A few days ago, I shared the first episode of the prank war between me and my friends. Rebekah and I pranked the enemy- Caleb's- car with Saran wrap, red Kool-Aid, Vaseline, and chopped tuna. The next morning, after church, Rebekah received a text from Caleb that said, "It's on!" Of course, it was on the moment he cut Rebekah's hair, but boys are a bit slow.
In fact, when Caleb's mother asked him why we would prank him in the first place and he replied, "It's because I cut off a lock of Rebekah's hair," his mom laughed and said, "You deserved this then!" Girls will always stand up for girls. I keep trying to tell Caleb that.
My high school has the best principal in the entire world. I'm not sure if she'd want her name shared, so I'll call her Mrs. L to be safe. Mrs. L is funny, sweet, and understanding about things like prank wars. Last year, she helped Rebekah and me prank Caleb after he stole Rebekah's keys and moved her car somewhere a block or two away from the school. When Caleb went to gloat to Rebekah, she pretended to act surprised and said, "Caleb, what were you thinking? I thought my car had been stolen, so I called the police. I'm not kidding."
While Caleb was still processing this information, Mrs. L walked into the room with a solemn expression on her usually smiling face. "Caleb, please come to the office with me," she said gravely. When he asked why, she said, "There's a police officer here who needs to ask you a few questions." Caleb flushed scarlet and followed Mrs. L to the office, visibly shaken. A few minutes later, he burst back into the room, even redder.
And of course there are the stories about the time when Mrs. L sneaked up behind Caleb in the parking lot and dumped a bucket of water over his head, but that is ancient history.
Poor Caleb never seems to get into his mind that girls stand up for girls. He didn't get this when I was a double agent pretending to be on his team last year, helping my team prank him over and over again. He didn't get this fact again this week when he decided to prank us back for destroying his beloved car.
It was the middle of class. I was walking through the halls to get a drink when I saw Mrs. L step into Rebekah's class and pull her out. "Caleb has asked me to prank you and make it sound like you're going to get expelled for messing with his car. He's under my desk, hiding, so try to act shocked, okay?" Mrs. L led Rebekah into the office and sat her down on a chair, beginning a short speech about how Rebekah could either be suspended from school for a week or given a week of ISS (In School Suspension) after vandalizing another student's property.
Rebekah acted well, gasping and stammering and even pretending to cry. When Caleb jumped from beneath the desk, shouting, "Aha! I got you!", Rebekah and Mrs. L both started to laugh.
Caleb's prank failed. Again.
Now it's our turn.