100-Word Fiction: ‘Captain’

You’ll be the away team captain this week, the teacher shouted.

Nick stepped out of the line-up and turned to face the other boys. He started to shake. Choose goalies first, then a good striker, then a midfielder – defenders last.

Finally only two boys remained to be picked. One was a big scowling lad who towered over the rest and bullied people. The other was a bighead but he could make things bad for you, real bad.

Nick looked at each. He had a lump in his throat. Oh but how could he choose? He wanted to go home.

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