Kevin and Jermaine grew up together and were close friends all the way up to high school. Their Jr. Year in high school both boys began to hang with a bad crowd of people and even though they remained in school, both were involved in fights, minor drug selling and other hood activities. One day as they were walking through the cut, they saw a group of guys who lived a couple of blocks over that they had problems with before. They both knew that an altercation was about to take place, but neither boys were cowards so they kept walking right into the path of trouble.
When they got close enough the boys said some things, and Jermaine and Kevin said some
things. As the argument got more and more heated Jermaine decided that he wasn’t about to continue argue with these fools. He told Kevin they should leave, they started to walk away and as they did they heard one of the guys yell that he should shoot them for talking smack. Jermaine began to get nervous, because he knew these guys did carry guns. He and Kevin began to walk a little faster and as they neared the next street he heard someone yell and when he and Kevin turned around he saw the guy with the gun. They were frozen in place, neither could move. They realized that the bullet was headed directly towards Kevin. Right at the moment that the bullet would have struck him Kevin reached out and pulled Jermaine in front of him. Jermaine was shot in the
Jermaine was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and almost lost his life. Kevin had the nerve to come and visit him at the hospital, but Jermaine informed the nurse that he did not want Kevin there. Kevin tried to explain that it had been a nervous reflex that caused him to do what he did, but even with his apology and explanation Jermaine refused to listen.
Five years later Jermaine still has some breathing problems due to him being shot. He is back on his feet though and living a normal life. He has not spoken to Kevin since a month after the shooting and decided that he would never speak to him again;
after all, what kind of friend pushes you in the path of a bullet. He had learned through the grapevine that Kevin had since moved to Atlanta and that he was doing pretty well for himself. Jermaine’s sister lived in Atlanta and she would often mention Kevin to him during their phone conversations, but Jermaine would quickly remind her that he wanted nothing to do with Kevin nor did he want to hold any conversation about him.
His sister was usually very understanding, but the last time he spoke with her she got upset with Jermaine because she said that he
needed to learn to forgive and forget. Jermaine was in no way ready to forgive Kevin and he would never be able to forget what his friend had done to him.
Jermaine’s parents had been so distraught over the shooting that his mother had a mild stroke and
his father became very overprotective of Jermaine’s younger siblings. With how the shooting changed his life and the life of his family Jermaine didn’t even contemplate forgiving Kevin.
After talking with his younger brother Jermaine found out that his sister had been pushing him to forgive Kevin because she and Kevin had been dating for almost a year and that they were planning to get married. This made Jermaine so angry that he immediately called his sister and gave her a piece of his mind. How could she do something so foolish as to marry the man who tried to kill her brother? His sister admitted that she was indeed engaged to Kevin and that she wished they could
Jermaine made the decision then to also add his sister to the list of people he would never forgive.