Premiere (Episode 1)
I was going to be late for school AGAIN. Who wants to be late in may? That was when everything is happening. School is winding down, pranks are being played, and finals were over.
“Jake, JAKE, we’re going to be late!” I yelled to my older brother.
“Ok, ok Novie calm down!” he said.
“Well, sorry, but I don’t want to miss anything in my very exciting life!” I shot back, “and stop calling me Novie, Novia is wayyy more sophisticated.”
“I’m done packing my lunch lets….” he started
“WHAT ARE YOU WEARING??!” I burst out.
“I was wondering when you’d notice,” he replied with a smile, ” It is pretty cold, I mean 65 degrees and raining isn’t exactly beautiful, especially in Dallas.”
“But a sweatshirt, of a Pennsylvania football team? How cheesy!”
We continued bantering, but seriously, we were just joking. After my mom died, Dad started working a lot more. Without my brother, Jake I don’t know what I would have done. He is my best friend. I brushed this sentimental thought out of my mind and we headed to school.
I sat outside the foster home, looking at the letter. The news was still setting in. I re-read the letter.
Dear Mrs. Conroy,
I am withdrawing my custody over Ashia.
Ash Ashia, This is the best thing for you. I’m super busy. Love you, maybe when thing are better we can work something out.- Dad Ray
The mail wasn’t much, just a magazine and a letter. Something caught my eye. It was a letter advertising a camp called “Camp Summer.” I went to chuck it. I would be spending my whole summer having fun with my brother, at the beach or pool.
“Wait, what’s that,” Jake asked.
“Just some silly brochure for a camp,” I retorted.
“You should go Novie!”
“WHY?! I’ll be with you all summer? ” I questioned.
“Maybe I should tell you,” he replied.
“Tell me what?” I said panic rising in my voice.
“I’m not going to be with you this summer I’m going to OSU, to take pre-collage classes.”
“What? Where is OSU? Why didn’t you ask me first? You don’t you care about me do you?!” I said in a furry.
I ran to my room. Why would my brother leave me?! It was too soon. I was already dreading him going to college in two years. I let the tears stream down my face. What a rotten brother I had. I knew that wasn’t the truth, but I was angry no matter what he said.
“Oh, Ashia, I’m so glad I bumped into you. I would like to inform you that you’ll be staying with a new foster family in a few weeks.” Mrs. Conroy announced
“Excuse me?” I asked
“Well, I thought this was what’s best for you.”
“NO, I just want to go home to my dad. Why can’t you send me back to him?” I whined.
“You already know the answer to that Aisha. After camp the family will come and pick you up.”
“What camp?” I asked, confused.
“Silly me! How could I forget? You’ve been given a special privilege to attend a Camp Summer.”
Camp Summer or Camp Bummer? Episode Two
“Hello! Welcome to Camp Summer! My name is Madison. You must be Ashia!” a kind woman chirped.
” Oh,” I said in surprise,”How did you know my name?”
“I know all our campers and it just so happens you’re in my cabin,” she replied.
“Cool,” I said.
“Here’s your packet of information. You may wait here and once the rest of the girls arrive, I’m going to give a tour of the camp,” Miss Madison said before going over to help another camper.
The month of May and of June were over. It was July 1st camp had started. Once I was on my way to camp it didn’t seem so bad. In fact I was excited. I just didn’t want to think about the 24th, when I had to meet my new FF(Foster Family). I vowed that while I was here, at camp, I would have fun and not think about my FF.
When I checked in at camp, it was as dilapidated as I thought it would be. Great! Why would my brother abandon me, at some random camp, in the middle of noweresville. May and June had gone by so fast and now I was here. *Sigh*
“Hello, I’m Madison welcome to camp. You must be Novia,” a women announced.
“Hi,” I replied, trying to shift my bags so I could shake her hand.
“Put your bags right here, we’ll get them later.” she said noticing my predicament.
“In the dirt?!” I screamed.
