Annie stared back at Coach Dan. An analog clock on the wall clicked several times.
“Coach, right now I’m more interested in a different variable — Double-J’s ‘history’ with his coach.”
The sound of Coach Dan’s laughter punctuated the tension in the room. “A very nice riposte, my friend.”
Annie stood up abruptly. “Coach, this isn’t a duel. I can only be captain if I’m working with you, not against you. And I think the only way we’re going to keep Double-J on this team, is if we work together. I just — ”
The door to the teacher’s lounge opened. Teresa Wang, science teacher, walked in quickly, stopped short upon seeing Annie. Coach Dan morphed back into Mr. Jacobs, English teacher, We’re just finishing up here, Oh that’s quite alright Daniel, You’re here early Annie, Hello Mrs. Wang.
Teresa walked past Annie, towards the vending machines at the rear of the room. Annie turned towards the door, was stopped by Coach Dan’s hand on her elbow.
“Can’t let you leave without breakfast.” He held up a paper plate with an untoasted bagel.
Annie looked down at the bagel, felt her mouth water. Smiling, she looked up at her coach. “Got any peanut butter?”
End of fourth coaching session