By Chris Crutcher
Those six tales from acclaimed writer Chris Crutcher are approximately athletes, yet should not easily activities tales. right here he provides characters from a few of his best–loved novels, in addition to growing a few unforgettable new personalities, in stories of affection, demise, bigotry, heroism, and coming of age. a long time eleven+
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The veins on Dad’s biceps and forearms look like a detailed street map of Billings. But he’s old. What he hasn’t been doing is wrestling, and anyone who wrestles will tell you there’s a certain lunatic edge you have to walk, and the only way to stay there is by eating celery sticks and raw spinach and Nutriment and running ten miles a day mummified in Saran Wrap and cranking out daily sit-ups and push-ups well into four digits—preferably in a sauna. Your nose and cheeks should sport permanent mat burns, and if your ears fold inward rather than outward, you’re bogus.
Superman’s not brave. He’s smart. He’s handsome. He’s even decent. ” I look at the tux, spread beside me, waiting. ” “He’s indestructible,” Alexander says. “You can’t be brave when you’re indestructible. It’s guys like you and me that are brave, Angus. ” I looked at the tux. ” Alexander put his hand on my shoulder. ” He left. So now I stand at the door to the gym. The temperature is near zero, but I wear no coat because once inside, I want to stay cool as long as possible, to reduce the risk of the dike-bursting perspiration that has become my trademark.
Number two,” I say back, and go for his leg. I get the takedown, but his escape is so quick I need a slo-mo replay to prove I ever had him. The rest of the round is spent locked in quick takedowns and escapes, each of us looking for that one opportunity. When Coach’s whistle ends the round, we are locked in the position in which we started. Dad slaps me playfully on the side of the head and smiles again. Playful slaps from my dad make you think you should answer the phone. The crowd is evenly split, kids screaming for me, parents cheering for Dad to win one for the Ancients.
Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher
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