Reconstructing Charlie

Sizzing up the girls, I figured the blond lean muscular one Lori, to be the alpha runner, top dog. We hurried down the hall and entered the womens locker room. She pointed to a locker. “Change and go through that door to the field. I’ll watch for you.” Alone and glad of it, I changed fast in case anyone barged in. Betty Garrison waved from a distance. A bunch of faces greeted me without smiles.What the hell did I expect?” Me, the competition. This would be my tryout. She assigned a lane on the track to each of us and yelled go. I ran with the fear of Dad chasing me, ran as if I’d never before and kept running and never heard the coach shouting my name, calling me back. I ran until she drove up next to me in a golf cart and said,”Stop. You made the team, Charlie. An offer to drive me back. I turned around to see the school in the distance and woods ahead. I accepted the ride. The Coach wanted to know if I used the image of someone chasing me to get into the zone. I said, No. I just love to run.Big fat Lie. I’d been running for my life all my fifteen years.

29 thoughts on “Reconstructing Charlie

    • Charmaine Gordon says:
      May 31, 2020 at 11:30 p.m. Edit
      Alexis, good friend, here we are. Charlie is a remarkable girl. The eldest child, she had to take over her family’s problems. Eventually, she was forced to leave home because she killed her father and so she moved on to a delightful aunt and uncle who love her right away.

  1. I love the way she takes adversity and uses it to her advantage. She’s a very powerful character! I enjoyed the excerpt, could feel her running from your description. Hugs to you, my friend!

  2. Charmaine Gordon says:
    May 31, 2O2O at high noon in New York Edit
    Girl Friend, here we are again. Yes, Charlie is only fifteen; already she is a powerhouse working her way as her aunt and uncle give her everything she needs to grow up and move on. Missing you, my friend. Would you believe I’m eighty-nine and still having fun?. Of course, Amy and CassidyRae take good care of me. More Hugs from me to you.

  3. I love that the coach had to chase after her with a golf cart. I sense there might be a special bond between these two. Very nicely written, my friend! xo

    • Charmaine Gordon says:
      May 31, 2020 late at night Edit.
      Elaine, as the eldest child, Charlie always had to be in charge and she’s the one who killed her father. Now she lives with aunt and uncle in Chicago and life will be good. Thanks for being here. .

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