Chapter 7 ~ Kenzie

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Waiting for the Slide (Tuesday Afternoon)
Me and Johnny are waiting in line for the slide, and things are kinda awkward, until I see Johnny staring...

At my ankle??

"Johnny?" I say laughing, "Why are you staring at my ankle?"

"You still have your anklet!" He exclaims. What does he mean? Oh!

"Yeah, it's the one you gave me for my 11th birthday, that was my last birthday we were good friends I think though," I sigh.

"We should be friends again, Kenzie," he says, is he serious though?

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"We should be friends again, Kenzie," he says, is he serious though?

"Uh... okay I guess," I say trying to sound cool but I am screaming internally!! I wonder if Johnny still has the NY cap I got him that year?

"So, if we're gonna be friends again, do you wanna hang out on Saturday? Just me and you?" asked Johnny.

"Sure, I'd love too!" I replied hastily. Then it was our turn to go on the slide.

I was really scared because there was a drop at the end of slide but Johnny reassures me it will be fine, and tells me to go first.

Inside it is literally the coolest thing ever, there's lights and bits where it's clear so you can see over the whole pool complex, and bits like that outside so you can see the city

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Inside it is literally the coolest thing ever, there's lights and bits where it's clear so you can see over the whole pool complex, and bits like that outside so you can see the city. It's amazing.

Then there's the drop.

I shut my eyes and think about what Johnny told me,

It's okay Kenzie, it's safe, I'll be right behind you and you can get me at the bottom, it's safe I promise.

3...
2...
1!
Splash!

Oh my god that was so fun!! I'm such an adrenaline junkie. I clamber out the 4 meter deep pool and wait with the rest of the squad for Johnny.

All of a sudden he comes flying out the end of the slide and lands with a crash in the water, splashing us all. He climbs out the pool and comes over to us,

Then he hugs me.

He jumps back quickly realising what he just did, but to be honest I kind of liked it. No! You don't like Johnny, I tell myself, but is it true?

We,re all just walking away from the water slide, when Brynn calls me over,

"Hey, Kenzie?" she says in an anxious tone, "why aren't you wearing your anklet? the one Johnny gave you?"

"What are you talking about Brynn, its right here-" I cut myself off. She's right, my anklet is gone. "Brynn! You have to help me find it! I had it on the water slide!"

"Kenzie, you didn't have it when you came out the deep pool at the end of the water slide..." she lingers.

"Oh my god, it must of come off in the slide," I panic, "I'll get Johnny to help!"

I run over to where Johnny is standing with Hayden and Carson and tell him what happened,

"It's okay Kenz," he tells me reassuringly, "we'll find it. Pinky promise." We latch our pinkies together and shake. Just like the old days.

Johnny spots something gold glinting at the bottom of the deep pool, so takes my hand and leads me to the life guard in charge of the Cannonball Slide,

"Hello Miss, my name's Johnny, and this is my gi- eh, friend, Mackenzie. See when we were 11, I got Kenz here a special gold anklet, and she wears all the time, don't you Mack?"

I nod truthfully.

"But the thing is, her special gold anklet, is at the bottom of that pool," Johnny added pointing at the deep pool, "so, could I maybe just jump in the pool, swim down to the bottom, grab her anklet, and save the day?"

I cant help giggling, wait, I only ever giggle when I like someone, and I don't like Johnny! Even if did, he's way out of my league.

"Well," the life guard starts, "technically I can't let you, 'cause of health and safety," she says sympathetically, and I give huge puppy dog eyes, that's my speciality.

"Okay fine," she laughed giving in, "it's those eyes, I couldn't resist, you gotta great girl there Johnny." I was about to say something, but Johnny spoke first,

"I know I do, ma'am," he beams.

The life guard calls someone up on her walkie - talkie, and tells them what we're gonna do. After we get the go ahead, Johnny dives in and swims to the bottom. Its pretty deep so I start to get worried.

Then he's out the pool, anklet in hand. I run up and hug him with out thinking, but he hugs back,

"Thank you," I whisper into his neck, before pulling away.

"Anything for my Tinkerbell," He jokes. He hasn't used that nickname in years, I kinda like it though.

"Whatever Peter Pan," I giggle. Oh My God, I'm giggling again, this has to stop.

"Come on," Johnny smirked, taking my hand, "I can't wait for Saturday."

"OMG!" Lauren squealed, "You two are adorable!" Gee thanks Lauren, way too ruin the moment, wait what moment!? There was no moment... was there?

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