Amazing Kids! Magazine

The Diving Board

By Elysse Leclerc, age 11, Canada

 

Brrring! Before I could take a breath, people were pushing through the cramped door that led out of the classroom. I followed them out the door. Three teenage girls were in front of my locker. They all wore their platinum blonde hair in high ponytails. The tallest girl spun around and glared at me. The girl beside her flipped her hair. “What?” she asked. I gulped. I could sense my hands starting to trembled. I hated socializing.

“What?!” the third girl asked, wrapping her wavy hair around her finger.

“Uh, y-you’re b-blocking my lock-ker,” I stammered.

They all moved except for the third girl. I followed her gaze towards the right. Tera, the girl that had a locker beside me, was speed-walking down the hall towards me. “C-can you, uh, m-move?” she stuttered, biting her lip.

The tall girl rolled her eyes. “Daphne, c’mon,” she mumbled. Daphne sighed in exasperation. Before I knew it, all three girls were sashaying down the hallway.

Tera turned to look at me. “Those girls keep getting more annoying,” she said in an annoyed voice.

I could feel my Samsung Galaxy s7 vibrating in the pocket of my oversized black hoodie. I pulled it out and tapped the home button. Inside of a message box, it said, “1 new text.” I clicked the box.

403-555-1930

            Hey

                        who r u?

            Tera

                        How do u know my number?

            I found a paper with ur number on it

                        Is this rhy u?

            Yeah

                        ok

            Uh, I just wanted 2 know if we could be friends

                        yeah

            I gtg bye

                        bye

I could feel my hot, rapid breath on my palm. Lots of questions haunted my mind. Was that really Tera? How did she know my number? The more I thought about it, the more questions I had. Soon my heart was thumping so loudly that I could hear it. What time was it? I clicked the home button one more time. 9:30 p.m.

Brrring! In a millisecond, people were bolting past me. I needed to get my lunch kit out of my locker. Without thinking, I jerked my locker open, and my basketball fell out. The moment I heard it bounce against the wall, I swung around. It was dead silent. A crowd of teenage boys wearing baseball caps kicked my basketball towards the wall. It ricocheted off the wall. I followed everyone’s gaze towards the left of me. Daphne and her two friends were staring at the tall girl’s glittery, dark pink iPhone. When I looked up above Daphne’s head, I saw my basketball flying through the air and started panicking. Oh, no! I thought. What will happen? Daphne’s the sassiest girl of the thr—

A sudden scream interrupted my thoughts. I watched my basketball bounce off of Daphne’s head with horror. “Whose basketball is this?!!” I looked down at my shaking hands. Even though I could feel people staring at me, I didn’t look up.

“The girl with red hair and freckles!” a familiar voice shouted. Without thinking, I looked up. Daphne’s friend with wavy hair was staring at me angrily.

All of Daphne’s friends were angry, but Daphne was furious. Her face was dark red, and her hands were on her hips. Her eyes bore into me as she forced her breath out between clenched teeth. She sighed in exasperation. Her friends both glared at me. “I knew you were mean, but I didn’t know you were that mean!” Daphne shouted. The tall girl sighed in exasperation, flipping her hair.

“I-It w-was a, uh, m-mistak-ke,” I squeaked, looking at my black and white Converse All-Star shoes.

“Just shut up!!” Daphne screamed, raising her voice. I nodded.

You shut up,” someone shouted. I looked up. Tera was standing to the left of Daphne and her friends.

“Do you really think I’m gonna shut up? I just got hit in the head with a basketball, stupid!!” Daphne was raising her voice more and more as she talked. Tera sighed, looking down at the ground. She walked over to Daphne, so she could pick up my basketball. Then she tossed it inside of my locker quickly.

“Uh, thanks,” I said, locking my locker. As I followed Tera into the girls’ bathroom to ask her about the texts, I could feel Daphne’s eyes boring a hole in my back.

I could feel my Samsung Galaxy s7 vibrating in the pocket of my oversized black hoodie. I pulled it out and tapped the home button. Inside of a message box, it said, “1 new text.” I clicked the box.

403-555-1930

            Hey

                        hey

            Sup?

                        Nothing rly

            R u busy 2morrow?

                        Not rly

            I’m going swimming then. Do u wanna come?

