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What A Day!
by Igor Kluev

What a day! Summer vacation. Waves of hot air. I had to walk fifty yards from the beach to reach powerful, breaking waves. The wall of water hit me. Waves turned me upside down. It happened several times. That was a joy! That was amazing! I had a feeling that nothing could separate me from the ocean.

Soon, I understood that feeling had a very practical reason. I realized that somehow, because the waves were so strong, I lost my swimming trunks. That meant I was absolutely naked in the water, 100 yards from a crowded beach.

What should I do? Stay there until darkness came? But that was not possible. The water was so cold, and the day was still so young. Should I ask somebody for help? In the water 20 yards from where I was, were two pretty girls. Should I shout to them to ask for help? But I imagined their reaction to a naked man approaching them. They could have decided that I was a sex maniac, and the rest of my vacation I would have spend in a local jail.

Eureka! I found a good way to avoid disaster. I saw two male young guards on the closest lifeguard chair. I would pretend I was drowning. Lifeguards would come to me. I would explain to them the situation, and they would bring my clothes from my beach chair. I started shouting, “Help me, I’m drowning”. Then I started pretending that I was going under the water. To be more realistic I submerged for several seconds. When I emerged from the water, I looked at the lifeguard chair. The lifeguard chair was empty. It looked like my plan had worked.

Then I looked at the shoreline, and I was shocked. Instead of two male lifeguards, a pretty lifeguard girl was running towards me. But that was only beginning. Suddenly, somebody on the beach shouted,“ Shark” and started to point in my direction.

I was sure that there wasn’t any shark nearby. But all people on the beach looked at me. That was a catastrophe. At that moment I felt that something touched my leg. Was that, really, a shark? I sharply moved my leg to strongly hit the alleged predator. But instead of touching the rubbery skin of sea monster, I felt a smooth piece of fabric on my leg. With my hand I reached it. It was swimming trunks. I put them on. In a second, the lifeguard girl asked, “A you okay”. I answered ,“Yes:”

Then, being absolutely happy, I stood near the lifeguard chair. I thanked the girl for saving my life. When I moved my eyes down to look at my lucky swimming trucks…And I realized they weren’t my trunks.

At that moment somebody started shouting from the ocean, “Help me, I’m drowning”. The pretty girl lifeguard rushed to ocean saying, “How it is possible to have two similar accidents in one day? What a day!”