Bart was supposed to be a star! Scratch that – a superstar!
Coach used to claim that Bart’s mother had somehow mated with a sailfish to produce him. That nickname stuck. He was that quick. Once, he lapped the person who finished second in the 1500m freestyle – thrice. The guy who lost wept openly due to the humiliation.
He’s the world champion now, with golds in Olympics.
Bart is confined to a wheelchair these days. A freak mishap in the pool had rendered him quadriplegic.
Sometimes, I’ve seen him stare into the pool. I don’t know whether its love or hate.
Written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. Please add your stories and read others here.