Classes over, I headed to the locker room with a sense of excitment. I stopped, chilled by the sight of my locker. The big room empty with no witness to the vandalism; broken door, lock open, gym bag unzipped, team uniform torn . Fury rose inside me ready to explode. One hour before the meet. I called home. “Edgar, is my aunt there? “She has gone. What may I do for you?” Holding back tears, I said, This is an emergency, Edger. Please go to my room, tp dresser drawer and take out a sports bra. pair At the back of the closet is a backpack. Grab an old pair of blue jeans and a tee shirt and hurry. Meet me at the main entrance to the high school. And Edgar, bring a sharp scissors. Thank you.” “Roger.” The line went dead. “Did he say Roger?”Ten minutes later, a police motorcycle, red lights flashing, led the way for the limousine_ Robert at the wheel_ to pull up to the main entrance. Edgar made his elegant way; case in hand as I sprinted over and reached way up to kiss him on the cheek. “Thanks. I owe you one.”In a toilet stall, I struggled into the bra top. Next came the hardest part, cutting the legs off my fave jeans from long ago. “Sorry, kids, I said and slashed right through the threadbare fabric. Funky but it would have to do. Hair up in a ponytail, I prepared to run my ass off. Something rattled around in the case. I found a cold bottle Almost giddy, I guzzled the juice drink Edgar packed, one of Aunt Eleanor’s specials. I caught my reflection in the mirror and said,” Charlie Costigan_no loser here. At the track, eyebrows taised to the max, Betty Garrison said,: What the hell are you wearing?” I felt the team grow quiet waiting for my answer. “Sorry Coach, the team uniform is ruined. Lucky someone from homebrought somthing for me to wear. ” She didn’t buy it but just then a bus pulled up with the opposition. If we won, she’d bend a little. If we lost, well maybe she’d blame it on my clothes. I took the time to look in every one of my team member’s eyes. I said, “We’re going to win today and put this crap behind us. Got it? But I want you all to remember one thing. I won’t ever forget or forgive what you’ve done.” Slowly one by one, they nodded. I added a little boost. “Go Team all the way.”
A defining moment for her! She let them know in no uncertain terms that she wasn’t having it. Go Charlie!
Great snippet, my friend!
Charmaine Gordon says:
June 13, 2020 at 4;30 pm Edit
Charlie knows and now she tells the girls what her plan is. She hates them; they will never get close to her again. I’m so proud of her. Thanks a bunch, Teresa.
She handled that much better than I would have. I hope she beats them all.
Charmaine Gordon: says:
June 13, 2020 at 7:15pm Edit
And Charlie will. She will beat them all and move on. She is a marvel. Thanks, Jessica.
She being very resourceful to cover this emergency.
Charmaine Gordon says:
June 13, 2020 at 11:40 pm Edit
She sure is. Charlie will keep going. Watch her as she continues to grow. Thanks, Ed.
Charlie’s a fighter, make no mistake!
Charmaine Gordon says: June 14, 2020 at 10: 45 a.m. Edit Charlie is one of a kind, always clever and so strong. Actually, I’m nuts over her.
Awesome she didn’t just collapse in a ball of tears. She solved the problem and is still going to run.
Charmaine Gordon says: June 14, 2020 at 11″O3 am Edit
She is one of a person, dynamic and strong. You’d love her, Daryl
Everyone needs an Edgar in their corner. Great scene.
Charmaine Gordon says: June 14, 2020 at 12:O7 pm Edit Yes, an Edgar is needed at least once a day.. Charlie loves Edgar because he’s always ready to help. Fun with my friend Alexis.
I always admire this character’s self possession and sheer guts. Excellent excerpt and quick thinking on her part. Hugs to you, my friend!
Charmaine Gordon says:
June 14 ,20 Edit20 at 3::34 pm
She is the best; always knowing what is the best thing to do and in this scene she is all over those awful girls. I’m looking for the next part.
She has team spirit, even if some of the girls don’t. Good for her.
Charmaine Gordon says: June 14, 2020 at 5:22 pm. Edit Charlie knows what’s what. and she ‘s ready for the best coming on.Those awful girls better watch out. Thanks for coming over, Diane.
Good for her!
Charmaine Gordon says: June 14 at 10:36 pm. Edit. I agree. Charlie is a strong wonderful young woman.
Charlie is a strong one!
Charmaine Gordon says: June 14, 2020 at 10:56pm. Edit” She is a remarkable young woman.
Great thinking on her feet and resourceful. Way to go Charlie!!