I couldn’t breathe.
I felt my body being pulled out of the water and onto a backboard. I heard the Velcro of the neck brace pull apart just before someone lifted my head and stabilized my neck.
My eyes squeezed shut.
Sounds of whistles blowing and worried voices filled the air. I tried not to move.
“Has anyone called for an ambulance?” I heard one lifeguard shout to another. “Yeah, they’re on their way,” the response.
Stay still, just a little longer. You can do this.
“Okay, everyone calm down this is just a drill. Carrie, you may open your eyes now,” the Programs Manager announced to the crowd that formed around me. “Everything is fine. She’s not hurt.”
I faked it. The whole thing.
In a swimming pool full of high schoolers at summer camp, I jumped off the trapeze and didn’t come up when I hit the water…
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