Will she survive us?

It was my turn! How did it come so quickly? Fighting the inevitable, I rose hesitantly to my feet amidst my peers at this years ‘Junior Swimming Carnival’. I was sooo scared that my legs were shaking uncontrollably.

All eyes suddenly focused on me like the viscious hyenas they are…

Poised, ready to belittle me with ridiculing laughter if the smallest mistake was detected. In fear of becoming vulnerable prey to the hordes…I said to myself ’Don’t be intimidated by them, you can do this!’ With this thought in mind…I stood a little taller and walked with a bounce in my step, well, as much as one could, considering my circumstances.

Mustering every ounce of courage I could, I forced myself up onto the beginners diving platform…took a long, deep breath…looking completely calm on the outside while screaming silently on the inside. Aaaargh!

‘I will show them…just watch me’. Taking my little run up…1…2…SPLASH!
Into the depths of the deep, then, propelled to the surface by feelings of triumph.
‘Yes, I did it! I’m the best! I did it!

Climbing out of the pool, knowing that I did really well, I ‘Strutted my stuff’ back to my seat with pride. I had beaten them. The hyenas they were. Funnily enough, the mood had changed from a feeling of visciousness to a strange calmness, then, the beginnings of laughter. Was it aimed at me? Couldn’t be.

Looking over the crowd, pointing fingers were aimed in my direction. I followed the eyes of a select few…the path of thier gaze ended on my chest. As I looked down, dreading what I’d discover…I found my ‘trustee bikini’ had been moved by the force of my exquisite dive, leaving me…EXPOSED!

I died on the spot with embarrassment…fallen prey to the inevitable after all.

Will she survive us?


Gold Coast, Australia

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