Friday Fictioneers – The High School Hero

ff201113Steve had it all: star quarterback of the Dragons, boyfriend of Maggie Greenberg – the shimmering haired goddess of the cheerleader squad. They were everybody’s “couple most likely to succeed“.

It didn’t quite work out that way.

Steve flunked out of college after his freshman year, been pumping gas on Highway 835 ever since. Maggie stayed at home pumping out their five kids.

Steve hasn’t been feeling himself for weeks now: kinda disconnected, confused. His games of catch have had to be put on hold; the old cannon doesn’t quite sling like it used to, some days it don’t work at all.

“An old football wound,” he slurs.

Maggie is worried. We all are.


These words form my entry into this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.

16 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The High School Hero

  1. sustainabilitea

    Paul, the really ironic thing about this is that at this very moment I’m listening to someone report on a Boston sports writer talking about how terrible we are for supporting football. Weird. Cue the “X-Files” music.


    1. paulmclem Post author

      Ah. Got to confess, it’s meant to be a sad story. The arm not working, the slurred speech, feeling disconnected etc. Was trying to hint at some form of serious illness. Perhaps I was too subtle.

  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Paul,

    Sounds like a case of “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” I love the pumping gas/pumping out five kids. Very sad ending. Doesn’t sound promising for him. Good and believable story.



  3. Glynis

    Sad when your best years were in High school, sad story.
    “But what a strong arm he had, they would say. Now just pumping gas.” { Shaking head}


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