Alphabet Project: Letter C

Alphabet Project: Letter C

Welcome back to another entry into my Alphabet Project introductions. Today, I present you with the letter 'C'.

This was the first story that really gave me trouble. The first two, I thought about what I wanted to write for about a week, then on the final day I wrote the entire story almost exactly as it is currently. 'C' wasn't as easy, or at least didn't flow as smoothly as the others did. I wrote a story, wasn't thrilled with it, wrote an extension to it where everyone died, it made no sense, got rid of that ending, and stuck with what I had initially written, only refining the grammar and a few details.

What follows is a brief snippet of the beginning of the story, "Coaching Team Sports"

Standing on a bench Coach Conic preaches to his audience about the importance this night entails. With a lump in his throat and a tug at his heart he fills the otherwise silent locker room with his sermon. His words fall on 24 pairs of ears, all belonging to soon-to-be men, who for three hours a week worship this man as their savior and leader. This is high school football.

“Gentlemen, tonight begins your journey to manhood. Most would say that journey ends the first time you have sex, but if that were the case, half of you would already be men, and the other half won’t become so for another 20 years.”

After a quick chuckle from the group, Thomas Johnson, a transfer student and the only player on the team to not have had the privilege of playing under the guidance of Coach Conic for the past three years raises his hand with a puzzled look. “Coach, I know I’m new around here, but this is just high school football, right?” The entire rest of the team seems to lower and shake their heads in unison. Noticing this, Johnson defends himself, “I mean guys, come on don’t you think he’s taking this a little too seriously? It’s just football, it’s not pro, or even college.”

Professionally hiding his anger and disgust Coach Conic composes himself, “Johnson, you’re right you are new here, and you better be damn glad I let you on the varsity team. This is my first year coaching an entirely senior team.” Jumping down from the bench, he points to the entire ensemble before him. “For each and every one of you, this is your last real season of football, in fifteen minutes you start the first game of the only season that will matter in your life. Furthermore, this is my last year coaching, when the season is done, so am I.”

Everyone in the locker room drops their jaws, including the defensive coach who was also clearly unaware. “Larry, what are you talking about, you’ve still got another ten years coaching, minimum.”

“I know, I know but I’m going to end on a high note. I’m going out with a team of seniors after winning nationals. I understand that’s still another four months away, but that journey starts tonight. After this season, you’ll all go on to play college ball, and that’s the beginning of the end. High school ball is the pinnacle period of the sport, because this is the last time the sport is played for the love of the game. From here you go to college, where all that matters is what pro team you can go to for the most money. And love is replaced by greed, passion by money, that Johnson, is why this season is so important.” After shooting a look at Johnson, Conic jumps back on the bench, “Team, the moment is at hand; on three tell me who you are.” The entire team begins slamming the locker doors repeatedly, and over the clamor, “One, two… THREE!”

In a unified eruption, “Devils!”

“Again!”

“Devils!”

“Again!”

With a final synchronized slam of locker doors, “BLUE DEVILS!”

Now click the link, and enjoy the letter 'C'. "Coaching Team Sports"

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