So…I didn’t think this through.
Congrats self, not only did you convince yourself you could cheat without anyone noticing, but you also managed to forget your wand in your tent.
Dang, can this day start off any worst?
Even if I had remembered my wand (These things should come in more practical forms. Not that custom made wands are even a thing anymore. Dad had to buy mine used.) using it wouldn’t have been possible.
I hadn’t really realized that everyone would be watching us. I don’t think I would’ve managed to pull it off.
And either way, it’s not like I’ll need to cheat to win. Not with my opponent.
Even if she’s looking a little too smug for my tastes.
I’m tempted to tell her not to cry when she loses (cause she most likely will), but that would probably be mean in front of all these people.
“Good luck Niko.” Salandra said, with a pre-victory smile.
“You can keep it for yourself, I don’t need it.” I smirked.
Kaan snorted. “Look at this smug bastard.” He said to the girl beside him.
“Alright Archery Champions!” Flo exclaimed as she pulled out her camera. “It’s the first challenge, show us what you can do.”
I hope the counselor already has that riddle ready to go.
Beating Salandra is going to be a piece of cake, but it would help if Zac and Dawn calmed down. Their giggling and whatnot is distracting and disgusting.
Jo, the other counselor, spoke. “One shot with stand still targets, one with moving targets, and in case of a tie, another shot with moving targets. First one to get the apple gets an automatic win, or else we cumulate the points.”
I feel a little less secure without an enchanted arrow…maybe I should’ve practiced more beforehand? It’s too late anyway.
I drew the string so it touched my cheek and I aimed.
I let the arrow fly and to my great surprise and pleasure, it hit the intended target.
“Hell yeah!” I exclaimed.
“A tie already? How exciting!” Kenya exclaimed.
I glanced at Salandra’s target. She hit it too?
Hmph, beginner’s luck. (A little like me.)
“Second shot.” Jo called and we switched the levers on our side, making our targets start to swing back and forth.
“You’ve got this Sal.” Tatiana cheered.
We drew our bows again, and aimed, waiting for Jo’s signal.
My arrow hit one of the obstacles and clattered to the ground. I nearly had a heart attack, until I realized her arrow had missed as well. Holy shit, my heart is beating way too fast. I can’t lose this. Especially not to Salandra!
“Come on Niko, aren’t you better than this?” Zac sneered, and Dawn giggled.
I ignored them and picked up another arrow. It’s a tie, we get another shot.
“Look at her, Sal’s totally got this.” Kaan said and I glanced over, a little surprised to see Salandra smile a bit from the comment.
She actually looks really at ease with a bow.
And really into it too. She actually looks serious? Damn I’m not used to this.
I aimed at my target.
Come on Sal, you were there, if I win I get that riddle. If I lose…
“An apple’s been hit!” Flo exclaimed.
“An apple!?” Kenya exclaimed. “No way!”
“I told you, she totally had it.” Kaan laughed.
I dropped my bow.
Everyone crowded around Salandra, congratulating her and patting her on the back.
“The first challenge is for Kaan’s team!” Flo announced.
I can’t believe I lost. I can’t believe Sal is that good with a bow.
“Nice shooting. Zac might’ve been the better choice though.” Flo said, joining my side.
I clenched my jaw and flicked a bug off the archery set.
Jeesus, all I needed to do was beat Salandra.
I swallowed my humiliation and turned towards her.
“I know I lost, but…can’t you let me have the riddle anyways? I tried at least.” I said with a slightly hopeful smile.
“Haha, haven’t you learned anything? Niko, when I said you needed to win a challenge I never said you specifically, I meant your team. We’ve got the fishing challenge tomorrow, you might have a chance at that riddle then.” She said.
The afternoon brought around more training. It was time for Kaan’s team to train for tomorrow’s challenge, fishing, whilst my team was working on the surfing challenge.
And I really wasn’t into it.
I stared glumly on the other side of the lake.
I know it’s stupid, but I still can’t believe Salandra beat me at the very first challenge. She’s never really been good at anything. I didn’t see this coming at all.
Her two male teammates dropped their fishing poles and scooped her up, feigning throwing her in the lake.
Because of her win, everyone seems a lot more friendly with her…or maybe they were like this before too?
Tom laughed as Sal fought to get back on her own two feet, making Kaan lose his balance and fall on the ground.
The trio laughed even more.
Geez, what’s so fun about falling on the ground? I rolled my eyes, and leaned my head on my hand.
With obvious resignation, Zac made his way over to the stairs.
It caught me a little off guard considering this guy had been avoiding me ever since we got here. He just doesn’t want to answer all my questions.
“Are you jealous?” He asked, looking down at me.
He gestured at Kaan’s team on the other side of the river.
I shrugged. “It was luck. We still have six more challenges. We can win them all. I’m not jealous of their one win.”
“That’s not-…” Zac trailed off and opted to sit down on the stairs beside me instead.
“If that’s how you feel, why are you sitting here looking like a sore loser?” Zac asked.
I groaned. “That’s cause I am a sore loser.”
“Well it’s pathetic for a team captain. Cheer the fuck up.”
“Question then. My sister got hit by a car on prom night, you know the night the bank robbery happened?” Silence. “I have two pretty solid eye witnesses saying they saw you at the scene. But you were at the bank weren’t you? How did you manage that? Twin brother?” I asked accusingly.
He sighed and passed his hand through his hair. His hand lingered on his neck and he glanced away like it was physically painful for him to be here right now.
