31. Carry On, original chapter posted 2/4/07
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*The students stand on a strip with raised bumps along the pool.*
Middle-school gym teacher: Now, you feel that texture around the perimeter?
Middle-school gym teacher: That’s one of those new safety features. It keeps you dummies from slipping and falling.
Mike: Hmm, smart.
*Lucy is panting nervously beside him.*
Middle-school gym teacher: None of you should be running in here in the first place, but the school doesn’t want to pay a cent for any idiotic behavior.
*Daisy looks to the side uncomfortably.*
*Mike smiles nervously.*
Mike: He’s a little direct..
*Lucy, still panting, stares at the water.*
*She starts trembling.*
Lucy (thinking): But..
*Lucy’s anxious face is reflected in the water. Mike stands next to her, not noticing her plight.*
Lucy (thinking): W-what if I can’t get out..?!
Lucy (thinking): What if..
*Mike finally notices and turns to Lucy, concerned. Lucy looks gloomy.*
*Lucy shakily grabs onto Mike’s hand.*
Lucy (thinking): What if HE can’t get out?
*Lucy recalls Mike, panicking and shouting for help as he floated away.*
*Lucy squeezes her eyes shut in anguish.*
Lucy (thinking): No!
*Lucy remembers her and Mike sinking downward, Lucy struggling to breathe.*
*Lucy clenches Mike’s hand tightly.*
*Mike winces in pain.*
Mike: Oww! Lucy?!
Lucy (thinking): I can’t feel like that ever again.. I can’t.. I have to get out of here.. He.. we..
*Lucy looks at her and Mike’s reflections. She’s breathing heavily.*
Lucy (thinking): Away from.. from..
*Lucy shudders, and her eyes lower.*
Lucy (thinking): ..water..
*Lucy looks dazed and starts tilting backward.*
*Mike looks at Lucy, unnerved.*
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