Chapter 19A Chapter by KahYee.Chiang
“Sanchez!” Coach Zeke boomed. “W-what?” I blinked. “You’re getting slower! Sanchez, you cannot lose concentration now! It’s a week before the meet!” I pouted, “I haven’t been getting good sleep,” I replied.
“Well,” he scratched his chin, “You’ll stay at the Athletes Wing until the competition. Pack up.”
“NOW!” He roared.
I quickly packed my things and headed to the Athletes Wing. Training wasn’t over yet, but there were a lot of other people. I stood by the entrance, waiting for Isis to come. “May I help you?” a fit looking man tapped my shoulders. “Uh, hi, Coach Zeke insisted I stay over here until my swimming meet next weekend,” I replied.
“Hold on, I’ll give him a call.” He snapped his fingers and gestured to follow him, and I did. He led me to what I would think of as a common room. Very cosy and homey, the room was furnished very nicely. As the man got off the phone, he turned to me and said, “I’m Richard, just call me Richard. I hate being called ‘sir’ or ‘Mr’. Right this way.”
The corridors were very wide, compared to the Elite Wing. Everything wasn’t exactly properly in place. Training equipment lingered along the corridors and everything was very nature themed.
“Here you are, room 5, Athletes E-Wing, don’t worry, your coach made sure you were bunking with your teammate Isis Fletcher. Set your stuff at that corner,” he smiled. The dorm, like the common room was very cosy and rather messy, I might add. Scattered everywhere, clothes, equipment, books, shoes, admittedly, I was shocked. Back at the Elite Wing, everything was neat and in place.
“Oh, Zeke scheduled a massage for you at 8. Ask for Xavier.” I thanked him and he left. I stared at the empty dorm room. Half of the room looked girly and the other half was well, dull, so I assumed the dorms were co-ed.
I dumped my bags on the floor and went to wander around the campus. It was like a whole different school! I mean, high school at the Institute was definitely packed, like as packed as public school (but with tons of classes). I didn’t know the Institute was a full boarding school...
“Sasha! What are you doing here?” Isis boomed. “Coach Zeke! He made me stop training, pack my bags and stay here till the meet next week! Outrageous I say!”
“Well, he’d want his star swimmer to get the best rest...” she mumbled. “Sorry?” She blinked, “Oh nothing...”
I stared at her blankly. She
plastered a fake smile on her face and said, "Come on! I'll show you
around!" That was it. I knew it; she was certainly not pleased with me. I
knew I would have to get to the bottom of this if I was going to stay here for
the time being.
The corridors were unusually quiet today. I quickly grabbed my books from my locker and headed to Lit class. On the way there, I saw Deb, Liz and Jess, that moment, I knew I didn’t want to face them nor walk past them awkwardly, I turned and went to the bathroom.
“Sasha?” I heard Jess call, poking her head into the toilet. “Hey,” I mumbled. “Listen, about what we said...” she trailed off staring at her toes peeping from her heels. “Oh Jess you’re so soft,” a voice shot from behind.
There stood Liz and Deb, ready to pounce. “H-h-hey guys,” I stuttered. Were they going to kidnap me? Kill me?
“We want to apologize. First and foremost, for jumping to conclusions, and secondly for chasing you out of your own dorm, so we apologize. We were being babies and clearly not in our right state of mind,” Deb finally blurted.
“You didn’t actually... Oh you know what never mind! Come here!” And we hugged till the bell rung.
© 2011 KahYee.Chiang
Added on June 15, 2011
Last Updated on June 15, 2011
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