I sat at the open end of my Brother Phil’s truck, shaking with anticipation and excitement. The wind felt exhilarating as it tossed back my hair and I could not help crying out in joy. It was the first time that I had left my small village behind and you gotta believe me, the outside world was sweet!
“Enjoying yourself back there?” My brother gave me an easy smile through the wing mirror. “Yeaaaa,” I yelled over the roaring of his truck. It had been a three day drive but it was well worth the wait. Words could not even fathom how much I was looking forward to this summer camp. “Be careful now, AJ. I don’t want you fallin’ out the car,” he said it in a jokey tone but I could tell he was worried that my excitement would get the best of me and I’d do something stupid. Like I usually do.
You see, I have these abilities. Abilities that normal human beings shouldn’t be capable of. Now I ain’t saying my folks don’t love me and that they want to send me away. Believe me, that’s not true. They love me just as much as they love my other eight siblings. I’m just saying that it’s too much for a large farm family to cope with. So I did them a favour and agreed to go away to a special summer camp for six weeks. This is why I am here now.
The crunch of gravel against tires brought me out of my daydream. I looked around and saw that we had just pulled into a massive drive way. “We’re here,” I asked, not quite believing that this endless journey was over. “We’re here,” my brother replied. “Yipeeee,” I practically screamed. Jumping out the rusty truck, I landed with a thump on the ground, sending stones flying everywhere. I sprinted down towards what looked like the main building calling a half-hearted goodbye over my shoulder.
“There you are!” A large man with dark hair strode towards me. “Howdy Sir,” I greeted him, suddenly remembering my manners. I held out a hand but instead of shaking it he stood there looking me up and down. “Team Shadow,” he said. “The girls’ hut is that way.” He pointed towards an insignificant wooden lodge. “Do not enter the boys’ rooms.”
As he turned, I spoke my late reply. “As if I would! I don’t want coodies!” I laughed at my joke, trying to break the ice a little. He stopped and turned back to look at me, his cold eyes seeming to bore right into my soul. I gulped, my face turning redder than my hair. “I was just jokin’ around, Sir,” I muttered. He pointed towards the girls’ hut again. Extremely embarrassed, I made my way towards it. Maybe this camp wasn’t such a good idea after all...