My Clarity of Night Contest Entry

My entry is now posted at The Clarity of Night. Mine is Entry #12. You can read it over there (and see the picture we used for inspiration) or you can read it below. I hope you like it:

To Be The Hero Once More

I should’ve listened to my wife.

She had told me, begged me really, to sit this one out, to stay at home with her and the baby, to not try to be the hero. She knew this about me. I always have to be the hero.

She told me I’m not a kid any more, that I have responsibilities now. “What if you got hurt”, she asked. We both knew we couldn’t afford for me to miss any time at work, but I assured her that I’d be fine, that there’s no way “Sweet Feet” was coming home injured. She rolled her eyes.

Sure they were all at least twelve years younger than I, and most of them faster and stronger. And sure, at the last minute they had decided we were going to play tackle rather than touch. I was going to be Quarterback; all of the glory without having to do much running or even get hit.

I’m not sure what came over me. Watched too many Steeler games? All those girls in the stands, cheering us on? It’s nice to know you still got it, right?

It was fourth down, we were at the goal-line, and the game was on the line. In retrospect, maybe I shouldn’t have dove, but it felt right at the time.

And so, I find myself staring at the beautiful Fall Pennsylvania sky, with a headache and possibly a few less teeth. Was it worth it? Depends. Did I get in?

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4 thoughts on “My Clarity of Night Contest Entry

  1. I’m falling behind it seems….:(
    I had to re-send it because I had sent it without a major check-up, only to discover some grammar typos and lack of logical spacing. So I re-sent it, asking Jason to discard the previous one.
    Your is funny and flows easily. The character does speak to us. I wonder if it is based on any of your real-time experiences 😛

  2. Rob – thanks! It was pretty easy to write.

    SzélsőFa – There is plenty of time for you to get your entry in. I’m sure it will be great. There may be a little of me in the story 🙂

    Diane – I’m glad you liked it. It was a fun one. I do feel a little better today.

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