I was outside the venue smoking a cigarette. Samantha said: “Firework!” and flicked her lit cigarette butt at me and the cherry kissed my chin before it fell to the ground. She laughed. When she was looking away, I said: “Firework!” and flicked my lit cigarette butt at her and it hit her in the chest and rolled into her bra and she howled. I laughed. And then I heard it———--
“We are … the league!”
The Anti-Nowhere League was up.
I pushed my way through the mob and burst through the door. I saw the band onstage. Animal held the microphone in his hand, while the rest of the band bathed in the screeching feedback of the guitar. I hurried across the venue and when I reached the front I grabbed the stage and hoisted myself up. The guitarist started in. I stood up there staring off into the crowd. The drums kicked in and their singer, Animal, passed me the mike and right on cue, I began:
“Another boring night and I’m feeling pissed
My head’s fucked up and I’m in a mess
Too many drugs, they make me high
I wanna cause havoc, I wanna die.”
And then leapt into the swarming mob…. I swung around, and, as I was about to dive into the pit, two hands grabbed me from behind, spun me around, and I was facing off with some buff hardcore kid in a white T-shirt.
He shouted at me: “You split my lip.”
I said: “I can’t hear you.”
Gesturing to the looming monitors, I repeated: “Dude I can’t hear you. The music’s too loud.”
He said even louder now: “You split my fuckin lip.”
I couldn’t help but laugh.
He said: “Don’t do that again!”
I pushed past him and reached the front again and started to pogo. My arms swinging.
Two hands grabbed me again. Spun me around and his fist smashed into my teeth.
I laughed again. I was bleeding, and I was laughing.
He grimaced and walked away just as someone from behind me said: “Keep doing what you’re doing, everyone here’s got your back.”
Outside the venue, Samantha asked that me, Andrew, and Ben give Katie a ride home since her dorm was on our way and not on hers. We said we would.
When we arrived at Katie’s dorm, Andrew suggested we go in too. Katie said: “No, don’t.” I said: “Yeah, let’s do it.” Katie said: “Please don’t.” Andrew said: “Fine, it’s settled. We’re going in.”
We all followed Katie through the door and up the stairs. When we entered her common room there was a girl crying on the couch and Andrew asked Katie if she had any beer.
I said: “What’s wrong with her?” gesturing to the girl on the couch.
Katie told us: “Her boyfriend just broke up with her.”
Ben said: “Maybe we should just go.”
Andrew said: “Not till we get some beer.”
I said: “Why’d your boyfriend break up with you?”
She stood up and went into her own room and slammed the door shut.
Andrew asked: “Um, beer?”
Katie said: “Guys, get out of here.”
Ben said: “Yeah, you guys are being assholes. Let’s just go.”
I was laughing.
So we left. But we didn’t leave empty-handed. Down the stairs was a door left ajar, and we snuck in and found boxes of pizza that were half-eaten and beer and then we left.
And then I got lost in the parking lot….