She rubbed her palms against her thighs in anticipation of the challenge. 1
Her heartbeat increased, and her forehead showed beads of sweat. She smiled, she couldn’t remember the last time she felt such joy, such rush, such exhilaration.
She wasn’t the last one to be called over, but she felt it was her turn. Maybe it was the way the leader looked at her for an extra beat, or maybe it was the way her little sister jumped after their last huddle. Or maybe it was just that little tingling feeling she always got when something great was about to happen.
“RED ROVER, RED ROVER, WE CALL JESSICA OVER!” they all chanted.
She sprung into action, making a direct line for Lizzie, her kid sister. She was the weakest link on the team. With but five feet to go, she shot off to her right. Her last second change of course threw them off guard. The look of surprise in Joey’s face betrayed him. She knew she’d made the right choice by heading straight into the strongest boy on the team. With ease she crossed his clutching hand. Triumphant, she returned to her team.
The receptionist’s phone buzzed. She picked it up, brought the receiver to her ear, she nodded and looked at Jessica. “Yes, I’ll bring her right over,” she answered, and hung up. She stood up and turned toward her “They’re ready for you,” she said. She made her way around, “Let me take you to them.”
That same tingling feeling came back to Jessie, the one that allowed her to break through the strongest links. She stood up, and smiled at the receptionist. She winked, “It’s ok, I can show myself in,” she said. She straightened her skirt, picked up her bright red satchel, and thanked her for the glass of water.
Red Rover, Red Rover, I’m coming right over she chanted to herself. She walked with her head held high, and entered the interview room knowing she was going to nail this one.
1 Quote from Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
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