Friday Fictioneers: ‘Benched’

22 May

It is Friday Fictioneers time again!  As per usual, the task is to write a one hundred word story in response to a photo stimulus posted by Rochelle to her blog.

‘Benched’

The captains sized up the students, strategized and sought to secure success.

They called names quickly, like music building to a crescendo.  Choices predictable as a metronome.

Hugs, high fives, and humungous grins abounded.

Then, the pace slowed.  Options were reduced, but spots needed to be filled.  Names were tentatively articulated, quieter, less sure, as captains reached for the best of a bad bunch.

Three students left.  An uneven number.

An intense conversation.

Then, a name.  Mine.

A smile.  Mine.

Hope.  Mine.

A hand outstretched.  A welcome?

No. A redirection.

To the bench.

Once again.

Maybe next time?

Probably not.

 

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3 Responses to “Friday Fictioneers: ‘Benched’”

  1. Dahlia May 23, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

    Heartbreaking…

  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) May 24, 2016 at 6:15 am #

    That sounds exactly like my story… forever benched.

    • mscwhyte May 24, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

      I shall have to read yours next!

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