She walked into the main lobby of the recreation center, it was spacious, beautiful and glimmering with the same marble floors Olivia had in her new home. She noticed out of the corner of her eye a group of kids her age playing foosball and some others hanging out on the numerous couches reading and talking. Olivia walked as fast as she could through the lobby without looking too obvious. She tried so hard to remain confident and cool.
She made her way through another set of doors and outside to the pool area. It was surrounded by a cement wall and bushes almost as tall as Olivia, it’s purpose was to hide the residence lounging in swimsuits from the outside world and protecting the innocent passerby that might have accidentally wandered into the compound. Overtime, Olivia found that many of the local men made a habit of driving by the pool in hopes of catching a glimpse of the half-naked bodies inside the walls.
Finally locating a vacant lounge chair Olivia carefully laid out her towel and sat down, lubed herself with coconut scented oil and opened up the book she brought and began to read. Trying to pass the time until she was lucky enough to meet someone she could relate too. Olivia sat back in the lounge chair and became engrossed in the story she was reading and before she realized it an hour had passed.
“Hi, is anyone sitting here” a girl about Olivia’s age, maybe a year younger, asked as she gestured to the empty chair next to where she was sitting. “No, it’s free” Olivia replied shyly. “I’m Sophie” introducing herself as she draped her towel over the lounge chair. “I’m Olivia” replying while slowly raising her hand.
“Your new here aren’t you?” Sophie continued as she sat down and began the same sunscreen ritual Olivia had just performed earlier. “Yes, we arrived yesterday” Olivia replied keeping her answer short. “Where are you from Olivia?” Sophie asked. “I’m from Arizona, where are you from?” asked Olivia. “I’m from Florida, we moved here almost two years ago. My Dad is a mechanic for the airlines. How about your dad, what does he do?” she asked. “He’s a pilot, he’s leaving on his first flight tomorrow” Olivia replied.
Olivia continued, “Sophie can I ask you something? Do you live here all summer and leave for boarding school in the fall?”. Sophie replied “Yeah, my bother and sister and I go to boarding school in Florida, not too far from where we grew up. It’s not so bad. During the school year we spend most weekends with my grandparents. Gives me a chance to use my driver’s license, if you know what I mean. What about you, where are you going to school?”