Well, here is another installment of mine. Whether it is worthy to be on this website or not is up to the readers. Well….
Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar; the last airbender. What I do own in the true story of what happened on this fateful day.
I squinted my eyes, covering them with my hand and looked up at the tall structure in front of me. It was a hotel that had had tubes sticking out of a corner of it. The giant tubes ran in colors of red, blue and yellow. I grinned, feeling my cousin grab my hand and squeeze it. We were both excited to be here.
Spring break had started…was it yesterday back in my school. My cousin had asked if I wanted to get away and go to a small water place. I loved water parks, or small spin offs of them at least, and eagerly said yes. The hotel we were staying in had a mini water park for all kids of all ages.
So, my aunt, uncle, cousin and brother packed into a van and drove over the state lines to our destination.
Now, upon arriving, I just stared at the place, eager to strip off my clothes to my swim wear and jump in the water. Toph smiled beside me, and Sokka was kind of hesitant. He really hadn't wanted to come along, but if I was going, then he might as well follow.
We ran inside, paying for tickets into the water area and I immediately stopped, looking at the pool area under the covered dome. Most people here were younger kids. Barely any in high school. Immediately I felt out of place, and hesitated when my cousin tugged on my hand. I looked at her, and realized that she was still in middle school even.
I felt my stomach feel nervous. For what? What did I care if I was one of the only older ones here? Me and Sokka, and a few others. But by the looks of it, they were accompanying their younger siblings.
Well, I raised my chin, and swallowed my pride. I was going to have fun, and no one would stop me.
Toph and I walked into the changing room, changing quickly and running back out, where we handed out belongings to her mom and dad. We met Sokka at the base of the stairs, who was already holding an inner tube, and waiting impatiently.
I grinned at him, and went over, claiming my own inner tube. It looked like there were two types, a single and a double. We made a mental pact that we would go single our first round. While I was waiting for Toph to grab one, I looked up the stairs we had to get up to the top. It looked like four sets of stairs. I frowned to myself. I could already hear my calves tired from the workout.
Toph joined us and we started our trek. Winding around in the square pattern they had laid out for the stairs, we walked up. My calves were already burning, but I knew I needed to suck it up if I wanted to continue going down the waterslides.
We reached the top and came into view of a small room that had three openings. One red opening, one blue opening, and one yellow opening. You know how waterslides look, with their small pools of water, so you can place your inter tube in.
It was about eleven or so in the morning, and it was still pretty packed. Once up here, I noticed a few more teens, just not as many as I would have liked. Sitting between the red opening and the blue opening was a teenage boy, with bright orange lifeguard shorts on. He was sitting on a stool, leaning against the back wall, working on a small book of word searches. He was vaguely watching the screen on the television on the wall for whether to tell the kids when they could go or not. Some of the younger kids were impatient and tried to go ahead anyways, and he would sigh heavily, put his book down and have to stop them before them went down.
On the red slide, you could only go down in a double tube, and the blue slide you could go down in either a single or double. The yellow one was reserved especially for no tubes, since it was the smallest. So, basically, Sokka, Toph and I were all in line for the blue slide, and the waiting was tiring.
Finally, Sokka was able to go down, and then Toph. I set my inner tube in the water, ready to get in. I turned my head eagerly toward the lifeguard so that I could push myself off. He had obviously given up on the word search book and was now glued to the television monitor. He told the red tube they could push off and then waited for my turn.
My eyes studied him. He had short, really dark brown hair. I told myself not to look beyond his face, but couldn't help it; when there is a hot guy who obviously worked out in my midst; it was quite a difficult task not to look! His side was facing me, but I cold see some sort of tattoo on his back. I leaned forwards to get a better view. By doing this, I accidentally moved my inner tube forwards and the rushing water caught it. I squeaked and put my feet up on either side of the opening of the slide. His head whipped around and his stormy grey eyes locked onto mine.
The water was almost too much now to push against. He was quickly down, grabbing the inner tube near my back and hauling me back up. He looked down at me sharply, his voice deep, "A trouble maker huh? You should know the rules well enough by now." He lifted an eyebrow at me. I gulped.
