The Pact

So. I may or may not have agreed to do something that I’ve been putting off for a while.

No, it isn’t anything life-changing. (And for the record: no, I am not learning how to drive.)

While I’m not really at liberty to discuss the specifics (for reasons I’ll explain a bit further down), I do have to rewind, and explain how this all came about.

On Saturday night, I was at my friends’ triple birthday party, catching up with people I hadn’t seen in ages, socializing and generally goofing off (as one does at a party full thirtysomethings).

Late in the evening, I was shooting the breeze with two of my guy friends, Rowin and Mark. I’m not entirely sure how it came about, but Rowin started (playfully) bugging Mark about something he thought Mark should start pursuing, but for whatever reason, Mark had successfully managed to avoid doing.

Later in the same conversation, Rowin admitted to doing something years ago that – while very fun – required a bit of work and dedication on his part, with respect to his personal appearance.

And here is where the seeds of The Pact were sown.

Somehow, Rowin managed to get Mark to agree to start pursuing The Thing He Has Avoided, with my help. And in return for sufficient completion of said task, Rowin (very reluctantly) promised that he will show Mark (and all of us, for that matter) the fun thing he had done years ago, later this year – if that makes sense.

Of course, being privy to this conversation, I wasn’t getting away scot-free, with just helping Mark with his task.

I also (VERY RELUCTANTLY) agreed to pursue something I’ve been meaning to accomplish (or at least start). And I have to do it with Mark, since it’s also a small goal of his.

That’s pretty much all I can say about it for now. I promised Mark and Rowin – for the sake of keeping it a secret from the rest of our friends (and I hope I don’t let it slip) – that I have to keep my mouth shut about it. But I think I might be able to mention something about Mark’s pet project in the next little while, once we get it off the ground.

But in the meantime, Lord help us all.

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