Larry's Invisible Ball Part II

Larry’s Invisible Ball Part IIByOscar ElizondoLarry played many happy games with his new friends and his new basketball. However, a month later he got very sick and had to spend a whole month in the hospital. He never told anyone about his illness. When he returned to his parent’s apartment he stared out from his window and saw some new faces. A group of boys and girls were busy playing a game of baseball.It was a game he had never played before and he felt excited about joining in. It was hard to put his shoes on and tie his laces, but once he did he was on his way. He asked the group, “Can I please play with you?” They let him join and his place was out in right field. When a fly ball was hit his way, he failed to catch it. The dropped ball cost his team to loose.While they were coming off the field a boy from his team spoke to him in a loud voice, “You cost us the game. You can’t catch, you can hardly hold the bat, or hit the ball for that matter. Heck, you don’t seem to run very well with those chicken legs of yours, you don’t know how to play the game either. It is better you don’t show up here again to play, we won’t let you in!”Larry was used to that kind of talk and so he just went on his way back home. The next day when he stared out from his window he watched them play another game of baseball. The big boy hit the ball so hard that it landed on the sidewalk by the street. Meanwhile, a boy from another neighborhood was walking by and picked up the ball before anyone from the teams could reach it. And just like that, he was gone in the blink of an eye.The dejected group stood under the shade of an elm tree that was located next to the vacant lot. Larry could see that they were not very happy about loosing the only baseball they had. As carefully as he could keep himself from hurting his fragile body he went down to the playground. He could hear another boy speaking angrily and saying, “You didn’t need to show off by hitting that ball so hard. We don’t have another one and we won’t be able to play anymore.”Larry felt sorry for him even though they had banned him from playing with them so he tried to draw their attention. He went to the playing field and headed straight to home plate. He stood where the umpire normally placed himself during a real game of baseball and shouted out, “Strike one, ball, ball two, strike two, ball three, okay, take your base.”After a while he shouted, “That’s the third out. It’s the top of the ninth and the score is still, zero to zero!” He reached in his pocket and pretended to take out a new ball and threw it to first base. Larry made an attempt to go after the pass ball from the imaginary first baseman.The big boy that had cost them their baseball to be stolen walked on over to where Larry was pointing to direct the imaginary first baseman to find the ball. The big kid also pretended to fetch the ball and threw it to Larry. He added, “Here’s your stupid air ball.”Larry pretended to fall back from the mighty throw and answered, " That’s a mighty strong throw, you ought to try pitching." He smiled and went to the mound and pretended to pitch with the invisible ball as Larry called the balls and strikes.Soon the rest of the group joined in and they played for hours taking turns pitching, fielding, batting and running to score some runs. The ninth inning never ended and the score was tied at 100 to 100 when the lack of sunlight made it hard to continue. Larry the umpire called it a game and invited them to his house for peanut butter sandwiches and fresh orange juice.They ate and drank while they played indoor games. Before they all left one of the little girls looked at the shelve where Larry had all his toys and said, “Why don’t you bring that new baseball tomorrow and we’ll all play another game of baseball? You can be the umpire again.”

Part Three Will Be Out Soon
Copyright © August 24, 2008 2:17 PM Oscarelizondo

Larry's Invisible Ball Part II

oscarelizondo

Harlingen, United States

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This is part two of a children’s story, and Larry continues to have problems making friends. However, his invisible ball helps him as his sickess is making him less able to join in.

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