Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher

By Chris Crutcher

Those six tales from acclaimed writer Chris Crutcher are approximately athletes, yet are usually not easily activities tales. the following he offers characters from a few of his best–loved novels, in addition to growing a few unforgettable new personalities, in stories of affection, dying, bigotry, heroism, and coming of age. a long time eleven+

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I don’t want to see a therapist! I just don’t want to see you kissing! You want to know what I need? I’ll tell you! Role models! Someone to show me how things are done! Don’t you guys ever watch Oprah? ”) It was a marvelous tantrum, and effective in that it resulted in the now-famous ironclad No Kissing Contract, which I have since, for my part, dissolved but to which they adhere as if it were the Kama Sutra itself. You will not hear the smacking, sucking reverberations of lips parting in passion from lips in either of my happy homes.

He whirls, smiling, his eyebrows dancing. “Oklahoma,” he says. “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.

Lay off! ” Dad stares into the bleachers, as if slapped back into consciousness himself, and I see his shoulders slump. He gazes back down at me, and I expect for an instant he’ll offer me a hand; but suddenly he’s walking across the gymnasium floor to the boos of the crowd. I beat the Great Cecil B. Rivers. So where is my glory? I didn’t stay to call play by play for the volleyball game. My love affair with Marilyn Waters will have to wait. I could no more have remained in that gym and borne my father’s shame than fly to the moon.

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