Friday Fast One

Evan ball player

Evan George Gordon

“You’re welcome to use my sister’s glove,” Evan offered. “Brothers’ gloves are too big.”

Ashley picked it up, turned it over a few times, then put it back down. “I should get going.”

Evan shook his head. “No, because Nana invited you for dinner. Leaving now would be a sin. Some things you could get away with, but insulting her…nah, can’t let you do it.” He threw his mitt back in the box. “What’s the worst that can happen?”

They turned their heads towards the top of the stairs where a woman’s voice could be heard on the other side of the door. Evan didn’t find anything worrisome about the words or tone, and yet…

“It was too good to last,” Ashley whispered. “Tomorrow morning? Maybe we can try again tomorrow morning.”

The older boy nodded, hearing the pleading fear in his young friend’s voice. So close, yet so far. “We’ll try again tomorrow.”

(From “Who Knows”)

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