Encounter 4 -
The next day, I was determined to get payback.
Kate had tormented me enough.
It was time to fight back.
At no point did it occur to me that I might be the one in the wrong, since I had started it by being dismissive of Kate's ability - I was far too arrogant at the time for that.
It also didn't occur to me that challenging the girl that had kicked my arse multiple times before might be a bad idea.
I was too blinded by anger.
Nevertheless, at lunchtime I found Kate and two of her friends sitting on a wall by the PE changing rooms.
I thought it was a good place since not many would be around to see it, so I probably wouldn't get in trouble.
When Kate saw me, she smirked at her friends and looked down at me.
"Hey there, Jack. Come to get your arse kicked again?"
Her friends giggled as my face reddened.
"I've had enough of you taking the mickey," I snarled. "Get up and fight me."
Kate looked at me.
"You're sure you want to do this?"
I nodded, and Kate shrugged and hopped off the wall.
"So be it. Don't worry, girls, I'll make this quick."
And Kate was true to her word.
I advanced on her, and without even looking she kicked her foot up.
The toe of her rock-hard school pumps caught me in the stomach and I fell back, winded.
Kate walked over to me and planted her foot on my chest.
"Pathetic," she said to me. "See, I might feel sorry for you if you weren't such a jerk."
She turned back to her friends.
"Come on, girls, let's teach him a lesson!"
The three of them dragged me, too winded to resist, into the girls' changing rooms.
There, Kate's friends held me down while Kate pulled some tights out of her bag.
She tied me securely to a bench, then peeled off her socks and stuffed them both in my mouth.
"I'll be wanting those socks back," she whispered to me. "And if you don't give them to me in our sparring session after school, I'll do this to you again..."
So saying, the three girls left me, abandoned, in the girls' changing rooms.
To my intense relief, I managed to escape before anyone found me.
But I pocketed Kate's socks, because I realised that I might not be as lucky next time...