Crystal’s Tale Part 7 (Growing Pains)

As Crystal sat with her legs crossed on the bench. She watched her teammates run up and down the court. She covered her eyes and shook her head, as the tension rose. Their opponents were challenging them. Block after block, the game was getting intense. Only two points ahead, and the other team is gaining. A rock solid group of Amazon warriors, a team made up of all girls. They were giving Crystals team a run for their money. Stephen finally got hold of the ball. He ran past the tallest opponent, positioning himself to make his shot. With a slight kneel, he began to spring himself for his shot.

 The crowd went silent as the intensity grew. This would be the shot that kept them ahead. The world around the teams, and their fans, now frozen inside the stands. He began the slow motioned shot. Just as the ball was about to release from his fingers, a loud smack, brought the moment crashing down. The tall Amazon girl, smacked the ball so easily out of his hand. Gasp of shock roared through the crowd, followed by laughter and surprise of the moment. This group of Amazon girls played tenaciously and Crystals team was about to lose. The game is tied, and their struggling to score, these fierce warrior girls were gaining quickly. Crystals treamate Dray grabbed the ball, and ran with fury across the court. He attempted to shoot. Instead, the opposing team threw him down. The whistles blew. A foul ad been called. In the last twenty seconds of the game, Dray made the winning shots. A relief for Crystals team, they were undefeatable thus far. 


The day was fresh with a cold winter bite in the air. The sun was bright and unrelenting. Crystal and her mother walked together smiling about their victory.

 “Good job Crystal.”Jane said with a cheery voice.

“Oh mommy I couldn’t do it without your support.” She beamed.

With nothing left to say, they began the walk to their car. A howling weap let out causing Crystal and Jane to flinch. Jane looked over towards the sound. A woman approaching fast, hollering for her mother in turmoil. A deep pain crested in her voice as she talked on the phone. Jane looked down at the ground with empathy in her heart. She had an idea of what painful story was unfolding. Christal looked at the woman and asked her mother, “What’s wrong with that lady mom?”

She’s having a moment.” Jane looked at Crystal with a sad and knowing look on her face. 

“You mean like a tantrum?” 

Something like that. More like not a happy moment.”Jane answered.

Who is she screaming for mommy?”

“Well… That there is a moment of impact my love.” Crystal looked at the tree they passed. She held a thoughtful look on her face. She looked at Jane and said, “Hey mom, what’s a moment of impact?”

Jane smiled at her question and said, “Did you hear her?”


“Sounded serious didn’t it?”


“Some day, my dear, you will understand. Until then, ponder it?” Crystal smiled at her mom. “OK mom” she said enthusiacically. She knew someday these words would make sense. They continued their walk down the sidewalk until they reached jane’s car. Jane knew Crystal didn’t understand that wisdom, but she knew with Crystal’s curious mind, she’d wonder from then on, and that alone made Jane proud of her. This small moment in time, Crystal would remember, that even though her mother’s musings did not always make sense, some day they would. 

For now, she would bask in the glory of this moment, as they walked off into the sunset.

To be continued…. 

©Amanda Gordon 

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