"No, no," I pleaded, completely flustered now, "It was a complete accident, I swear!"
His eyes roamed my face, deeply knit together. Finally they lightened up, and he sighed. "Sorry, okay. Whatever." His eyes glanced back up at the screen and he turned to me, "Okay, your turn."
I was ready to push myself off, when he grabbed my inner tube and pushed me quickly. I small gasp escaped my throat as my tube plummeted down a steep incline. I laughed with glee as I was sent through a series of spirals and twirls, finally dumping me out in a giant pool of warm water, pushing me under the current. I resurfaced, laughing and spitting water out of my mouth.
I saw Toph waiting for me by the inner tubes. I retrieved my floating one and went up to her.
We then decided that we would go on a double one and try out the red one.
I carried it up and we waited in line once more. We were next in line after the kids in front of us. There was a small girl, maybe seven or eight wanting to go down the yellow slide. She was in the pool of water, dancing around. The lifeguard's eyes were on her, watching for her safety. When he turned away for a moment, she glanced over and got ready to go down. He whipped back around and called out to her.
"Not quite yet," he said in a sweet tone to the girl. She sheepishly looked down at the water, embarrassed at being caught.
I felt a giggle rise up through my throat. I held my hand over my mouth. His eyes looked my way, without turning his head. He raised an eyebrow at me.
"You enjoy the mistakes of little kids? That's so mean."
I gaped at him. I wasn't laughing at her! I was laughing at the situation. If I could get away from this egotistical guy under his nose, I would leap at the opportunity.
"No! I wasn't laughing at her-," I said, but got cut off by his voice.
"Okay, you can go now." The little girl beamed up at him and slid down the yellow dark tunnel.
I clamped my mouth shut. Don't even talk to him. Don't give him pleasure in ridiculing you!.
I glared my eyes at the ground. Toph nudged me and pointed ahead after the kids in front of us were given the okay to go down.
I glared at the lifeguard when his back was turned, and was talking friendly-like to the kid ready to go down the blue slide. I looked at the tattoo that ran down his back in a light shade of blue. How interesting. I wonder what it means. I then caught myself. What do I care what it means!? Ugh!
I was sitting in the front of the tube while Toph was in the back. When the kid in the blue slide went down, the lifeguard turned towards us.
"Hello Meanie, not going to try to sneak behind me this time?" he said sarcastically, his sharp eyes looked directly at me. I looked at him like he was a disease.
I was silent. I didn't need this.
He turned towards Toph, "Is she always trying to get in trouble?"
I felt my face heat up in a furious blush.
Toph was about to answer, but I looked at him angrily, "I was not laughing at that little girl! I just thought the situation was funny, that's all!"
He looked at me. I mean, really looked at me. Then a small quirk of the corner of his mouth went up, and his eyes went back to the monitor.
"Your up," he said, as if nothing ever happened. He got in the water and pushed us down the red dark tunnel.
Toph and I emerged from the slide, and were plunged into the pool of swirling water. Toph was laughing, flinging water from her hair, and swimming to shore. I surfaced, and then splashed water on my face, trying to get the heat of the blush from my face. What just happened?
Believe it or not, I based this upon true events I had when I was a sophomore in high school. I went to the exact place (a hotel in Cor D'Alene, Idaho, over spring break), met the exact guy, had conversations very very similar to what goes on in this story. His nickname for me was "Meanie," and yes, he did actually have a large tattoo covering his back. Only, it wasn't an airbender tattoo. Dang. Anyways. As the story goes on, it will change from what actually happened as the characters are set into place.
I never ended up with the guy. A tragic love story never meant to be. Haha. Feel pity for me because the guy was amazing, and I almost wish I could go back. But he is probably long gone, and now, I have only the memories, that I can make into a true love story involving….. drum roll….. Aang and Katara! (and the crowd goes wild). I bow, thank you, thank you. Haha, just kidding. Hope you guys like this. It will be a short installment, maybe only a few chapters. Hope you guys enjoy it.