This happened to my cousin and I about 4 years ago. I’m 19 now and she’s 18, so we were probably about 15. (She was born in April ’95, I in September ’94, so just a few months difference.) We’re both females and relatively small. I say this to show that we couldn’t have defended ourselves from a bunch of guys if we had to.
My cousin Leah and I have been best friends our entire lives. Every summer since about 5th grade, she and I have taken a family trip to the beach, along with my grandmother and her (Leah’s) mother, who is my aunt. We stay in the same place every time: a super nice, gated condo community, across the street from the beach but so awesome that it doesn’t even matter. Since this was the only thing we got to do as a family every year, my grandmother and aunt really splurged on it and made sure it was fun.
Anyway, I had been 15 for a few months and Leah had just turned 15. We both had learning permits and were starting to drive and felt like we were really awesome and cool enough to hang out with the older crowd that frequented that particular beach during the summers, which was stupid of us, but yeah.
One particular night, after a day of shopping indoors and going to restaurants, we decided to take a walk on the beach, mainly since we hadn’t been out there all day. So, we put on shorts and flip flops, grab flashlights and walk across the over-the-street sidewalk to the beach. We get there and play around a little bit in the sand and ocean, just kind of dicking around. By this point, it’s about 11 p.m. and we decide to head back to the condo.
As we’re heading back to the wooden stairs that leave off of the beach, we see three guys walking down the beach in our direction. They looked pretty cute so we decided to take our time washing the sand off our feet at the shower head they had at the top of the stairs to see if they’d talk to us. Well, of course, they stopped and made conversation. We found out that they were 16, 17, and 19 years old. A little old for us, but whatever. They were the first guys we had ever ‘picked up’ at the beach and we were excited. After talking for a little while, we invited them to go sit back at the pool that was close to our condo. We were geniuses.
The five of us made our way back to the pool that was literally about 40 feet away from the door of the bottom-floor condo that we were staying in. However, the pool was extremely secluded. It was surrounded by a standard-height chain link fence and, around that, was a hedge that was about 3 feet higher than the top of the fence. Suffice to say, you couldn’t see anyone inside the hedge.
Now, I just want to go ahead and say that these guys were weird. Really weird. And we probably should have ditched them at the gate to the beach and took our happy asses back to the condo. They were overly touchy, especially with knowing that we were 15. However, like I said, we were young and dumb.
We stepped into the pool area, the three boys behind us, and they closed the fence and latched it. The three of them stood in front of the gate, sort of in a line, but with two of them more forward than one, if that makes any sense. Sort of like a triangle? I don’t know. A lot of what happened after they closed and latched the gate is a blur, but I’ll try my best to make it make sense.
After they closed the gate, there was a sort of awkward silence. I thought they were going to sit down on some of the pool chairs and talk or whatever, but they just kept standing there, staring at us. This was when alarms started to go off in my head. I moved a little closer to Leah, panicking a little. One of them stepped forward, and I thought he was going to sit down in a pool chair. Nope. He just looks at us dead in the face and says “Now we’re gonna rape you.”
I literally almost shit myself. I felt my heart jump into my throat. I have never felt that kind of terror in my life and I can’t even begin to describe the way I felt at that moment. Time stopped.
Leah laughed a little and I figured she thought they were joking. (She isn’t very smart…) I think this caught them off guard because they kind of stopped and stared. I took this time to pretend that I got a call on my phone from my grandmother. I held the phone up to my ear. “Hey Mimi, yeah, we’re at the pool. Oh, okay, bring me a towel please, I got wet at the beach. Okay, bye.”
I pretended to hang up and looked at Leah. “Reba is bringing a couple towels out here for us. She’s coming now to sit by the pool and read.” Leah said okay and we looked at the three guys. Still either thinking on my toes or using adrenaline to fuel my brain, I said “Cool, you guys can meet my grandmother, she’s really nice.”
Miraculously, right after I said this, a door opened and shut really close to us. The guys heard and, needless to say, high tailed it out of there. Leah and I went on our merry way, shaken up as fuck, but okay.
I have no clue what would have happened if I hadn’t been thinking so quickly. It probably would have ended pretty badly. Please, please don’t make stupid mistakes like we did. No matter how cute the guys are. Especially girls, listen to your gut, because it could save your life.
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