“They’ll be fine!” she said grinning.
“Did anyone drop you off?”
“Yes, my brother did and here are my forms.” I stated.
“It looks like we’re all settled. It’s time for our tour,” Miss Madison replied.
Finally it was time for the tour. They gave us a manilla envelope full of stuff we would need for camp, I opened mine.
Inside there was a sketch book, stickers, an ID for camp, a card to the camp library, tickets for food, bracelet, and mine also had a bus pass to get to my new FF house.
“Girls, now that you know what is in you envelopes let me show you your way around. Also note there are other groups taking tours, so please be respectful of them. Thank you!”
(Her thoughts on the tour)
The mess haul/craft shack/ THE ONLY PLACE WITH RUNNING WATER!!
The horse pasture and stables. ( If only they had a prettier horse. Then maybe I’d consider riding.)
The athletic field. ( Ok, but I hate grassy, buggy places)
The lake. ( Gross and full of leaches probably)
THIS IS OUR CABIN? Kill me now. Hopefully the inside is better than out here. I doubt it.
(Sorry for the bad quality of this photo)
“Am I really going to be living here for almost a month?!” I thought.
“How will I fit all my stuff into this rickety closet?” I wondered.
Miss Madison’s side of the room. This is wrong! Why does she get so much room?!
And I thought that was unfair! Get this, we’re only allowed to have electronics two days a week for an hour each. *MAD FACE*
*Sighs* I really wanted to cry. Could I do this?
Day of Deception Episode 3
Dear diary, It’s 5:30 AM and I’m awake. So far every morning, without fail the birds and the sunshine wake me up. There’s no falling back to sleep after that. It’s so stuffy in the cabins, I don’t know how Aisha sleep in here. Miss Madison is already awake.
I don’t know why she gets up this early! Today is the 4th of July and I’m really excited. I want to tell you something, diary, I can’t talk to anyone else about it. This is a really big secret, you have to promise not to tell anyone. It started like this:
I was at the pool. That’s one of the few things I like about camp. It is a beautiful aqua color it’s not dirty and it’s brand new. The sun was shining. That’s when I saw him.
He’s a CIT a.k.a counselor-in-training and he’s 14. I don’t know much else about him, other than the fact that he’s a lifeguard every Tuesday and Thursday from one to three P.M. I think his name is Josh? I’m not sure though.
I wonder if he even know I like him. I have a huge crush and if anyone found out I’d be totally embarrassed. So far I’m willing to stay at camp as long as the boy and the pool stay.
Oh-no Aisha is waking up. I need to get ready, so I will look perfect for the Fourth! Yours truly, Novia
(These next to pictures have horrible quality. Sorry!)
The day was beautiful! I couldn’t wait for the Fourth of July. I had never had that much because celebration at any of the foster homes I had been to. I got dressed quickly and fishtailed my hair.
Yesterday, my new foster mom called me and said that Josh was here at camp. I don’t know how she knows who Josh even is. Maybe she isn’t so bad after all, unless the agency set it up. They’d do something like that. I really want to see him today. I can’t wait!
Diary- I am so mad right now! How did she find out? I wish we weren’t in the same cabin. She’s getting the silent treatment. They played all these boring games earlier and then we had a giant cook-out for dinner. After that there were more games and then we went to watch fireworks and that’s when it happened.
I saw Ashia go up to Josh. She ran up and hugged him!
Then they laughed and talked like old friends.
I got back to the cabin and it looked like my diary had been tampered with!
Signed frustrated, Novia
I didn’t take her stupid diary! Ugh! Just because I’m a foster kid I get blamed for everything. It’s not like I’ve ever broken the law. That night I cried myself to sleep. I had so much fun until after the fireworks. What had I done wrong?
Later….. Novia’s POV
I know how to get back at Aisha. I’ll prank her. I’ve pranked my brother so many times! It’s so easy. Maybe this will teach her not to intrude my privacy.
“Novia, it’s time to get up for chapel,” Ms. Madison told me.
