Archive for September 16th, 2010

Beginnings: Potential Energy

16 Sep

Joey looks down the waterside. He grips the plastic inner tube so tightly that the cheap seams cut into the flesh of his arm and side.

“You going?” the lifeguard asks. The broken rhythm has registered as Something She Needs To Address. She leans forward and lowers her sunglasses. He can see in her eyes she’s already decided he won’t.

He nods his head and turns back to the slide. He swallows hard but still can’t step forward.

“Look, kid–” The lifeguard starts.

“I’m going! I’m going!” he shouts.

Few forces are more powerful than the bravado of a ten-year-old boy.