Each week at carrotranch.com, writers are prompted to explore the limitless possibility of their imagination within a boundary of ninety-nine words.
This week’s prompt:
In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a character who looks back. It can be a metaphorical reflection, or a glance in the rearview mirror. Who is looking back, and why? Go where the prompt leads.
Here is my entry:
He never should have been there in the first place. Everyone knew it—except him!
“I’m gonna train harder than ever. You’ll see!”
His team, family and coaches alike, bought, though weren’t entirely sold on, the idea of returning to the cage.
The adrenaline, the crowd’s deafening screams, his name printed in bold across the marquee: he needed this fix like a junkie’s blood itches for their drug of choice!
Through a ringing in his ears, he could hear what happened on the forlorn faces surrounding him.
Maybe this time he will hang the gloves up for good? Maybe.