*COUGHS*clutches stomach* “Ms. Madison, I don’t feel so well. I think I might be sick!”
“Let me take you to the nurse, you don’t look that well,” she announced.
“I just need some more sleep,” I replied.
“Okay honey, we’ll be back by 10.”
Ten minuets later, she and Aisha were gone. I laughed, that was so easy. Now I needed to gather my supplies. This would be the best prank ever! Chapel was only an hour long. I had to hurry!
I looked everywhere… Under the bed and
In the closet.
I finally found a pair of underwear in her bed!
WHOO!!! Now to get changed….
I took out the super secret spy outfit I had and put it on.
I scribbled a nasty note down on some paper
Quietly, I crept out to the flag pole.
I hung up the underwear and the note.
I ran to the bathroom as fast as I could. The deed was done.
I was one of the last to walk out of chapel. Inspired by what the pastor had said, I had gone up afterwards to talk to him.
As I neared the flag pole, I noticed something everyone was staring right at me. Then I saw it. My underwear hung up there on the flagpole!
I snatched them down, attached was a note that read: Beware Aisha the worst is yet to come! What did that mean? Who had written it? I ran back to my cabin as fast as possible, crying the whole way.
When I walked in to our room Novia was talking with Ms. Madison.
“I can’t believe anyone would do this! I’ll go report it.” Ms. Madison said angrily.
“No! As long as nothing else happens we don’t need to report it,” I said.
“Well okay then, I’m going to go get things set for out camping trip.”
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As soon as Ms. Madison was gone, Novia walked over to me and said, “Don’t you dare tell her it was me, you little brat!”
I couldn’t believe my room-mate would do this! Why? I ran to find Josh.
I told Josh about what happened. He was angry, too. Why would somebody do that? He suggested that I shouldn’t repay her pranks with pranks but love her like Jesus did. I said I would try.
This was easier to say then to do. I stood there and cried, again.
It was now Monday July 6th. We were going on a week-long camping trip. I met Ms. Madison and some other girls outside of the mess hall after breakfast. Unfortunately, Novia was in the group, but at least I’d have an oppertunity to kill her with kindness, like Josh had said. Ms. Madison gave us some instruction on hiking and what to do if we got lost and then we were off.
The sun shone brightly the whole time we were hiking, making me very hot and tired.
Finally, we were done for the day. I felt like I had heat stroke and fifty billion blisters, but the counselors dismissed that idea and said I was overreacting. While the others rested in their tents, I went for a swim.
Ahhh, the water was so refreshing. I couldn’t wait to dive in.
It couldn’t have been a better time for me to find Aisha, about to get in the water.
I had the best prank! She was consumed in her swimming, I scurried over and took her towel and clothes. If she wanted them she’d have to come back to camp, naked!
I had only a short time to work on my next prank, if Aisha got back before I was done the prank would fail.
I took out my lotion bottle and a fake snake. Won’t Aisha be surprised when she crawls into her sleeping bag and feels something slimy crawling around?
I put the lotion on the snake and planted my trap.
After along day I crawled into my sleeping bag.
“AHHH!! What is that?” I screamed.
I pulled a slimy thing out of my sleeping bag. IT’S A SNAKE!
*Click* All of a sudden there was a bright light shining in my face.
“Oh, Aisha don’t be silly,” Ms. Madison says “It’s fake, now go to sleep”
That morning at the campfire, Novia had something to say, “I’m sorry Aisha I was the one who has been pranking you.”
“I forgive you Novia.” I replied.
“I hope we can become friends!” she said.
“Thank you, Novia for being honest. You will have a punishment when we get back from camp, though.” Ms. Madison said.
After that, we finished breakfast and began to pack up camp.
I took my Ipod out of my bag and put it at the bottom of Aisha’s bag.
She’d be sent home for stealing, possibly. I hoped so. All that stuff about being friends, a complete lie.
I dumped my stuff out on the ground.
