Spring was coming fast, with the snow melting and trees slowly starting to have the smallest buds on their branches, and so both you and Vernon had started to get more and more excited about the idea of swimming, which was exactly why you had found a nice Saturday for the two of you to visit a nearby indoor water park.
Upon arriving at the large building that held the whole water park, you went to take your belongings and clothes to the lockers, changed into your swimming suits, and after a quick shower, entered the actual park area. Once you did, neither of you could hold in the fascinated gasps.
There were numerous slides, pools of different sizes and figures, and everything simply looked like a lot of fun.
“Where do you want to go first?” Vernon asked from you with a small grin and caught your hand with his. You chuckled and turned to him.
“Perhaps one of the slides? And then… I think that’s a fountain there? How about it?” you suggested while pointing at a thick pillar with water falling down from its top. Vernon looked at the direction and nodded.
“Sounds just perfect,” he said and squeezed your hand in his before the two of you left off to find the most intriguing slide.
You found one fairly soon, and ended up climbing the stairs to a slide you could ride together with an inflatable mini boat underneath you. You sat at the front, and got Vernon’s arms around you loosely when he had sat down behind you.
An excited smile was playing on your lips as you held the edges of the boat, making sure there was no one in your way in the pool. “Clear.”
You could hear him snort quietly, and unwrapping his arms, he pushed your boat forward so that he could set you off and placed his hands on the edges of the boat, too. As you slid down, you both resorted to screaming, although it was mostly mixed with your laughter.
When you reached the water, you and Vernon fell off the boat, laughing hard as it floated towards the edge of the pool.
“That was amazing,” you said while laughing and wiped your hair off your face after you had come up from the water. Vernon laughed too, shaking his head a little to get the water off his hair.
“We need to try that again while we’re here,” he announced, and you nodded excitedly. Figuring you had to get out of the way of whoever wanted to come down the slide next, you got off the pool and got the boat up as well, placing it on a conveyor belt that soon took it back up.
Linking your hands again, you and Vernon walked further into the water park, checking out all the cool stuff they had. You in particular set your eye on the hot tub, but you both agreed it’d be one of your last stops, if not the last.
While you could’ve gone to another slide, Vernon suggested you check out the fountain before you forgot, so that was where you went. The water in that particular pool was pleasantly warm, while the water after the slide been had on the slightly colder side.
You sighed contently as you got in the water, and Vernon let out an appreciative sigh, too.
“Good luck trying to get me out of here,” you grinned at him and began swimming on your back towards the fountain. Vernon snorted and swam after you, making you yelp when he caught you in his arms and gently moved you together under the fountain.
He pressed your back lightly against the tile of the pillar in the middle of the pool, and while grinning, leaned closer to you. “I love challenges.”
Your heart was beating a lot faster than it usually did when he was about to kiss you, but you knew it had a lot to do with the situation. You were in public, first and foremost, and he wasn’t a fan of too much PDA, but perhaps it was the illusion of privacy created by the water curtain all around you, with no one else under the fountain. And well, it was quite exciting to be embraced by him when you were both wearing only your swimwear.
Wrapping your arms around Vernon’s neck, you leaned in to give him the kiss he was going to give you, and smiled happily against his lips. “I love you.”
His cheeks gained a rosy color, and he gave you another kiss before just gently rubbing his nose against yours, the happiest of smiles playing on his lips. “I know. I love you, too.”
You remained still for a while, just enjoying the water falling down around you and the closeness of each other. His arms were steady around you, as strong as ever, and you could feel his lips curved into a smile against your neck.
Slowly, you finally untangled from each other and went around the pillar, then left from under it altogether. It looked beautiful, and the feeling of the water falling down to your shoulders was incredibly relaxing, even if it did almost make both of your swimsuit pieces fall down a little.
Vernon looked thoughtful for a moment, but it ended when you suddenly climbed to his back, which made him shriek quickly. He laughed heartily and placed his hands under your thighs. “Somewhere you wanna go?”
“Actually… yes. See that slide there?” you asked with a grin, pointing at one, where the fall to the pool was… well, an actual fall. Vernon swallowed as he nodded. “There.”
Shrugging, he began walking in the water towards the ladder, and as he got near it, hummed, “I hope you know you’re getting off my back soon.”
You snickered and hugged him. “Of course I do.”
The slide was just as enjoyable as the first one, even though you got some water up your nose and made a lot of rather ungraceful faces trying to get rid of it, while Vernon laughed at you and stroked your back.
“Better?” he asked when you finally let out a relieved sigh, and you gave him a small smile.
“Yeah. God, I hate it when that happens,” you grumbled before the two of you got out of the water, starting your journey towards another slide.
A few hours later, you were finally happily seated in the hot tub, cuddled up to each other with your feet playing with his.
“I’ve had a great time today,” you said happily as you fiddled with Vernon’s fingers. His smile was as warm as his gaze was when he looked at you.
“Me, too. Our best date yet,” he said with a grin, and you quirked your eyebrow.
“What about the one where we had our first kiss, huh?” you asked, mock hurt, and got a hearty laughter from Vernon, who shook his head.
His voice lowered to a whisper when he spoke, leaning closer to you, but not quite giving you a kiss. “After that one, of course.”
Back in the day you could afford to buy a house at age 20. Get a well paying job at 18 and be able to support three kids in a single income family. Be able to afford at least one big vacation a year. Have money to buy things like trampolines or pools. New vehicles and boats and RV’s.
Nowadays you have to go to college to have any hope in getting a somewhat well paying job. And that’s probably not until years after you graduated. And that’s if you’re lucky enough to even find a job. You spend $40,000+ and 4+ years of your life. You’ll be trapped under student loan debt. You’ll probably be working a minimum wage job at a fast food joint or retail job until you’re 26. You might be able to afford a cheap, shitty apartment with at least one roommate by the time you’re 21. And it’ll be just barely. Maybe even be able to afford a used vehicle. You won’t even be able to afford to go out and get some fast food or go to a movie once in a while. You’re two lost pay checks away from homelessness at all times. And if an unexpected emergency comes up? (Your car breaking down, you broke your leg, etc.) You’re fucked. Maybe you’ll be able to afford a house by the time you’re 35 if you’re lucky. You’ll have to have a wife or a husband or some roommates living with you, though. And this is the life you hope for. A lot of people end up homeless or not able to afford food. It’s become common place in our society.
You’ll also be called lazy and pathetic and be presented with article after article about how millennials are entitled and shitty.
My goal in life is to find someone who takes photos of me when I’m not looking, while we’re off exploring a new town, city, beach, country, culture… I love being the one with the camera but for once I want the tables to turn