The summer before their eighth grade year, the Sinclair parents finally cave in and buy a trampoline. For a few years now Lucas had been begging for one but both parents were convinced he’d grow out of it quickly and the tramp would be abandoned. They are immediately proven wrong. The favorite spot to hang out switches from Mike’s basement to the trampoline.
Lucas secures himself as the back-flipping expert from the very beginning. Dustin is the one that the others avoid because one bounce from him will send them up four feet in the air. Whenever they play Deadman Mike takes forever to find anyone so the boys all end up tripping him for fun instead. No one ever beats Max at Crack the Egg. Ever. Every time they’re on the trampoline there will be at least one moment where they’re afraid they’ve actually launched Will into orbit.
And El LOVES the trampoline. At first she’s a little hesitant because she doesn’t initially like how unsteady she feels on her feet, but after getting the hang of it she can’t be pulled away. She initiates multiple competitions for jumping the highest and she prides herself on winning many of them. Lucas often accuses her of levitating herself up higher in order to win (which is only sometimes true) and Mike is determined to beat her one day (even after growing several inches, he never can out-jump El).
When it’s announced that a meteor shower will be visible in a few days, the group assembles their sleeping bags on the trampoline to watch. It’s crowded with all six of them packed in like sardines but El is immediately in awe of the shooting stars and doesn’t even think about how Max’s elbow is digging into her side and how Will accidentally kicks her every few minutes. Most of the group falls asleep not too far into the night, but being the astrology lover he is, Lucas makes sure to stay awake so he can talk to El about all the stars.