Thiago and his coach closed their roadwork in an all-out sprint to an agreed upon finish line.
When their hands left the crutch of their knees and their deep, labored breathing steadied, coach went inside to change, whereas, Thiago sprawled out on a patch of grass.
The sun’s rays flashed through Thiago’s eyelids when they peeked from behind a cluster of clouds. It was an all too familiar sensation. In a recent bid for a world title, Thiago was served the first loss of his career, a crushing knockout at the hands of a savvy vet. As Thiago awoke from the canvas and his brain slowly began communicating with his senses, the lights haloed coach’s head, who was murmuring something about, “Everything is going to be alright.”
Opening his eyes, rejuvenated and eager to return to championship form, Thiago could see the silver lining in every cloud above him.
Word count: 150
Link to the 199th Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers photo prompt: flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/fffaw-challenge-199th/.