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The Way We Roll: A Beta Gamma Pi Novel

BECOMING

If I see one more Beta Gamma Pi girl looking down at me because I’m not sporting any of them pitiful letters, I might just kick her tail. Yes, I’m here at their convention, but I am not Greek. I’m not here like other wannabes; I’m here because I have to be.

My mom, Dr. Monica Jenkins Murray, is their National President, and that makes me sick. I can’t believe my time with my mom has taken a backseat to the sorority. For real, when it came to my mom doing sorority business versus my mom being a mom, I came last every time. Yeah, she said all the sorority stuff was for the good of the community and one day I’d understand her sacrifice, but when she didn’t make any of my piano recitals or, parent-teacher conferences, I started to detest the group she loved.

After my parents divorced and my older brother moved out with my dad, it was just my mom and me. Though we lived in the same house, we were worlds apart. Basically I felt Beta Gamma Pi took everything away from me. I was at the National Convention only because some of the ladies on the executive board were more of a mom to me than my own mother. The First Vice President, Deborah Day, who lived in California, begged me to come support their endeavors. Because she was always there when I needed someone to talk to, I came. Plus, the VIP rooms in the hotel were stocked with alcohol. With no one around to supervise, I was feeling nice.

“You’re all smiles. I guess you just finished kissing the National President’s butt, huh?” I said to a girl coming out of my mom’s presidential suite.

“I’m sorry, do I know you?” the girl said, squinting, trying to figure out who I was.

“You’re so full of it,” I said, calling her out as I stumbled, trying to get my key to work on the door. “You know who I am. You’re just trying to get on my good side to raise your stock with her.”

The girl persisted. “I’m sorry, I’m not trying to offend you, but you really do look familiar. Do you need some help with that?”

I snatched my hand away. “I don’t need your help.”

“What’s going on out here?” The door flung open, and my mom came out in the hallway.

“I was, uh trying to get in the room.” I fell back a little.

“Girl, you are so embarrassing me. Get your drunk behind in here now,” my mom said sternly. Then she sweetly spoke to the other girl. “Hayden, come in, please.”

“Wasn’t she just leaving?” I said. I was so confused. My mom went over to this Hayden girl and just started explaining my behavior, like she needed to apologize to some college girl about how I was acting. Why couldn’t my mom apologize to me that I had to put up with a brownnoser?

“Come here, Malloy, I want to introduce you guys,” my mom said. I reluctantly walked over to them. “Hayden Grant, this is my daughter Malloy Murray. Malloy, Hayden is the Chapter President of Beta Gamma Pi on your campus.”

“See, I thought I knew you.” The girl smiled, and she reached to shake my hand. “I’m going to be a junior. I knew I’d seen you around school, but I didn’t know this was your mom.”

“Yeah, sure you didn’t know this was my mom,” I said sarcastically while keeping my arms glued to my sides.

My mom huffed, “Lord, you don’t have to be rude.”

“Then don’t force me to talk to someone I don’t want to talk to, and don’t apologize for how I’m feeling. I have a right to be angry, okay, Mom? I don’t want to embarrass you anymore, so please get this girl out of my face. I don’t care what school she goes to. Unlike both of you, I don’t think Beta Gamma Pi is God’s gift to the world.”

“Hayden, I’m so sorry about this again. Let’s just keep this between us. My daughter doesn’t usually drink. She’ll be much more herself when you guys get back to school. Let’s just say I do look forward to working more closely with your chapter, particularly when Malloy makes line.”

“Yes, ma’am,” Hayden said, really getting on my nerves. She could not get out of the suite fast enough for me. Of course, after she left, my mom looked at me like she was disappointed. Shucks, I was the one rightfully upset. The alcohol just allowed me to finally let out how I felt.

“Mom, don’t go making no promises to that girl about me being on line. I’m in school to get an education, not to pledge. Plus, their last line was crazy. They haze up there. You want me to have something to do with that? You’re the National President. You’re supposed to be against any form of hazing. I’m telling you it was all around school that they put a girl from the last line in the hospital.”

She looked at me and rolled her eyes. I believed what I was saying. Some of those girls would do anything to wear Greek letters. Not me.

Changing her tone, she said, “Sweetheart, if you’re a part of it, they won’t do anything like that. I don’t have to worry about anybody doing anything you don’t want, as tough as you are. Just promise me you’ll take this into consideration. This is one of my hopes for you, Malloy. Being a part of this sisterhood can be so fulfilling. You don’t even have a best friend, for crying out loud.”

“Yeah, for crying out loud, one of your biggest dreams for me is to be in a sorority. Not to fall in love with a man and stay married forever—like you couldn’t. Not to graduate from college with honors and get a great job or doctorate—like you did. Instead, you’re praying your child gets into a sorority. I might have had a couple drinks, but it’s clear to me that’s the thing you want most for me.” I plopped down on the couch, picked up the remote, clicked on the television, and put the volume on high. “Don’t hold your breath on me becoming a Beta. Sweet dreams, Mommy.”

She went into her part of the suite and slammed the door. I knew I had disappointed her. However, as much as she had disappointed me in my life, we weren’t anywhere close to being even.

Excerpted from THE WAY WE ROLL: A Beta Gamma Pi Novel © Copyright 2011 by Stephanie Perry Moore. Reprinted with permission by Dafina, an imprint of Kensington. All rights reserved.

The Way We Roll: A Beta Gamma Pi Novel
by by Stephanie Perry Moore

  • Genres: Christian, Fiction
  • paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina
  • ISBN-10: 0758234430
  • ISBN-13: 9780758234438