My flash fiction piece, “Going Long” was selected as Editor’s Choice of the month in joyful!
When I was eight years old, I lost one of my childhood friends to Leukemia. I had moved from Cherry, Illinois to another town. Oglesby, Illinois halfway through second grade and it was after that when I found out that my friend had passed away.
What I remembered most about him was that in the first grade we hung out every day before school and during recess. Also, we were two of four students (maybe more) who were not Catholic and were asked to step outside while the other students, who were Catholic studied Catechism. That’s probably why we got so close.
That was the genesis for this story that takes place in Oglesby, Illinois where I lived from 1966-1976. The names of the places are actual places.
I wanted to write a story about a boy who really wasn’t that good in sports but had a friend who excelled in most sports and always looked out for his friend.
I am sure we have all had a friend like Larry in our lives who looked out for us.