Get Your Head In the Friendship Game
Feeling the rrrsh of adrenaline course through my body, I stood poised.,
ready to execute my final straddle split leap. With the baton clutched
tightly in my sweaty hand, I expertly twirled the ribbon, flashed the judges
a dazzling smile, and broke into my run-Lrp. My heart brimmed ipith
confidence: I knew a win was within my sights. Then I leaped. The fleeting
moment of exhilaration passed as I neared the ground. As I landed, my
foot twisted awkwardly and went from under me. A searing pain shot
through my ankie as I crashed down and out. Tears blurred my vision as I
hobbled off towards the changing rooms ignoring Ashley's cry of concern,
It was a well practised move: why on earth had I fallen? I thought my
nelÃ/ shoes would seal the event for me.
"Okay girls, quieten down! This is Stacey Harlington, the newest
member of your tean,' Coach Madison announced. A bubbly girl of about
fifteen pranced into the room and beamed as she said in a heary Texan
accent, "Hi y'dl, glad to meet yal" There was a smattering of polite
applause as all but one returned to their grueling practice routines.
"Hello, I'm Ashley 'chandler. How come you're here? I thought the
rhythmic s/mnastics team slots were already allocated."
"'We11, I wasn't being serious, I wuzjust foolin'around in grm ciass
when someone from the selection committee came over. Yeah, she said
somethin' like Jiou're awful talented, come join our team,. And I got me a
place here, I guess."
"Goodness, yolr must be good! Anyway, come join me now."
nv/hy, sure. Y'all have to show me around, I'm new to this whole
Gradually, the girls grew closer as they spent the time between their
practices drinking milkshakes ald goofing around. Practically sisters,
their friendship was envied by many. Meanwhile, Stacey gained immediate
popularity because of her easy-going personality.
As the Ol5rmpics drew alarmingly close,