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Here to Win (Walker Boys Sequel)

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Note: This probably isn't the way Olympic Trials are held... Welcome to Rachel & Amanda's version! :D

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“You’re ready for this,” Maurice promised.

I shook my head. “I don’t think so. I’m freaking out!”

He scoffed. “How could you be uncertain? I trained you! You’re ready to walk into the Olympics.”

“My times aren’t consistently with Caleb’s,” I argued.

“You don’t have to beat him in the Qualifiers,” Maurice argued back. “You only have to place in the top three, and you have second on lockdown.”

“I don’t do second Maurice,” I said, hotly.

“Well then get out on that track and prove it to me.”

I got out of the car and met up with Bill. Caleb and Samuel were already there, chatting.

“Hey guys, I said, breezily.

“Hey Mason!” Samuel said, slapping me on the back.

“Hey,” I said, pulling a bottle of water out of my track bag.

“Don’t be nervous dude, you’ll rock this,” Samuel promised.

“Alright,” Bill said, jogging over. “Caleb, you got the third heat. Samuel, you’re the second. And Mason, glad you could finally make it, you’re in the fifth heat.”

“How many heats are there?” I asked, taking my schedule from Bill.

“Eight.”

“Damn,” Caleb said, tucking his schedule into his bag.

“All you’ve got to do is run,” Bill said, chuckling. “Do you think you can do that?”

“I don’t know,” Samuel said, laughing with him.

“Hey,” Bill said, nudging me. “Why’re you nervous?”

“Because I’m at the Olympic Trials,” I said, taking another slug of water.

“If I didn’t think you should be here, then I would’ve told you.”

I nodded, trying to calm the nerves in my stomach. “How many people per heat go?”

“Don’t worry about that, just place first son.”

“It’s the top four,” Samuel whispered to me.

I nodded, feeling a bit of relief. I had some cushion room, not that I planned on coming in anything less than first.

“They’re starting the first heat,” Bill said, ushering us into the sea of athletes.

I couldn’t see anything except the people surrounding me. Everyone was tightly packed, all talking at once.

I felt my arm being jerked, and I came into a clear area. Caleb and Samuel were already there.

“This is crazy,” I said, looking around me at all the hopeful athletes. And I was supposed to be one of the three that made it?

“64,” Samuel said, looking around with me.

“What?”

“64 hopefuls this year.”

“That’s crazy.”

“Yeah, well pretty soon there will be three.”

They were calling for the second heat, the first over. Four names were listed on the board. I didn’t recognize any of them.

“Good luck man,” Caleb said, slapping Samuel on the back.

“Thanks,” he said, flashing me a smile.

“Good luck,” I echoed, matching his smile.

He headed out to the lineup, leaving just Caleb and I.

“Are you ready for this?” Caleb asked me.

“Nervous.”

“No time for that,” he clarified. “You’re a future Olympian, you have to be ready.”

I didn’t answer, watching as the second heat lined up. Samuel was in Lane 4, and he didn’t seem very happy about it.

“Samuel hates anything that isn’t Lane 3,” Caleb said, laughing. “Every time he’s raced, he’s always been in Lane 3.”

They got into starting position, and the gunshot went off. Samuel took off, well ahead of the rest of the guys. I watched as Samuel breezed through the hurdles, keeping a steady lead. He crossed the finish line first, his time slower than mine.

I couldn’t help but wonder how fair these heats were. What if I was placed with seasoned Olympic veterans?

Samuel came over and I congratulated him while he gulped down water and wiped himself off with a towel.

“Thanks man,” he said, after a few moments.

The gunshot went off and I turned to see Caleb. There was no competition, Caleb was obviously the best athlete so far. He crossed the finish line with the fastest time today.

Samuel clicked his tongue and shook his head. “Too fast.”

“What?”

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