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PostSubject: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:45 pm

He breathed. The dirt seemed to explode off his cleats with each step, sticking to the ball as he spun it mindlessly in his hand. He squinted. He breathed again. His lungs inflamed with the taste of waxy sugar on his tongue, mingling with the afternoon dust. He pretended it was tobacco, the plate a spectacle of thousands, he a spectacle of thousands. He wound up, and in a string of motions, of muscles moving, he cannoned the ball towards the backdrop. It dropped and exploded against the fence, uncaught.

"Where are you from, again?" The older man wore a thick jacket, an M on the breast. In his hands were papers, his body half-turned to the parking lot, though his foot tapped without advancement, his eyes glancing to and fro with no commitment to either. He licked his chapped lips. He had to be at least 45.

"Suburban school."

"Well, Suburbs, you've peaked my interest." The man shuffled through his papers, stumbling to catch a few that slipped out of his grip, and found one slip--a small slip, a card at that. He  left it on the metallic bench, at the edge of the field where he stood, tapping it with his fingers. "This address, Monday. If you're good enough, you'll gave no problem making the team."

He turned and left.

Connie waited until the man reached his car, until a gust of wind almost blew it away before tucking his glove under his arm and walking to retrieve the card. Sure enough, the address to Minot Public High School was written out on the paper, somewhat sloppily, pencilled on and ripped from a larger body. The freyed lines at the edge of the paper threatened to cut into the words 'athletic department.'

He looked up to the high sun and rubbed dirt further across his face.

Pocketing the card into his basketball shorts, he stiffened at the sudden lick of cold air, the frost that had begun to nip at the hairs on his legs. On the bench was his coat, damp with winter. Connie shivered as he pulled it over his arms. His body heat would do the work in time.

Silently, the boy pulled down his Padres cap. He went to retrieve the balls he had thrown, which had littered the dirt in front of home plate. Children walked up the sidewalk beside the field, chatting to themselves on the way home from school.

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:11 pm

Piper had found herself in the good sized city of Minot, shopping at one of the malls around. After a few hours (and after buying a few new outfits) she decided that a good walk would do her some good. So she set off from the mall and headed around, not really paying attention to where she went. She carried in her arms a couple good sized bags, both filled with a bunch of clothes, a couple of books, and a bottle of new perfume she wanted to try. Sometime while wondering the city she ended up passing by one of the high schools, noticing that school had just gotten out for them. Piper looked around and noticed on the other side of the road from her was a kid and who was presumably the coach on the baseball diamond. The kid, however, looked slightly familiar. Had she seen him at the mall? No, that wasn't it. The only kids she saw were kids too young to be in preschool even. Then why did she feel like she's seen him before?

The Winter walked across the street, avoiding as many kids as she could. It was hard, seeing as she was short enough to blend in to a crowd without being seen. She watched as the coach dude drove off in his car and the kid smear dirt all over his face. He went over to pick something up but then retrieved the baseballs that he had been throwing. Well, if she was going to figure out who this kid was, now was the chance. Avoiding the kids on the other sidewalk, she moved closer to the fence. "Hey, that was some nice pitching," she said, trying to break the ice.

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:21 pm

Connie wasn't sure the girl was talking to him at first. In the cacophony of voices that swirled around the field as more kids passed, hers was just an ember in a firestorm. Of course, when the boy straightened up, cracking his back and examining one of the eggshell-colored balls that he had taken into his grasp, he saw her in the corner of his vision. He turned. The baseball cap shadowed his eyes enough to block out the waning sun, to make her out a silhouette. The boy squinted. He rotated a bal in his hands, tucking the others into the crease of his arm.

"Thanks," was all he said. What more was there to say? His voice ached with wisps of Texas, faded and juvenile, like words of a ancestral language fostered by a long-emigrated child. His eyes ached and his head hummed with an unmaterialized sweat. It was hot, but red hot, dry hot. The worst kind of hot.

He picked up his last ball, and gathered his pile together, making his way to where his bag sit against the metal bleacher.

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:52 pm

Piper followed the boy from the other side of the fence. Even as she had gotten closer, she still couldn't put a finger on how she felt like she knew this boy. "Do you go here? I can't help but feel like I've seen you around before," she said. Her face immediately turned red. "O-oh. I bet that sounded weird." She laughed nervously and silently cursed. Of course she'd go and say something weird like that. It was almost as bad as if she had gone up to him and said "Hey I know you but I don't. Who are you and where do you live?"

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:56 pm

So she was still there. Connie had no recollection of seeing the girl. It bugged him more that she was still standing there more than her face did his memory. He slipped the balls into his bag, each one plunking to the bottom and off each other, and he threw the strap over his shoulder, giving her a stony look. The shiny white of his Padres cap glistened in a certain reflection of the light. "No," he said, figuring that she did. "I go to some suburban school. You've probably never heard of it, it's an hour away."

