In the Pool: "The Trial"

SWIM
  • Characters:
    Martine, Ming, Narrator, Roger, Swimming Coach, Xavier

    Setting:
    The school swimming pool

    Narrator
    Ming and Xavier are having a swimming lesson.

    Swimming Coach
    You two have done a great job these past eight weeks.  I think you’re almost ready for the trials.  I want you both to swim one length of the pool.  Don’t forget all the things you’ve learned- breathe properly and kick your feet.  Are you ready?

    Ming and Xavier (together)
    Yes

    Swimming Coach
    Okay.  One, two, three… go!

    Narrator
    Ming and Xavier swim to the other end of the pool.  The school’s best swimmers, Roger and Martine, are about to get in.

    Martine
    Well, well, well.  Look what we have here.  It seems to be a couple of drowned rats.

    Roger
    Why don’t you two give it up?  You’ll never make the swim team.

    Ming
    I wouldn’t be so sure, Roger.  The swimming coach seems to think we have a chance.

    Martine
    Ha!  And I bet you even believe him.  Come on, Roger.  Let’s get the warm up laps out of the way so we can get into some serious training.  If these two are the best competition in the school, you and I will be the best on the team again.

    Narrator
    Roger and Martine dive into the pool.  Ming and Xavier are not very happy.

    Xavier
    I knew this was a bad idea.  I wish our parents hadn’t decided that these swimming lessons were a good idea.  I really thought I might have a chance on the football team.

    Ming
    Don’t let them get to you, Xavier.  They’re not as good as they think they are.  Remember what the coach said.  He wouldn’t lie to us.

    Xavier
    I know.  But if I don’t make the team I think I’ll find those two utterly unbearable for the rest of the year.

    Narrator
    The coach swims down and joins them.

    Swimming Coach
    What did they want?

    Xavier (sarcastically)
    Oh they were just telling us what great swimmers we are.  They were looking forward to seeing us on the team.

    Swimming Coach
    Don’t let them upset you.  That length you just swam was great.  The real test will be in the trials in two weeks.

    Xavier
    I can’t wait until the trials.  I’m going to beat Roger.  He thinks he’s the best there is.

    Ming
    Same with Martine.  Well, I’m going to do some more laps.

    Swimming Coach
    That’s exactly the kind of attitude that will help you beat them.  I will say, though, that despite their attitudes, they are very good swimmers.  They’re not that easy to beat.

    Xavier (sighs)
    You could be right, coach.

    Swimming Coach
    Come on, don’t despair.  Just get going.  Talking about it won’t get you anywhere.

    Ming

    Thanks, Coach.

    Xavier
    Yeah, thanks, Coach.


    Scene 2
    One week later

    Narrator
    Roger and Martine are sitting on the side of the pool looking at Xavier and Ming swimming up and down.

    Martine
    Those two seem to be doing quite well.

    Roger
    I noticed that.  Almost too well.  I would hate it if Xavier beat me at the trials next week.  I wouldn’t like it if he even made it into the team.  He’s only been swimming for a couple of months.

    Martine
    I feel the same about Ming, too.  What can we do about it?

    Roger
    I have a plan.  Maybe they won’t make it to the trial on time.

    Martine (smirking)
    What do you mean?

    Roger
    You’ll see.


    Scene 3
    The hallway by the lockers

    Narrator
    It is the day of the trials.  Ming and Xavier are talking when Martine and Roger appear.

    Martine
    So, do you two think you’re going to make the team?

    Xavier (sounding suspicious)
    We think we have a good chance.  Why do you want to know?

    Roger
    Just wondering.  It’s not going to be easy, you know.

    Ming
    We know.  But we’ve done the training.  We think we can do it.

    Martine
    I’m sure you do.  But you’ve only been swimming for just over two months.  It’ll take more than a few laps in the pool to put you guys in the same league as us.

    Xavier
    I wouldn’t be so sure, but I guess we’ll know by three o’clock, won’t we?

    Roger (smirking)
    Oh, haven’t you guys heard about the change of time?

    Ming and Xavier (together)
    What?

    Martine
    You mean the coach didn’t tell you?  The pool has to have its final clean.  It won’t be ready until four o’clock.  I thought everyone knew.

    Xavier
    Oh well, another hour won’t hurt.

    Roger
    Don’t forget to be there on time.


    Scene 4
    Just outside the school gates

    Ming
    I’m not too sure whether waiting another hour is a good idea.  I would have rather got the trial over and done with.

    Xavier
    Same here, but at least I can get my dad to come and watch me now.

    Ming
    That’ll be good.

    Swimming Coach (yelling)
    Ming! Xavier!

    Narrator
    Ming and Xavier turn to look behind them.  The swimming coach runs up to them.  He looks puzzled.

    Swimming Coach
    Where do you two think you are going?

    Ming
    Home

    Swimming Coach
    What do you mean home?  What about the trial?  You two have trained so hard and you’re going to throw it all away?

    Xavier

    I don’t understand, coach.  We still have another hour, don’t we?  Roger and Martine said the trial was rescheduled for four o’clock.

    Swimming Coach
    Oh, did they?  Well, they were wrong.  You two get to the changing rooms now!  The first race starts in five minutes.

    Ming
    I knew we shouldn’t have trusted Roger and Martine.  They must think we are a threat if they tried to pull a stunt like that.

    Swimming Coach
    Hurry.  There’s no time to waste.


    Scene 5
    The swimming pool

    Narrator
    Ming rushes up to the starting blocks.  She is in the first race.  Martine is next to her.

    Martine (smiling)
    So you made it, huh?

    Ming
    No thanks to you.

    Martine
    Whoops, sorry.  Our mistake.  It seems we got the times mixed up.  Looks like we’ll be able to see how good you are after all.

    Ming
    You sure will.

    Swimming Coach
    On your marks.  Get set.  Go!

    Narrator
    All the swimmers dive into the swimming pool.  It’s a very close race all the way.

    Xavier
    Come on, Ming!  You’re doing really well!

    Roger
    Come on, Martine!  You can’t let a beginner beat you.  Oh no.  Looks like Ming’s going to win.

    Narrator
    Ming wins.  Xavier rushes over to her and helps her out of the pool.

    Xavier
    You did it.  You’re on the team!

    Ming
    I can’t believe it.  All that training paid off.  Martine came in second.  She’s still going to be on the team.  She might have to learn to get along with people a bit better.  Now, maybe you can beat Roger.

    Narrator
    Xavier makes his way to the starting blocks.

    Swimming Coach
    On your marks.  Get set.  Go!

    Narrator
    Xavier, Roger and the other swimmers dive into the pool.  Once again it is a close race.

    Ming
    Come on, Xavier.  Kick those feet!  You can beat him.

    Martine
    Go roger!  You’ll do it easily.

    Ming
    It’s so close.  Xavier and Roger are neck and neck.

    Martine
    I think Roger won, but I can’t tell!

    Swimming Coach
    Roger won by a very close margin.  Xavier was second.  You’ve both made it into the team, though.

    Martine
    Congratulations to you two, I suppose.

    Roger
    Yeah.  Well done.

    Ming
    Thanks.  I guess we’ll be teammates.

    Swimming Coach
    Well done, Xavier and Ming.  You’ll both be wonderful additions to the team.  As for you, Roger and Martine, I want to see you both first thing in the morning.  I seems you both have time-keeping problems.

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