The Trials of Love

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Chapter 9

The four teens were in the truck, all talking excitedly about what they were going to do when they got to the pool.

"I'm going to throw Sheva into the water." Chris said poking Sheva.

"Christopher! I think you threw her enough today…" His mother said from the driver's seat.

"It was a joke mom…" Chris said still laughing a bit.

"Whatever…" Said his mother as she reached for the radio and turned it on. The song 'Dark Horse' by Katy Perry came on and Claire got all excited and Chris groaned.

"Oh my gosh, I LOVE this song!"

"Mom, please turn to the next station. PLEASE!" Chris begged his mother.

"No, Chris let her enjoy the song."

"Yeah Chris, I like this song too!" Sheva said, punching him on the arm.

"Oh my God…" Chris said covering his face. The whole truck started shaking as all the girls and Leon started dancing and singing.

They embarrassed Chris the whole way to the pool and once they got there, he jumped out of the truck and ran to the entrance.

The others all laughed at him and followed him to the entrance, but more calmly. When they reached the entrance Sheva she could smell the chlorine which excited her.

They finally got into the pool after a bag check and getting their bracelets. Chris, Claire, and Leon automatically took off the clothes over their swimsuits, handed it to Mrs. Redfield and jumped in the pool. Sheva stayed behind and sat in one of the chairs. She was a really shy girl and preferred to go swimming at someone's house rather than a public pool.

"Why aren't you going to swim with them, Sheva?" Mrs. Redfield asked Sheva, taking a seat in one of the chairs next to her.

"I just don't want to swim for now…"

"Sheva, are you shy?" She asked her, resting a hand on her shoulder.

"A little, I'm not use to swimming at a public pool; I usually just swim at my grandma's or something." Sheva told her truthfully.

"Sheva, you have no reason to be shy, you're a beautiful, young girl. No one should judge you…"

"Thank you," Sheva smiled then continued "I'll go swim nut if one person says anything about me, I'm sitting back up here with you." She told her seriously. Sheva stood up and lifted the dress off her head, revealing her dark swimsuit and handed it to Mrs. Redfield who took it and stuffed it in a bag with the other clothes.

Sheva looked to see where her friends had gone and spotted Chris at the left side of the pool, not too far from where she was. She walked to the side of the pool and said "Hey Chris!" once she was in hearing distance.

Chris turned around to see Sheva standing there waving, looking like a beautiful goddess in her swimsuit.

"Hey…" Chris said smiling a bit. He watched as she sat down and put her feet in the pool.

"Oooh, this is cold." She said as she slowly sunk down in the pool. Once she was fully in she went underwater, quickly came back up, and flung her hair back, running her hands through it as she did.

Chris just stood there for a moment. She looked like one of the models you see in those commercials.

"Hey Sheva, do you want to go over there with Claire and Leon?" Chris asked Sheva pointing at where Claire and Leon were. Sheva nodded.

"Want a ride on my back?" Chris asked a little flirtatiously. Sheva blushed a little and nodded once again. She wrapped her arms around his neck and wrapped her legs around his waist. Chris could feel her chest pressing against his back. He pushed the thought out of his head as he got read to go.

"Were going underwater just so you know." Chris told her, and with that he took off and automatically went underwater.

They finally reached Claire and Leon.

"Hey guys!" Chris said, acting like there wasn't a beautiful girl on his back.

"Hey, we were just thinking about going down some of the slides. Want to join?" Leon asked them, ignoring the fact that Sheva was on his back.

"Sure." They said at the same time. Chris put Sheva down and the four of them got out of the pool. Once they were all out Chris offered Sheva a ride on his back again. She accepted it and hopped on his back. She felt as light as she did in the pool.

They all walked up the stairs to the slides. Chris put Sheva down and they stood in the line. Sheva looked down at the slide and noticed how high up it was.

"Hey guys, I don't think I want to go on the slide anymore. It's too high up…" Sheva admitted looking down at the floor.

"Don't be scared. I was once afraid to go down these slides but once I did it 1 time, I wanted to keep on going. But if you want to go with someone they have one where 2 people can go but it's a different kind of slide. I think you're like in a tube or something…" Claire told Sheva. She knew everything about Chris' little crush on Sheva and how she liked him back and wanted to do everything to get them together.

"Maybe Chris will go with you." Claire told her as she gestured to her big brother.

"Yeah, I'll go with you if you want." Chris said, falling for Claire's little trick.

"No, I'll just go back down, I don't want to ruin your fun…" Sheva said turning away from them ashamed. She felt a hand on her shoulder and turned around.

"Sheva, we came here to have fun with each other. I'm going down that slide with you." He told her. Sheva smiled a bit and nodded her head.

"We will go with you guys too." Leon said looking at Claire. They all walked to the slide where two people could go at once and waited in line. Then it was Chris and Sheva's turn.

The guy running the slide looked at Sheva with a smile that made her uncomfortable. He looked about her age, maybe 18.

"I'm guessing you have no one to go with. I'll go with you if you want." He told her reaching to touch her arm. Right as he was about to touch Sheva, Chris stepped in, wrapped his arms around Sheva's shoulders and said in his toughest voice:

"Well, you thought wrong. She's with me, and be expecting to hear from your boss for flirting with people your supposed to be helping."

"I'm so sorry; I thought she was lonely so I offered to go down with her." He said, afraid to be fired.

"And leave everyone else up here? You should have been fired a long time ago. Now can we get in our float?" Chris said really getting angry. The scared man held down the float so it wouldn't go down and waited until they were both in.

"Please hold on to the handle at all times and pleas keep seated. Enjoy your ride." He said quietly.

Sheva closed her eyes and squeezed the handle. She was still afraid of going down even though Chris was with her.

She felt a hand on top of hers and when she opened her eyes she saw Chris smiling at her.

"It's going to be fun. Trust me." Chris said giving her hand a small squeeze. Sheva smiled and nodded at him and held onto his hand.

"We're ready." Chris told the man and he released the float. The two went down the slide, screaming and laughing.

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