Happy Hump Day, AKA, Writer Wednesday!
Here is today’s prompt:
Right after they posted the results, I tried to not look.
Because when I looked, I would either be extremely relieved or extremely disappointed. Right now, I was totally and completely ignorant; I was in emotional purgatory—neither happy nor sad. Neither elated nor distraught. I liked it that way. I was comfortable there. And I certainly didn’t want to mess up a good thing, thank you very much.
Soon, however, the group collected shoulder-to-shoulder in front of the bulletin board started to disperse. I saw the frowns on some faces, smiles on others, and high-fives happening around me. The person who tried out just before I did looked up at the list, sighed, and shuffled away. More grins, more head hanging, until finally, I was the last person standing in front of the board.
There was nothing left to do but seal my fate. I would either be a part of the team or just another spectator, cheering them on from the stands.
What does it matter, anyway? I asked myself. Most of the people on the team are a bunch of meat-head, wide-shouldered jerks that thought they owned the school. Did I really want to be a part of that?
Yes. Yes I did.
I drew in a deep breath and put my finger on the board, touching every name as I went down, looking for my own. My heart beat faster and faster, I was quickly making it to the end of the list.
Ten more names…
Five more names…
Three more names…
I stopped before the last name. This is it. This will determine my social standing for the next year.
I read the last name. And then I read it again.
I couldn’t help it; the corners of my mouth turned up in a smile.