He crossed the fence, and began to walk down the path, back towards the train station.

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:19 pm

She was about to respond but he started walking off towards the same direction that she needed to go. Well, this might be awkward. She turned and decided to catch up with him, readjusting the shopping bags on her shoulders. "Oh yeah me too. I was actually heading to the train station myself. My school's about an hour away like yours," she replied, completely unsure as to why she kept trying to talk to this untalkative boy.

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:28 pm

About an hour away? Great. "Do you go to Beata, by any chance?" The question was spoiled like milk, dry and rotten. His pa always spoke at lengths about annoying women in his office when he was in San Diego, about how 'Laura in accounting always talked about her daughter' or how 'Diane was Jewish and had the most annoying accent.' This girl seemed to fit in well with those anecdotes. Nevertheless, it was something that had to be put on the table. It would come up eventually.

The balls in his backpack hopped uncomfortably along his spine, the hat doing a poor job blocking the hot sun. Wasn't North Dakota supposed to be cold? He walked faster, hoping to somehow teleport to the train station.

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:53 am

That's when it all clicked. He went to Beata. She nodded in response. "That must be where I've seen you. We must've passed in halls once or twice," the Winter said, continuing to walk along beside the boy despite him speeding up. She was short, but she could move at a fast pace. Piper thought the boy was pretty rude, but she was lacking in the friends department so she was slightly desperate for someone to give her the time of day. Her cell phone got terrible reception so not even her friends back home could text her, which she thought was lame. For a school dedicated to teaching teenagers, they aren't really up-to-date in terms of technology. "Did anything else drag you out here or did you just come to practice baseball?" she asked. "You do know that the school has a baseball diamond too, right?"

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:48 pm

"And no team," Connie bit. Stupid, stupid girls. He did not look at her as he talked, focusing on the sidewalk and the streets they crossed, the cars that waited as he took his time crossing the asphalt, baseballs bouncing in the pack he slung over his shoulder. "I need to join a team if I want to get drafted. And I need to get drafted if I want to become a Padre." He tugged at his cap, the white of the SD blending orange in the wick of the sun. "I came for a try out."

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:28 pm

He had a point. There wasn't really a team at Beata, which made Piper question why they had a diamond in the first place. She shrugged that off and listened as the boy spoke about why he was at the public school's diamond. She had to hand it to him; he had ambition. Although it did seem a little far fetched in her opinion. Not that she would ever tell him that. "You seem to have everything figured out," she replied as they crossed the street. "I wish I had things figured out." They continued to walk in silence for a bit before Piper spoke up again. The silence between them drove her crazy. "Anyways, my name's Piper, in case you were wondering."

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:58 pm

"I wasn't," he replied. He made no mention of his own name, shoving his hands in his pockets, the train station prevailing ahead of them. He made sure to speed up across the street, not for safety but to bridge a gap between him and the girl. It was what allowed him to arrive first at the small outpost, the train station pavilion a cherry-red wooden structure with an electronic sign hung from the roof. And on this electric sign, green characters clashed with red. "Suburban Line, Late, 2 hours."

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:52 pm

By now Piper was beginning to get frustrated by the boy's lack of response and let him get ahead of her. 'Whatever,' she thought. 'If he wants to be like that then let him.' But then she noticed the train's delay and smirked, walking slowly up to the boy. "Oh no, looks like we've got another two hours in this city. What're we gonna do?" she said sarcastically, the smirk maintaining on her face the whole time. Sweet revenge. Maybe now he won't be so icy towards her.

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:23 pm

"Wait." Connie sat down on the wooden bench of the station, pressing his head against the map of North Dakota, a dusty and yellowed map fogged by a plastic, graffiti'd barrier. How annoying was this girl if she expected him to go with her? The only thing they had in common was their school and age, nothing else. The boy pulled down the bill of his cap over his black hair, the shadow on his face growing in the silhouette of the late sun. He closed his eyes to the girl without another word.

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PostSubject: Re: Tryouts and a Day in Minot [wild/jay] [clopen, pm jay and beg for his mercy to let you join]   Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:33 pm

This boy was getting on Piper's nerves. At first she was trying to be nice because she was that sort of person. But now she was irritated and wasn't really thinking before she spoke anymore. "Do you know what being friendly is? Or is your default state at 'Moody Teen'?" she said in an irritated voice. She was just trying to be nice and to pass the time while they walked. It wasn't as if she was asking for his social security number or anything. Just some nice and friendly conversation. Besides, she was lacking in the friend department just like the boy was, or so she assumed he was.

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