“I really wanted to come here last summer. I like this place. It’s got a nice atmosphere.” Zac started as he watched Kenya and Dawn try out the surfing station. “I was really disappointed when I found out I hadn’t stayed for more than a day. I was in a coma last summer. That’s why I couldn’t stay here. I got put into a fucking coma. I was dumb back then. I climbed the roof thinking it’d have a nice view and slipped and busted my head open.”
I kept as quiet as I could, absorbing the story he was giving me, for whatever reason.
“They didn’t think I was going to make it. After two months the doctors told my parents I was never going to wake up. A day later I do, and they call it a miracle.” He said. I waited a few seconds before realizing he was apparently finished.
“That was…um…interesting, but you didn’t answer my question.” I said.
Zac pushed himself up. “Actually, I did.”
How the hell does that answer my question?
“Hey boys! Strip down, it’s your turn to try it out!” Dawn called out.
“We lost this one, but we won’t lose the next one!” Kenya declared. “And we need a champion. Dawn and I have no balance whatsoever.”
“Yeah so get your asses on that station.”
I jumped up. “Balance, that, I can definitely do.”
Dawn chuckled. “Didn’t you hit a tree while balancing on your horse?”
“And I would’ve kept balancing if that tree hadn’t been there.” I countered. Dawn rolled her eyes and shooed us off to change into our swimsuits.
A few minutes later we’d come back.
“Okay girls, we’ll show you how it’s-”
Dawn walked over to me and stole my bandana right off my forehead.
“Hey!” I exclaimed, trying to snatch it back.
“You weren’t actually going to keep wearing that on the surfing station?”
“Yeah I was actually.” I replied.
“This is surfing not fruit ninja.” She snorted. I glared at her.
“My forehead feels naked now.”
“You’ll get it back afterwards you big baby. You look like a retard with that and your swimsuit on.”
Zac headed for the water with a short laugh.
That’s when I caught sight of the intricate design on his back.
“Woah dude, you have tattoos?”
He glanced back. “Yeah so?”
“Aren’t you a bit…I dunno young?”
“I think it’s hot.” Dawn cut in. “Now stop stalling!” She said, shoving me forwards.
Surfing was a lot of fun, but it wasn’t something I’d done that often and I could tell Zac was a lot more secure on his feet than I was.
Still! I lasted pretty damn long before I fell into the water.
But hey, Flo said I just needed my team to win, and I bet Zac is good enough to beat the other team. Unless Dawn wins during tomorrow’s fishing competition first.
Heh, I’ll totally get that riddle before summer ends.
It was a quiet night, with a bit of chitterring and snoring from the nearby tent. It was peaceful, the temperature was comfortable and the time definitely called for it…but I couldn’t sleep.
Random thoughts had decided to seep into my mind and I pretty much knew sleep wouldn’t be an option for a good few hours.
For some reason I couldn’t stop thinking about what had happened at the bank. That weird vision I’d had of that statue…and that time when I touched Aunt Cat’s pregnant belly…and that time just a few days ago with Jesse…I’m still not sure what happened there, but all those instances have something in common.
And then I was thinking about all the weird powers that were emerging. The non-supernatural types they called it. Like that guy on the news who could float without being a fairy.
Which brought me to thinking about my dad and his sixth sense thing.
I climbed out of my tent, in need for some fresh air.
And then I started thinking about how Niki inherited our dad’s magic hands. Could it be possible I inherited some version of that extra power dad has? Could these vision things actually be coming from me? Am I the cause for them?
That time with Jesse – that other Zac or whatever told me to think as hard as I could about where I’d just been, and to want it just as bad.
Did I really have some kind of power?
I had to test it out. I sat down on the trampled ground and closed my eyes.
Think about a place
Want it just as bad
My heart skipped a beat as I opened my eyes and found myself in an entirely different place – with that same surreal feeling.
“Are you serious!? I did it!” I really have a power! Awesome!
Wait…this place is familiar…
My sister’s room?
I instinctively froze, waiting to see if I’d woken her up, but there was no response.
I smiled as I saw how peacefully my big sis was sleeping. I was kind of worried about how she was doing.
I tiptoed out of her room.
Does that mean I can teleport? Doesn’t feel like teleporting (not that I’d know…but my uncle Ben would.)
Well either way…I was at summer camp and now I’m here, it’s gotta be some kind of teleport!
My ears perked up as I heard some muttering coming from my parent’s room.
I tiptoed towards their room, peeking through the slightly open door.
My fathers were sitting on the edge of their bed, with pa’ wearing a scary pained expression. I gulped, already pretty much knowing what this was about.
Pa’s hand, which was clutching his chest earlier, loosened up.
“It’s okay, I’m fine now.” Pa assured.
I felt my stomach sink. Pa’s heart problems were real, and by the look on dad’s face, pa’ just had an attack. I glanced at the floor, saddened by the idea that pa’ was in pain.
I glanced up only to have my dad looking straight at me. My blood froze. “UH! Dad, I can explain! I, well, I’m just testing some-”
My panicked reply was cut short.
“Sorry, I just have this feeling we’re being watched…I can’t shake it off.” Dad said looking towards me, but not at me.
He…he can’t see me?
“Is it Niki?”
“No she’s still asleep.” Dad narrowed his eyes as he concentrated on his sixth sense. “But it feels familiar…Niko’s still at camp right?”
Ok I’m out of here.
I’d barely even thought the phrase, that my eyes opened by themselves again, and I found myself back under the stars, with the hard ground underneath me and the snoring in the neighbouring tent.
Every chapter so far feels like a good chapter. I’m loving this feeling 😀
I kind of really like Dawn??