been more careful!”
“I know, I know! You’re right! I just never thought it would happen to me! Heck, we only did it a few times, but then we got bored with it and never did it again.”
Tears began to flow from Jenny’s eyes. Partly from the shame she felt, but also due to the physical pain she had been feeling for the last 10 minutes.”Pete…”
“It’s OK Jenny! I don’t think any less of you. I just want you to get some help and get it cured!”
“I promise I will Pete, but I’m going to need your help! You see this foot fungus got so bad that my feet just fell off while we were sitting here.”
Pete was speechless! His only thought now was whether he’d be able to carry her all the way home, or if she’d have to hop part of the way.
© 2018 Wes Pinter
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