The Summer of the Disappearing Trunks
by Thomas, seventh grade writer
I remember that trip to Florida. My family and I went to Cocoa Beach, and I remember playing in the sand. Most of the time, I just fiddled in the sand, just covering my body, building sandcastles, and putting crabs in sand caves and collapsing them.
I will never forget how I wanted to wander into the ocean, yet my dad said I couldn’t because I just ate or something like that. Simple Dad. He would always say “no,” or “maybe” which to him means “no.”
Finally an hour passed, so I had waited long enough and I was ready to dive into the water. I sprinted to the water like it was the love of my life, but everyone knows that would be weird.
I was in the water! Yes! But I had no clue what horrible monster was coming… suddenly there was a Wham! Dunk! Dunk! Wham! It was my ugly brother! I knew he was a weakling, so I just slipped out and punched him, telling my parents it was a fish that hit him. Hahaha! I got away with it.
Of course karma would occur, but I wasn’t scared. So I just swam like I was walking, gracefully. I just acted like a shark, ready to kill, waiting for my next victim, which would again be my brother. However, just before I could strike my brother, he ran in shore.
Then my whole family decided to go to an ice cream bar. Earlier they had asked if I wanted to go, but I didn’t answer them because I was having so much fun in the water. I guess they took that as a “No.”
Suddenly a wave caught me and smacked me around, and I started feeling water rushing everywhere. Then all I could think of was something missing. Something protective. My SWIMMING TRUNKS! The wave had ripped my swimming trunks right off of me!
The feeling I had was as if the world was suddenly split in half and I was in the middle. I was so embarrassed. I really couldn’t make it to shore because my family was out eating, and my trunks were on the beach shore, the waves pushing them ahead of me before I could grab them. I was violated! All I had was an inner tube covering my dignity.
Suddenly I felt a tap. I turned around, with the inner tube shielding my dignity, to see a teenage girl who was asking to borrow the inner tube. I panicked. What could I do? So I shouted “No!”
I felt a tap again and started to shout again when I turned to see my step-mom holding my trunks. I was so relieved. The earth was glued back together, and no one could do anything to mess it up again.
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