Below you will find the results of my having challenged myself for a number of days to write a short story with a beginning and middle and an end inside of 30 minutes. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.
The Estes Kefauver High School Ravens Of The Eternal Mist had not won a game in eleven years. It’s likely their losing streak extended much further, but the team only started keeping score in 2003.
The Ravens Of The Eternal Mist were legendary – infamous? — in regional girls’ field hockey leagues for their deliberately confrontational behavior. Their uniforms were entirely black… except for their terrycloth sweatbands; those were blood red.
Every year, the team would vote on whether to print numbers on their jerseys or not. Invariably, some of the girls (usually the freshmen and sophomores) would vote ‘no’ – feeling that being reduced to a mere number was an affront to their individuality. The remaining team members felt that having their very names replaced by unfeeling numerical data was an appropriately Kafkaesque comment on the humiliating bleakness of society.
In a recent season, The Ravens Of The Eternal Mist elected to replace the numbers on their jerseys with a stark image of leather-clad Robert Mapplethorpe glowering in front of inverted pentagram.
The team started that year off in magnificent style, getting thrown off their own bus, en masse, before an away game at St. Louise of Savoy Girls’ for refusing to extinguish their cigarettes. A comparatively close contest against Nipsey Russell High was derailed after the presence of some dead birds on the side of the field distracted the young ladies. They were suspended from the Thundermist Invitational after co-captains Jocasta LaVey-Camus and Hayley Tupper allegedly placed a curse on their first-heat opponents.
The Ravens Of The Eternal Mist’s annual fundraiser, Hell Comes To Your House, takes place April 3rd, 4th and 5th. Moneys will put towards purchase of equipment, liquid eyeliner and wine.