Friends and Fiends

When Hayward was 8, his parents sent him to a camp for one month. But what they didn't know was that the camp was actually a boot camp, and no one was allowed to leave the camp until they were 19.
But when Hayward discovers a new friend, he also discovers new fiends. And still, Hayward and his new friend manage to ignore the fiends and do things no one has ever thought of doing before.


5. Chapter 5

Hayward, Isaac, and Bentley brought Nick to their seats and waited for the arrival of Sergeant Jones and Captain Levi. They arrived with the cook in their hands. The cook's apron was wrinkled and dirty, mostly from mud and batter. Sergeant Jones threw the cook to the ground and ripped off his apron. The cook was bawling. 

"Get up, you worthless mutt!" Sergeant Jones screamed. Captain Levi stepped back in fright. As Sergeant Jones beat the cook, Captain Levi went up to the stage and turned on the megaphone. 

"Mornin' kids!" Captain Levi exclaimed. Nick pulled a book from his pocket and began to read. "Who's hungry?!" All the kids raised their hands and cheered. "Well, there's been a little delay here. You see the cook over there?" Everyone turned their heads toward the now-bloodied cook. "Sergeant Jones suspects he's been stealing our emergency food. You see, it's been disappearing ever since he was hired, she says. But the good news is that he didn't find our secret stash. Our great cook-to-be here has prepared a small breakfast. Put your hands together for Leo Westan, everyone!" Leo Westan, a Pepperboy, blushed as he went up on stage. He whispered something into Captain Levi's ear, then took the megaphone into his hands.

"Good morning, fellow campers!" exclaimed Leo. He smiled. "As you have just heard, I've prepared for you a breakfast you will never forget. It will blow your minds and make your mouth water. You will be left wanting more! And now, I present to you, Leo's Amazing Award-Winning Breakfast!" Captain Levi pulled a tarp off one of the tables and revealed platters of food. From Hayward's table, no one couldn't see what it was, but even Nick put down his book and sniffed the air. Captain Levi took the platters of food and passed them out to the kids. Hayward's table were the first ones to receive our breakfast. They all took our utensils and stared at the food. 

The main dish was eggs, sausage, and toast. On the side was a bowl of fruit, a small fruit salad, and a biscuit. It also included a glass of milk. Hayward grabbed the biscuit and bit into it. Immediately, he spat out the biscuit. Outside, it was harder than a hockey puck. Inside, it was doughy and wet. Hayward threw the biscuit into the bushes and took a sip of milk. The milk was rotten. He tried to spit out the milk, but Leo was walking by them. Hayward winced and swallowed. Leo smiled and gave him two thumbs-up. Hayward smiled back, holding in the vomit. He did not want to risk his life and try the rest of Leo's food. So instead, Hayward picked up my platter and went to the table where a boy called Iron-Stomach Ian sat.

Ian could eat anything. But he ate things for a price. It usually costed a dollar, sometimes maybe three, but if it was really bad, Ian would charge a minimum of 20 dollars, on the spot. He had once eaten a rotten fruit salad mashed with a cupcake that someone had found under their bed. It costed the person 50 dollars. But hopefully, Hayward could pass and just pay a nickel or a penny this time.

"Hey Ian," Hayward muttered. Ian looked up from his platter of breakfast and smiled. 

"I see you have something for me," Ian said. Hayward nodded and slid the plate to the middle of the table so everyone could see it. Ian laughed. "No problem! I'd eat this for, let's see. How about a nickel, Freckleface?" Ian suggested. Hayward shrugged. "Or maybe a dollar. You don't know what that Leo boy put in it." Hayward shook his head.

"A nickel is fine," Hayward shot. Ian wiped the spit off his forehead.

"Hey, I'm the one making the decisions here. But you have a point, there. Alright, a nickel it is!" Hayward reached into his pocket and dropped a nickel into Ian's hand. Ian put the coin away and began to chug down the rotten milk. Hayward shuddered and walked away.

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