Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Knight Chronicles Chapter VI

a.k.a. Knights in Swimsuits


When Deepa wrote about the problems she faced in (getting to) swimming pool, it put in my mind the times when we used to swim. Or rather, my friends. Water is not exactly my element, you know.

So, let me take you back to the time when the Knights were not yet Knights, but school kids in uniforms, riding bicycles.

Jaws IV

Once it so happened once that some of my friends had gone for a swim in a pool. The pool was crowded with people, including some girls from our rival (sister) school. Now you should know that it is not exactly advisable to show off in a pool full of people. So imagine the surprise of my friend when one of his strokes put his arm neatly round the shoulders of one of the girls, who had suddenly resurfaced near him with all the grace of a submarine blowing its ballast.

My friends recon they have never seen a better yawn-and-stretch manoeuvre carried out even consciously and on ground than this aquatic version. No wonder the girl came to be known as "Shark" during later days.

The Longest Mile

And then there was the time when my friend and his brother went swimming. After his brother was finished, he told my friend he was going ahead, with their bag. What my friend had forgotten was that the only "clothes" outside the bag were his jacket containing his bicycle keys and a towel.

The walk from the swimming pool (he could hardly ride, could he now?) wearing a jacket and towel, made my friend understand what it is to walk the longest mile.

The Fibbing Fish...

No tale of the swimming Knights would ever be complete without telling you about our friend with "asthma". While others indulged in regular pool activities (like pushing people underwater, or pulling them), he used to steer clear of any strenuous adventures. So it wasn't surprising that we never asked him to accompany us on a trek.

What was surprising for us was to find him angry with us for excluding him. When we told him the reason we omitted him, he fell down laughing. Turns out his asthma was the result of his desire to be kept out of antiques in pool.


- The Great Eagle Has Spoken

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Quote of The Day:

Seventy-five percent of our planet is water - can you swim?
- Author Unknown

9 Comments:

Keshi said...

**No wonder the girl came to be known as "Shark" during later days.

LOL!

Keshi.

Fleiger said...

@Keshi: By all accounts, it was seriously a "Jaws" moment. I mean, imagine your arm suddenly scoops up a girl out of water, where there was none.

Cuckoo said...

I'll comment here later. Have marked it. In a hurry now. Or else will send an offliner. ;)

silverine said...

'The Longest Mile' was hilarious!!! :))

Fleiger said...

@Cuckoo: Oh, the busy bird is here... Offliner? Wow, that will be a day :D

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@Silverine: You might not have got it in the post, but the distance from the pool to his house is around a mile. And it so happens that the sister school I mentioned falls on the way, so do houses of at least 3-4 girls.

Talk about walk of shame ;)

silverine said...

"distance from the pool to his house is around a mile. And it so happens that the sister school I mentioned falls on the way, so do houses of at least 3-4 girls."

Am cracking up just thinking of that ROFL !! :))

Fleiger said...

@Silverine: My friend has spent the later years thanking God that he had left the towel and jacket outside the bag, and that it was not a school day. We figure his belief in God (as much as that is) dates back to this day.

Princess Stefania said...

We figure his belief in God (as much as that is) dates back to this day.

God works in mysterious ways.
;)
I have an unfortunate history with Swimming Pools.

Fleiger said...

@Princess: True, God has a mastery on mystery called life.

I have an unfortunate history with Swimming Pools.

Oh, do tell...