“Have you picked your crew yet?” Drew’s boss, Aaron, the college’s athletic director, asked.
“I’ve spoken with ten guys so far,” Drew, the men’s crew team coach, said, “but I need to narrow it down to the best eight.”
“Well, you can’t just bring anybody on board,” Aaron said. “You mustn’t allow yourself to get all mawkish about it. There’s no room for sentimentality here. You’ve got to wield the proverbial ax and make sure you have a topnotch team.”
“I know, I know,” Drew said.
“And please make sure you that you review the blood tests results before eliminating anyone,” Aaron said. “Last year one of the crew members you selected had a serious bacterial infection and ended up bringing the whole team down before the season even began.”
“I know, I know,” Drew repeated.
Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (crew), MMA Storytime (ten), The Daily Spur (anybody), Word of the Day Challenge (mawkish), Your Daily Word Prompt (wield), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (bacterial).