June 14th: a swim test will be issued to all campers. whether its your first year or your fifth, you still have to do it. If you don't past the test, you don't get access to the lake all summer. We're not trying to be mean, that's just camp rules.
"this is so freaking pointless." i hissed, lysol-ing away everything in a five foot radius of myself. couldn't risk getting some life threatening case of encephalitis from this dump of a camp.
"your disinfectant or this swim test?" some girl giggled from across the room, pushing her hair into a messy bun.
"no one asked you millie." i rolled her eyes.
"it's margret." the girl said through grit teeth.
"tomato, tomoto." was the only response towards her again. there was something else on my mind other than some random chicks disapproving of my acts towards health, obviously.
i grabbed a bikini out of my luggage, which had everything stored in air-tight bags. thank god for those.
i felt like i was in freaking bootcamp. i pulled a sheer sundress over my head, staring disapprovingly into the mirror. last season alberta ferretti, all thanks to my dad disabling my credit cards. how was this supposed to teach me anything except the fact that poor people camp sucked ass?
"lucia." i turned away from the mirror, glancing at the blonde. the only person who actually had something in common with me here. "does this look /too/ last month?" i sighed, dropping my arms to my side.
"hmm," she placed a finger to her lip. "most people here can't tell the difference between asos and givenchy, so i wouldn't worry."
thank the lord. i had somewhat of a chance of convincing myself that i might be okay...for now, that was.
we started towards the lake together, armed with kleenex wet wipes along with what looked like a liter of 'organic' insect repellent.
people had already started crowding around the lake, most actually seeming /excited/ for this. what the hell was in the drinks here that made them think that?
"i am not swimming in that." i scrunched my nose up, backing away only to bump into some kids making way towards the lake. "ugh." i quickly whipped out a kleenex and wiped away any possible chances of some nasty plague off my skin. snorts and snickers followed from people around me.
"i am so not doing this." lucia growled under her breath, staring at the brown state of lake water.
"I CAN GET GIARDIA FROM THIS." letting out a hiss, i took in a shaky breath in.
"ew, isn't that from organisms in lakes or something?" lucia scrunched up her nose.
"yeah..." i trailed off, feeling a wave of nausea wash over me, not wanting to even let the thought of what might be lurking in that dark water get to me. i could freaking /die/. "I WILL SUE." i straightened myself up, loudly speaking. more smirks from around us. did they think this was funny?! they could get crabs from some swimming hoe for all I cared. I actually took precautionary measures to keep everything clean. everything, namely, myself. it was good to have someone like lucia around here, someone who actually knew what it felt like to be forced into this 'recreational activity'.
"I have a doctor's note." lucia announced loudly to no one in particular. telling from the satisfied smirk she was trying to hide, it wasn't too hard to tell she had something up her sleeve. though no one seemed to respond.
"is there...a way out?" I muttered, glancing down at my suede pumps, in which the heel had been about an inch in a half deep into the mud. trashed. just like and sort of hope I had of paying the camp director out of this. new flash, I had no money. well, not at the moment, anyway..
"meena...desmarias?" a councilor crossed the name of her list. my name.
lucia gave me a panicked look.
"um, I can't do this." I blurted, biting down on my lips hard. the taste of blood mixed with waxy lip balm I had dug up from my bags stung my tongue.
"desmarais, you do know you can't go swimming at all if you don't do the test?" I almost snorted at her comment. she was making it seem like I actually wanted to do this.
"um, you can come back to me?" my voice was probably two octaves higher.
everyone seemed to be staring right at me and my desperate expression. "I uh, have uh, a medical case." I nodded. maybe I could make it sound convincing enough.
"and what is that?"
"water allergies. yep." I nodded, rubbing my chapped lips together. oh how I would kill to have my ysl sun balm. nice and sanitary.
laughs arose from the crowd.
"get in the water." some girl with bleach colored hair, tinsley, from hearing someone refer to her earlier, smirked. god, how I wanted to throw her into the water by her tangled split ends. the things I would have said to her...but I just rolled my eyes. I had to get out of here.
"listen, I will sue if you force me to do this. I will get infected. I will die right at your footsteps. just let that soak in." I probably looked retarded with my exclamatory hand gestures. I felt like mariah carey in 'the booth'.
"well, okay then." the counselor simply gave a chuckle, shaking her head in disbelief. "looks like someone won't be out around the lake anytime soon."
that was all she needed to say. because I needed to get out of here. one disinfected step after the other.