The Bench (2)

person carrying black barbell

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Several youths surrounding another, lying along the red leather, sweat stained bench in an air of excitement and expectancy. A steel bar sits at arms length height, at his head. On either end, 25kgs, making sixty six kilos in all. The boy on the bench protests.

Sweating, cringing, shaking his head. The watching youths chant for him to ‘ Lift ! Lift !…’ Face contorting with effort, eyes shut, teeth bared, muscles straining – the weight slowly rises above his head…. He gasps, arms wobble, eyes bulge open, the weight wavers and drops !

A terrible metal clang, and his neck is crushed…

Author: Lucy

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