“Oh-no! I can’t find my Ipod,” I announced in fake horror, “Ms. Madison, can you please look through everybody’s bag? I think someone stole it!”
Ms. Madison didn’t have it and soon it was down to one last bag, Aisha’s.
Lastly Aisha’s bag was dumped out and just as I planned there was my purple iPod at the bottom of the bag.
She sighs,”Aisha, I’m really disappointed in you. I’ve decided that you and Novia are on probation.”
I had to spend the next two days with Aisha. She literally ruined my life, but I didn’t have anything better to do. Also I had no choice, it was part of being probation.
“Good morning,” Aisha said, interrupting my thoughts.
“Hi” I mumbled.
“I think we should go canoeing, today. What do you think?”
“Sure. Why not?” I replied.
“I’ll go get changed and pack us a lunch.” Aisha said enthusiastically.
“Okay, I’ll get some towels and I’ll meet you at the docks in an hour,” I responded.
“Wow! This lake is sooo big.” I said in awe.
“Sure is, now I was thinking we could go to the west side of the lake, take the creek into the woods and picnic there,” she said.
“Whatever, as long as I don’t get wet.” I replied.
“I can’t guarantee that, Novia….”
“I’ve never been boating before,” I cautioned.
“There is a first to everything.” Aisha said eagerly.
Next thing I knew I was in the boat. I prayed I wouldn’t die or fall in.
It was so calm and peaceful in the boat. Gentle breezes. Water reflecting the trees. Sun shining gently on our heads. It was beautiful.
I hoped I could somehow convince Novia to like me and find out why she was pranking me. Maybe it would stop and we could become friends!
We made it to the creek which was completely in the woods. I saw a perfect spot to stop.
“The food looks really good,” Novia said.
“Yup, but they didn’t have any chocolate cupcakes at the mess hall,” I exclaimed.
“AWW, those are my favorite,” she replied.
“Mine too!” I said.
“Hey, I’m sorry for how I’ve acted and I really mean it.” She said out of the blue.
“I forgive you, but why did you play that last prank anyway?”
“Because I thought I could get you to leave camp and I definitely don’t want to go home,” She confessed.
“Me neither, but why did you want to get rid of me in the first place?” I questioned.
Well you see… and then she told me all about how she liked Josh and then saw me with him and assumed we were dating. She also thought I read her diary.
I was laughing so hard. That’s what this was all about? Josh is cousin and best friend but I moved so we haven’t seen each other in forever!
“Now I feel really bad….” She said.
“Serves you right!” I replied.
“I think we should start heading back,” she said.
“Okay, I’m fine with that. I’ll go get the boat,” I responded.
We rowed back in silence.
“What should we do now?” I asked.
“I think I want to take a nap,” said Novia.
“Okay, I guess I’ll read then.”
And that was the end of our trip. I guess we’ll get to know each other better tomorrow.
“Novia, It’s raining outside. What are we suppose to do? We wont be able to finish the service project!” I said.
It was the second day of probation and hopefully the last. In order to be off probation Novia and I had to spend two whole days together and during that time do some kind of service project. It was day two and we hadn’t done anything. Today was also the last day to sign up for the beach trip we really wanted to go on. At least we were friends now. Lat night we stayed up so late. I was really tired….
“Ash, ASHIA, please come out of your day-dream!” Novia screamed in my ear.
“Huh?” I said coming out of my daze.
“I have the perfect idea! Our favorite treat is chocolate cupcakes, right?”
“Yes. With maraschino cherries on top!” I replied.
“What if we made some and gave them to some of the girls that are in the camp infirmary!” She said triumphant.
“High five! Great idea Novia. Let’s go get started.”
We arrived at the kitchen mess hall and gathered the supplies:
-Eggs and the cupcake mix
“Now for instructions,” Novia said.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Add the dry box mix.
Crack the egg, into the bowl.
Pour in the water and oil.
Add the chocolate syrup.
