Published by Sal Maiorana at Smashwords
Copyright 2010 Sal Maiorana
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Casey Carter picked up a white towel that had been draped over the aluminum sideline bench and wiped the heavy perspiration from his tanned face, stealing a peak beyond the goal post of the north end zone at the Lowell Park football field where dozens of people - mostly kids and teenagers - were splashing around gleefully in the Town of River View community pool.
"You know, it wouldn't kill us to take a break, run home and grab our swim trunks and take a dip," Casey's best friend, Kevin McDonald, said as he, too, wiped sweat from his face and stared longingly at the pool.
Rolling his bright blue eyes, Casey looked back at Kevin and said "Sorry. We've still got work to do.''
The summer was winding down and only four weeks remained before the start of the school year, but you couldn't tell by the trough of hot and humid air that had engulfed the small town of River View.
The temperature had soared into the low 90s on back-to-back days and the majority of the residents were doing one of two things: They were staying inside and cranking up their air conditioners to escape the oppressive heat, or they were swimming, either in their backyard pools or in the Olympic-sized oasis in Lowell Park.