It was mid- July, the sun was so beaming hot that just the slightest contact with it would fry your skin. This wasn’t much an issue for the hand me down duo squad, which consisted of me and my two best friends Anderson and Felix. Don’t ask why we call ourselves that, because I have no earthly idea. I guess because we’ve received hand me downs since we could crawl, which was rather interesting because Felix was the oldest in his family, whereas I was the middle and Anderson was the youngest.
On our sixth birthdays- Felix and I were only three days apart from each other, and Anderson was the week after, so I guess you could say throughout the years, the name just kind of stuck. When we were nine, we formed a secret club, where we either camped out in the backyard and burned our old hand me downs around the campfire, or turned the into super hero capes/ masks.
Although setting my clothes on fire was pretty cool, you can never go wrong with recycling and repurposing. To this day, I still had my navy blue mask I made out of a shirt I outgrew years ago. As I watched Anderson climb the ladder leading up to the diving board, I couldn’t help but smile like an idiot. We’ve done some pretty wacky things in our day; age was no exception.
We were nearing our 20’s and wanted to leave our teen years with a bang, so Felix and I bet Anders $20 each to do a double flip on the diving board and land in a belly flop. I’d be lying if I said I had faith he could do it, but I knew it would not just make for a great laugh, but a monumental story to reminisce about someday.Anderson was the type to play it safe and w0uld preach to Felix and I about the repercussions of our recklessness, however we would just brush it off and continue being the careless daredevils we are, and of course drag him along.
It wasn’t until he was standing at the edge of the diving board that Felix came up beside me and pat me on the shoulder. ’’What’d I miss?’’I returned the gesture, not once taking my eyes off the diving board as I said, ‘’You made it just in time. You’re just about to witness the most epic jump in history- at least in our history.’’
‘’What if he backs out?’’
I can hear the uncertainty in his voice, which baffled me making me question if he forgot what was at stake here.
‘’You do know we each get 20 if he chickens out, right? Remember we signed that contract when we made the bet?’’
Felix just nodded, running his hand through his slick black hair. I always envied his hair, it reminded me of Elvis; instead of being the king of rock and roll he should be the king of great hair.
We both glared at the diving board as Anderson backed up, then jumped- well more like flopped in the air, somehow merging a summer salt and split together, before face-planting in the water. Although he didn’t technically do what we bet on, I was gonna count it because it was freaking awesome! A huge wave of water emerged from the pool and hit Felix and I right in the face, and although it hurt a little and left me breathless, I screamed and clapped, giving my uptight friend the appreciation he deserved.
I didn’t stop clapping until Felix glared at the water like it was possessed or something, and then it suddenly dawned on me that Anderson hadn’t resurfaced.
‘’Do you think he’s dead?’’ Felix asked, as he briefly averted his gaze off the water to look at me. The stricken fear in his eyes made my heart suddenly drop to my feet. My initial reaction was to call 911, but right as I got out my phone, I saw bubbles. OH THANK GOD!!! I crouched down toward the edge of the pool, ready to help Anders out of the pool. Was it- SPLASH!
After I wiped my eyes for what felt like the tenth time, I was met by Anderson’s devilish side grin. “I win. Pay up idiots!”
He leaped out of the pool and held out his hand for the money. I had to take a minute to recover from my heart attack, before I handed him a towel to dry himself and my $20. As I glared at him, his entire body was either scraped or sunburned, and yet there he was with a prideful smile plastered across his dorky face. Maybe there is more to Anders than what met the eye.