Six days prior to the incident

Saturday at 12pm

Pov James

A beautiful blue sky with sparse clouds drifting lazily in the breeze, the sun beating down relentlessly. The Loud chirping cicadas can be heard from even up high on the bleachers that surround the Trinity High Football field. On the field High School football players are doing intense drills to prepare them for tomorrows home game. The Coach was running the drills seemingly keeping particularly close watch on the Quarterback. He is built like a bear at 6ft 10 and around 260lbs he dwarfed his teammates. ”James, pick up your feet and move son. Ive seen Turtles run faster than you. ” Looking like he is on his last legs James answers ”yes coach ” trying to hide the irritation in his voice .

Of course Im slowing down, I haven had anything to drink in 2 hours dad. Shaking the negative thoughts away. He tried to refocus on the task at hand but was having trouble. James glances over to the bleachers, his mind wandering once again. Maybe walking with Jin here this morning was a bad idea. He has been stuck in the bleachers for the past 4 hours though he seems to have his head stuck in his phone reading his books again. James was exhausted because his father had him get here an hour before anyone else to run drills which of course cut his time at the dojo which frustrated him greatly. James smacks his helmet to focus and starts running the drills again.

Ten agonizing minutes later of hard drills James collapses Seemingly from heat exhaustion. One of the teammates rushes to him and turns and shouts to the Coach ”Coach Tucker James Looks dead tired and very thirsty ”! Grabbing a water bottle He rushed over. ”Clear the way ” he demanded worry strewn across his face. ”I pushed the boy too far. How long since he had a drink… I can remember. ” Thought Coach Tucker. His face shows a mixture of worry and anger. James looks at his father and says in barely a whisper ”sorry dad ”. ”Dammit son just drink, next time tell me if you haven drank anything ” his father sternly replied. A shout from the stands can be heard as Lanky male cursing as he tripped and fell down the stairs almost comically landing on his ass. Everyone turned their head at once towards the bleachers just as he landed. Laughter erupted from everyone including James who started choking on the water he was drinking due to laughter. That one action cut through all the worry and tension like a truck steamrolling into a china shop.

”Jin, are you okay? It seems you might be a bit butt-hurt after that, ” James remarked fighting through his laughter. Jin and James both rise to their feet almost in unison. ”okay thats enough practice for today ”. hollered coach Tucker. He then looked at his son in worry ” are you okay son? ” James turned towards his dad towering over him with a smile on his face ”yes sir. Can I go hang out with Jin today? Weve got some plans to head to Burger king he hasn tried it yet considering he has only been in the states for a couple of months and after that i want to show him the dojo. ” The worry lifted from his fathers face ”sure just be back before the street lights turn on ”. His father replied. Jin finally stands next to James ”your Mr. funny huh Mr. Not so Gentle Giant. but seriously are you okay ”. ”Yes Jin Im fine, I just ran out of gas, lets head to B.K so you can have your first taste of a mid burger.

At B.K they order their food and sit down to eat. Jin kind of picks at his food. He seems almost lost in thought staring at James wolfing down his burger ”Soo… James I know weve talked about this before but pushing yourself so hard for something you hate is just so wrong. ” ”I understand respecting your fathers wishes but this is clearly going too far. The N.F.L is your fathers dream not yours. ” glancing up from his nearly finished burger James sighs. ”I know but hes my dad and has always been there for me. He has supported my passion for martial arts. Drove me to the dojo every day when I was little. He only had one request that I play some ball so it is what it is. I will tell him when I graduate that Im going pro and entering the octagon. He will be disappointed for sure but he will understand eventually… ” rema

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