Go on lad!

Jon stood on the sidelines watching. He hadn’t been picked, it was the same old story, the same old joke. He glanced over at his mother, wondering if she was disappointed. She sent him a smile and a thumbs up, perhaps he’d tell her he was too ill to come next week. The whistle blew and snapped him from his daydream. He glanced over to see his teammate on the ground clutching his leg. He felt a heavy hand on his shoulder and looked up at his coach.

“Go on lad! This is your chance. Go make us all proud.”

football match - photo by yinglan

Originally written in response to FFfAW. Thank you Yinglan for the photo prompt for this weeks FFfAW’s Challenge – to write a story in 100-175 words (or less) using the above image..

18 thoughts on “Go on lad!

  1. What a nice story. If you were that soldier who struggled to make the team because, you thought, someone else had the eye of the coach, you understand that time when you’ve lost interest in the game, you want to go home and you feel mortified because you’re standing, no doubt blue kneed and freezing on the sideline. Then you get the call and suddenly the sun is out and you’re back in the game.

  2. Let’s hope the rest of the match goes well for him and next time he’s picked to play. Always tough being that outsider kid and that comes across well in the story. My take had a supportive mum featured in it too – go Mums calling from the sidelines 🙂

  3. Opportunties happen when you least expect them…I hope Jon was able to make his a happy one. If not, he did find out that he is needed and that is very important. Wonderful story.

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