31. Carry On, original chapter posted 2/4/07
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[Caption: Spring of seventh grade]
Mike: Hey, Lucy! You ready for gym?
*Lucy is about to open her locker.*
Mike: We’ll be the first class to try out the new pool!
*Mike grins eagerly and raises his fists.*
Mike: I’ve been waiting for them to finish it all year!
Mike: You’re.. good swimming, right?
*Lucy looks uncomfortable.*
Mike: Well, it’ll be safe this time!
*Mike cheerily walks off.*
Mike: I’ll see ya next period!
*Lucy scowls and suddenly punches her locker.*
Lucy (thinking): They could make us do anything: dodgeball, hockey, high jump..
*She walks away with her arms crossed.*
Lucy (thinking): Why does it have to be swimming?
*The middle-school gym teacher, a dog with a mustache, looks at the class.*
Middle-school gym teacher: Alright, class..
Middle-school gym teacher teacher: Let me be the first to welcome you to our newly renovated pool!
*Mike, Daisy, and David look excited. Lucy looks scared.*
*Something catches Lucy’s eye, making her extremely nervous.*
*The gym teacher stands in front of the pool.*
Middle-school gym teacher: Nobody jump in yet! First, I’ll need to show you the way in and out..
*The students follow the teacher. Daisy beams.*
*Lucy stops and raises her arm across her chest and gasps, distressed.*
*Mike glances at Lucy with concern.*
*The gym teacher looks at her.*
Middle-school gym teacher: …
Middle-school gym teacher: That means you too, missy. Come along, don’t be shy.
*Lucy looks scared.*
*Mike looks back at Lucy, worried.*
Middle-school gym teacher: No exceptions, kid. Now, did I tell you all about about the solar heating?
*Lucy shakes her head.*
*She clenches her fists and walks forward.*
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