"Where did you put your bag?" my mom asked urgently.
"I... thought I put it right here," I muttered as I looked around the table.
"Well it's not here, is it?" she asked, sounding more irritated by the second.
"Go check the Lost and Found," she instructed. "We need to go."
"Yes ma'am," I grumbled before running toward the glorified closet called the Lost and Found.
I hated the pool. Why did my parents force me to come here? They don't even spend time with me; they just lie in the sun and talk to their friends. Not like I'd want to swim in an oversized bathtub full of germs and unsanitized strangers. I wish I could have stayed home and finished my book. The world inside was much better than the lame real one...
I looked up and saw that the closet was even worse than I remembered. It was less of a closet and more of a worn-down shack, with broken shelves poorly fixed with duct tape and glue, and the walls practically falling apart with cracks and splintered wood. Nonetheless, miscellaneous water toys, sandals, and sunglasses were mindlessly littered about, confirming that this was the Lost and Found. The closer I got to it, the more it looked like it could fall apart at any second. There was no one inside, but I saw my bag on one of the shelves. As I grabbed it, something caught my eye. I looked over, and I saw a dusty old telescope. It looked ancient and must've been abandoned for years. I figured I might as well make the most out of this trip, so I took it off the shelf. As I walked back to my mom with the telescope in my hand, I tried blowing the dust off it. As soon as I did, the wind blew the cloud right back into my face. I coughed, dropped it, and rubbed at my eyes. Once I could see, I saw the telescope roll into the pool. Without thinking, I jumped in after it. Unfortunately for me, it fell near the deep end, which I didn't realize until it was too late.
I should've turned around. I should've swum back to the surface and forgotten about the stupid thing, but something was pulling me toward it. I couldn't leave it behind. Even if I heard my mom calling me, she could wait just a few more seconds. I was right on top of it when my head started to hurt. How deep was this pool anyway? It didn't matter. I was so close. I felt my vision fade as I touched it with the tip of my finger. Almost… almost…
I felt my vision fade as I finally wrapped my hand around the telescope, but it didn't matter. I got my treasure.
And I wasn't letting it go.
When I opened my eyes again, everything was dark. I gasped, surprised to find myself breathing. I looked around, and I saw sparkling dots all around me, littered throughout the massive darkness. They looked like...stars. I looked down in my hands, and the telescope was still there. I turned the larger lens toward me and saw that it was glowing.
Before I could question it, I started to hear something muffled echoing through this empty space I was trapped in, and I wondered if I'd drowned. Maybe someone had pulled me out of the water. Am I dead?
I quickly looked around, only to find nobody there. Was I dead or crazy? I swallowed before sighing. It's not like I had anything to lose.
I put the scope to my eye and looked around, and what I saw blew me away. A beautiful array of stars danced across my eyes, sparkling and lighting up the black and purple sky with a spectacle of glimmering lights. I smiled to myself as I lowered the glass from my eye, only to find a large building before me. My feet now planted in wet grass, and my swimsuit no longer on my back, replaced by some kind of cloak, I found that I had somehow arrived at a giant, open observatory.