Mix it all up.
and pour into cupcake liners and bake.
While the cupcakes were baking, we made pretty packaging to put the cupcakes in.
Then we packaged the cupcakes and washed the dishes.
Once everything was ready, we went to the infirmary. Aisha knocked on the door.
We were in a patient’s room.
“HI!” I said, “We made some cupcakes and decided to bring them to you. By the way, I’m Novia!”
“And I’m Aisha,” Aisha chimed in.
“Thank you! I just love cupcakes! My name is Leigha.” She opened the gift and took out one cupcake.
She took one bite and smiled,”These are so good!”
“This card is also cute and it’s my favorite color!”
“Then we toasted with our cupcakes. To Leigha: Feel better soon!” I announced.
“Thank you so much for stopping in to see me! I haven’t had a lot of girls stop by. I think they’re afraid of catching hives! How funny is that?” She said. We laughed and then we were on our way.
Next, we went straight to our meeting with Miss Madison.
“Girls, I’ve seen a lot of improvement in the two of you these last few days and have decided that you should be off probation.”
“Whoo!!” I said.
“Now we can go to the beach!!” Novia exclaimed.
“Let’s go sign up!”
“Girls, before you leave there’s something else I’ve been meaning to tell you……” Miss Madison said ominously.
Girls, this is really hard for me to tell you and before I tell you, you have to tell each other some things about your family.
“I doubted that Ashia would ever know what it’s like to lose her mom,” I thought.
“Novia, my mom died from pneumonia a few years ago and I am a foster kid now,” Ashia told me.
Wow, I thought my story would be hard to tell. My mom was killed by cancer a few years ago. I’ve been really missing her.”
“The reason I asked you to share this is because , your moms went to this camp, they were best friends and they buried a time capsule back in 9th grade for you to find. I was best friends with them, too. I knew that I always wanted to work here and so they asked me to give you a map to the time capsule.”
“Is this the right spot?” Ashia questioned.
“I hope so!” I said
Aisha and I were at the beach a few days later, searching for the time capsule. What would we find inside?
“I found it! Let’s dig it up!” I exclaimed.
Let’s take this back to the beach house and find out what’s inside!
“Okay, Lexi. Did you bring the stuff?”
“Yes I did. We have to assemble this time capsule quickly.”
“What if I never get married or we don’t have girls, Lexi?”
“Trust me Gabby, we will.”
“We could always adopt….” Gabby said.
“Now that the time capsule is buried what do we do?”Lexi asked.
We make a map of it and give it to Maddie, to hide. She’ll keep it safe for the girls.
Aisha/ Lexi’s POV
“Why did they do this?” I asked.
“I don’t know, but they were pretty cool.”
I sniffed. It was the first time I had come to the beach with out Gabby and also my last time to come.
I wondered if my little Novia would ever find the time capsule. How would she ever get to camp? I had wanted to send her this year, but decided against it, knowing it would be our last summer together.
I dug up the time capsule for the millionth time. We had added so many things to it over the years.
I looked back at myself when I was a freshman. I had so many dreams, if only cancer hadn’t cut them short.
“I miss my mom and this brings back so many memories!” I said.
“I miss mine too,”she replied.
“I never really sad goodbye,” I said sadly.
“What else is in there?” she asked.
Pictures of them during freshman year.
Notes they wrote to us and each other.
Journal entries to each other.
There where get well soon notes and cards.
“There’s a lot in here Aisha. How will we decide who will take it home?” Novia asked.
“What if we just put it back and get it next year?” I replied.
“Novia, I’m so glad I have a friend like you! I’ll really miss you when camp is over.”
The girls had an amazing time, but it eventually did come to a close.
“I’ll miss you, Novia!”
“I’ll miss you more and no matter what happens promise you’ll write me!” Novia pleaded.
“I promise! Bye!”
I stared out the window and watched my best friend and her brother disappear. I was sad,
but I knew even if I didn’t see Novia for a year, that the bond between us could never be broken.