Another Monday and another Trifecta Challenge. Trifecta alternates between the Trifecta, which is a 33 to 333 word challenge and Trifextra which limits you to 33 words.
Now onto this week’s Trifecta prompt. We’re back to one word, its third definition and the 33-333 word limit. Happy Writing!
1 a : a state of paralyzing fear
3 : SLUMP <an economic funk> <the team went into a funk>
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A team of destiny the newspapers had printed each day for two weeks. Guaranteed to win their third successive league championship, the television commentators crooned. It was a sure thing by all accounts. Never had a team done what the Greytown Tigers claimed. Thirty six consecutive wins, offensive and defensive records in several categories. A presence when entering a stadium that easily equated to a 10 point advantage.
But that was before Bodie Kelly, the two time conference quarterback and safety of the year got the text that sent his world into a spiral. Kansas State rescinded their offer of a full scholarship. Then it was Oklahoma joining the parade. Within two days five of the eight interested schools had backed away.
Bodie was devastated. The first withdrawal surprised him, but did not create worry. By the third however a funk was enveloping him. His accuracy in practice went south as fast as a duck receiving a full load of buckshot. The coaches were panicked, knowing the whole team depended heavily on Bodie’s frame of mind.
Even Savannah Markham, easily the uncontested beauty of Mackinely High School could not pull him out of his depression. Without him playing at 100% the chance of them repeating for a third time was so slim. She tried everything she knew and had learned in two years with him, but it was no use.
Coach Jim Lane was at his wits end. The kid had done nothing wrong, he knew that. It was a simple case of mistaken identity. Another kid in the state Bodie G. Miller had been nabbed for shoplifting at the Walmart two hundred miles away. With the signing deadline coming so soon the schools had jumped first without asking questions.
Lane worked feverishly through long days and nights trying to clear his Bodie Kelly’s name. But could he get it done before the championship?
The tension is killing me, here.
That’s it? Come on now, you have to tell us whether he got his name cleared? You can’t just leave it like that!! *starts begging* Pretty please, with sprinkles and a cherry on top?!
😉 Great story.
Really good use of the prompt. Good tension and leaves the reader wanting more.
Joe, not only did you nail the prompt, but you wrote one of the better stories I have read of yours. A complete story; begging, middle and end… with a cliffhanger. Some clever lines.
Trying to craft some shorts I can look at to lengthen for fiction contests.
You have crafted a good story here Joe.
It has a great flow and I want to know what happens next!