“I know the conditions aren’t ideal, but you need to get out there and practice maneuvering around those traffic cones,” his coach said.
“Are you serious?” Glenn asked. “It snowed last night and it’s still icy out there. Are you trying to get me injured? Or worse?”
“The motocross competition is this coming weekend, son,” the coach said. “You’re not ready yet. You still need more practice.”
“Maybe I’ll sit this one out,” Glenn said. “I’ve won the last two competitions. I don’t want to risk injury practicing under these conditions.”
“If you want to maintain your ranking, you need to put yourself out there,” his coach said. “This is not the time to hold back.”
“Fine,” Glenn said. He hoped on his cycle and headed toward the first cone. He was able to successfully maneuver around the cones multiple times without spinning out. And with the encouragement of his coach he kept at it.
As Glenn rounded the far cone, he felt his cycle’s rear wheel lose its tenuous grip on the icy pavement. Glenn tried to hop off his bike, but he took a hard fall on a small patch of bare pavement.
The pain in his left arm was intense and Glenn had no doubt that his arm was broken. His coach ran over to help Glenn up and he, too, could tell that Glenn had fractured his arm.
Glenn glared at his coach. “I knew this was a bad idea,” he said, gritting his teeth through the pain. “Take me to the goddam emergency room.”
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Oleksii S @ Unsplash.