                        Yeah

            Meet me @ my locker right when the bell rings

                        ok

            Also bring your swimming stuff 2 school

                        ok

            I gtg

                        Bye

Brrring! Before I could take a breath, people were pushing through the cramped door that led out of the classroom. I followed them out the door. Tera was opening her locker. I stood beside her, dialing my locker combination, 32-15-91. Then I tossed my blue YMCA bag around my shoulder. It had my swimming stuff in it. “C’mon,” Tera said.

I followed her down the crammed, vast hallway towards the nearest door. “Where are we going swimming?” I asked curiously.

“Uh, Mount Pleasant,” Tera responded. Before I knew it, we were walking through the dark green deciduous trees on the other side of Mount Pleasant. The moment we got past the trees, Tera jogged to the left. I followed her. Where is she going? I thought. Tera came to a sudden stop in front of Ashlyn, a girl in my English class. Tera tightened her golden coin choker necklace while Ashlyn ran her fingers through her long, wavy, brown hair.

“Hey,” Tera said.

“Hey, do you wanna play Truth or Dare?” Ashlyn asked. I nodded along with Tera. “Okay. What’s your name?” Ashlyn asked me.

“A-Acacia,” I stuttered.

“Truth or dare, Acacia?”

“Uh, d-dare,” I responded.

“Okay. Tera, can you dare her?”

Tera nodded. “Sure. I dare you to, uh, jump off the diving board.”

“What?” Ashlyn questioned. “That’s so easy!”

Tera shook her head. “Not for Acacia.” I blushed as I looked at my Converse All-Stars.

Oh, yeah! I need to change. So does Tera, I thought. I tapped Tera’s shoulder. “Yeah?” she asked.

“We, uh, need to change,” I answered.

Tera nodded. “C’mon,” she said as I followed her into the wet changing room. When we got out, I saw Ashlyn waiting to the left of us.

“What took you so long?” she asked us. I don’t like Ashlyn, I thought. She’ll tease me really badly if she finds out that I’m afraid of deep water.

Tera jogged after Ashlyn to the diving board. “W-Why do you, uh, always follow Ashlyn?” I whispered, leaning in towards Tera so that she could hear me better.

“Uh, I’ll tell you l-later,” she replied. I slowly climbed the ladder to the top of the high dive. I was starting to regret taking this dare, but I couldn’t go back now. My hands were clammy, and I was trembling. I looked down at the water. Everyone’s eyes were glued on me. As I looked down at the deep abyss of royal blue water, I started to tremble even more. My heart was pounding hard in my chest like a jackhammer. My eyeliner was dribbling towards my chin. It was all smeared from the tears I was starting to cry.

“Go!” Ashlyn shouted.

“I c-can’t!” I stuttered.

Ashlyn ran her fingers through her hair. “Seriously?!” she asked dramatically. “Just go! Stop being so chicken!”

Tera sighed. “Acacia, c’mon.”

I shook my head, then looked down at the light blue diving board, trying to avoid looking at the deep, dark abyss below me. “Oh, no,” I whispered as I heard someone rapidly climbing the ladder to the diving board. I could feel my hot breath on my hand as I bit my short fingernails. A scene of the deadly currents of the pool sucking the water while I desperately tried to stay above kept replaying in m—

Splash! I hit the royal blue abyss below me. Panicking, I viciously waved my arms above my head, trying to clasp onto the pool ledge even though it was at least twice as tall as me. “Help!!” I screeched, sucking in the germy pool water. As I sucked in more pool water, I went deeper down into the abyss.

I could feel my Samsung Galaxy s7 vibrating in the pocket of my oversized black hoodie. I pulled it out and tapped the home button. Inside of a message box, it said, “1 new text.” I clicked the box.

403-555-1930

            Sorry about yesterday

                        ok

            Can we still be friends?

                        No

            :(

                        Why do u always follow Ashlyn anyways?

            Uh, i’m actually kinda afraid of her

“Do you wanna go to the deep end?” my friend Molly asked.

“It’s…okay,” I responded, biting my lip.

Molly nodded. “I used to be afraid of deep water, too.” I smiled. Molly was really understanding, and I was positive that she would never pressure me to do anything or turn on me like Tera did.

One comment

  1. Lise Jessup /

    Great story Elysse. Your grandmother Ginette is very proud of you. Keep it up!

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