“The Other Kind of Prejudice”

“The Other Kind of Prejudice”

At least he wasn’t the only one late for practice, James thought, as he and Bob jogged towards the center of the football field.

Team captain Jared (“The Hulk”) spotted them and crossed his arms. He wasn’t pleased.

“I’m sorry,” James said. “I have no excuse.”

“Sure you do,” Bob said. “You just had a messy breakup with your boyfriend in the parking lot.”

Everyone went quiet. James looked down at his feet to escape their stares. This was bad.

“Is that true?” Jared asked. “You broke up with your boyfriend?”

James mind raced to find an absolving lie, but he couldn’t think of anything to say. Finally he just nodded, and waited for the inevitable tormenting and ostracizing to begin.

The silence was finally broken by Jared. “I’m sorry dude, tough break.”

James couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Everyone was mumbling condolences.

“So,” said Jared, “You wanna sit this one out or..?”

James didn’t trust his own voice so instead he just shook his head.

Best. Practice. Ever.

 


 

Thanks for reading!

Written for theΒ FFfAW Challenge – Week of August 9,Β 2016

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yinglan. Thank you Yinglan for our photo prompt!

170 words.

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9 thoughts on ““The Other Kind of Prejudice”

  1. Ahhh this story gave me these wonderful butterflies! I love that you added in ‘The Hulk’ when describing Jared. It was such a simple two words, but it added a lot to the character as well as to the reader’s assumption (“oh god, is he going to beat up poor James?”) and as a result, it made the ending all that much sweeter. You definitely have a fan in me. Can’t wait to read more!

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    1. Thank you very much! Happy to hear it gave you butterflies, high praise. πŸ˜€ Yeah, I really like that these flash-fiction challenges force me to search for the shortest solutions. “The Hulk” seemed to say it all. I had a lot of fun building up the tension in the scene only to have Jared defuse it with compassion. Jared’s a good guy; bad-tempered sometimes, sure, but a good guy. There will definetly be more stories in the future. ^_^ Take care!

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  2. Aw, I loved this. His team liked him and respected him. It didn’t matter that he broke up with his boyfriend (and it wouldn’t have mattered had it been a girlfriend) they knew James was hurting and were there to support him. Great piece!

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    1. Glad you liked it, Amanda! You’re right, to his surprise they treated him no different than if he’d broken up with a girlfriend. The world had taught him it was a side of him he had to hide (or suffer the consequences), but instead of torment his team rallied around him. Thank you for the kind words!

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