He was tired and run down in the middle of training camp. The negativity around him—a girlfriend who always needed more attention, an alcoholic father more interested in free tickets to his fights than quality time, and a pile of past due bills barking for attention from an empty wallet—further drained his energy.
He called his friend in California, “I need to change things up before this fight; all this shit around me is too stressful. Can I come train with you guys?”
“We don’t like outsiders,” his friend was teasing on the other end of the line.
Instead of listening to those who told him he was having a lapse in judgement by leaving or that he wouldn’t be welcome upon his return, he put as much space between them as quickly as possible. Following the dashed lines of the highway, he was excited to filter out the noise and connect with a new future.
Prompted from Six Sentence Story Word Prompt at: https://girlieontheedge1.wordpress.com/2021/01/10/sundays-six-sentence-story-word-prompt-142/.
Prompted from Your Daily Word Prompt at: https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2021/01/14/your-daily-word-prompt-lapse-ydwordprompt-january-14-2021/.
Prompted from Fandango’s One Word Challenge at: https://fivedotoh.com/2021/01/14/fowc-with-fandango-instead/.
Prompted from Tale Weaver at: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2021/01/14/tale-weaver-310-tired-and-run-down-14th-january/.
Prompted from Three Things Challenge at: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2021/01/14/three-things-challenge-478/.