I was tagged not one, but TWICE for this, so I figured that meant I should play along. Here’s the idea.
1. Go to page 77 of your current manuscript/work-in-progress (MS/WIP).
2. Go to the seventh line of your MS/WIP.
3. Copy down the next seven lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they are written.
4. Tag seven writers and let them know.
So, this is from my current Work In Progress, “Walk Me Home.”
Russ pulled off his warm up jacket. He’d left his singlet sleeves down, and that exposed the tape around his chest. Parts of it were coming lose, and one area showed a tinge of red.
Cathy drew in a deep breath. “You’re bleeding. We need to get you re-taped. I’ve watched this guy. He’s tough, and he’s ready. You need to be careful.”
She went with him to the team’s athletic trainer, and stood by as he replaced the tape on Russ’s chest. Her eyes stayed on his face, darting occasionally to his injuries, but she still offered him nothing but words of encouragement. As the trainer finished, he pulled his singlet up and flexed his arms a few times to see how it felt. Better. Not great, but better.
“You know,” he gave her a sidelong glance and smiled, “today you have went out of your way to be nice to me. I don’t know that I want to get hurt so you’ll always be like this, but it is a pleasant side effect.”
She laughed and stuck out her tongue at him, but she grasped his hand as they walked to the mat. He looked at the clock. All he needed to do was hang on for seven minutes. All he wanted to do was get out the door with two wins one loss. The referee called him to the table for instructions. He was shocked to see both coaches and his final opponent meet him. “You want to forfeit?” Both coaches asked him at the same time.
The absurdity of the situation struck Russ as funny, and he started to laugh. One look at the mass of tape surrounding his chest told him it might be the wisest decision, but in that moment, he knew the only way he was going off the mat was after the final buzzer–or after a pin.
Now, for who I tag…