I rested my forehead in my hands and took a deep breath. My head was pounding. It had been for the last several hours. Around lunch I took a pain reliever, but the throbbing never eased up. My shoulders ached. I thought, maybe I should just go home and call it a day. I’m drained.
I look over at the backpack I lugged into the office this morning. It was my day to head to the rink. I’ve got nothing left today. Just skip it, I thought. Another deep breath. I force myself up and shut everything down. I grab the backpack and head to the restroom to change. I mutter to myself, "You’ll be fine, once you get there you’ll be fine."
The cool air hits me as soon as I walk through the doors. It feels good. I sit and lace up my skates as I hear the music playing on the early session. It’s loud. Again I think maybe this isn’t a good idea, but I’m here, keep pushing.
I step onto the ice and begin to take some warm-up laps. The air rushing past is soothing. The rhythmic rise and fall as I complete patterns around the ice is calming. The tension releases. I stop to sip some water and notice, it’s gone. The hammering in my head is gone. I smile. I feel lighter, recharged; time to start jumping. As I push away from the boards, one of the coaches starts the program music for one of her students “Let it Go” fills the rink. I laugh, skate over to the sound system, and turn it up.
Let’s Get Emotional
My goal with the challenge this year is to use it as an exercise to write something focused on a particular emotion. I hope to convey that mood or feeling through word choice in the story. I welcome your feedback on what worked or didn’t for you in each piece.
Once upon a time...
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