|Hickory (standard:fantasy, 1462 words)|
|Author: Alpha43||Added: Apr 10 2005||Views/Reads: 1733/988||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Hickory, a one time near champion boxer is fighting for his life and not fairing too well right now, trying to outlast a younger and faster opponent, all the while thinking about his critically ill daughter, who is bedridden, hospitalized in intensive car|
Hickory “Hickory! Hickory, listen to me. Let me throw in the towel! Do you really want to go another round with this kid? Stop before both eyes swell shut.” “I’m gonna kill this guy!” Said a battered and exhausted Hickory Miller. “Yeah, right, you look like your killing him, he isn’t even breathing hard. Come on Hickory, give it up before you suffer some serious damage.” I’ll get him, just give me some time! “Time you haven’t got.” Said the cut man; “He’s slipped everything you’ve thrown for six rounds. You’ve got four rounds, 12 minutes to make your big move and I just don’t see it happening, but go right ahead, have it your way.” “15 seconds!” the timekeeper yelled. “What have you heard from Sandy?” “I told you, No news is Good news.” “Keep your mind on the fight, get that left arm out, stuff that glove in his face, and move a little, have you got rocks in your shoes?” Said Bugsy Bates as he lifted the stool over the ropes. - - - BONG “Well Radio fight fans, Hickory Miller came out for the seventh, a little slow, but he’s out there and Bayou Barns has a big smile on his face. Oh! Barns just sent a solid left to Hickory’s mid-section followed by two quick straight rights to the kidneys. John, were you surprised to see Hickory continue the fight?” “Dale, Hickory has taken a heck of a beating, but he has never stopped a fight yet when he had any choice. God, Hickory just took a left in the ear that would have sent most men to their knees. This veteran of 126 bouts has always given the crowd their moneys worth and he; Hey! Hickory just got a good jab in there, I wish he would have hung the gloves up two years ago. He had a splendid record and he could have went out in his prime.” “We all know about the very unpopular split decision that cost Hickory a chance at the title and I for one thought he got robbed. That disputed loss seemed to take something out of Hickory and he just hasn’t been the same. It’s been nothing but bad luck since then, in the ring and out.” “I agree about the poor judging. I had Hickory well ahead of San Padres on my card, but we don’t count when they add up those cards at the final bell. “Folks, John and I both send our best to Sandra Miller, Hickory’s daughter, who has been mounting a mighty battle against an internal cancer.” “Right Dale, Go get em Sandy! “I think Hickory is blocking most of these shots, he’s not letting many of them land right now.” “Well a few are hitting the mark and they add up to points and I just don’t see Hickory coming out of this on top! Well, he just threw an uppercut that made Barns move back a couple of steps. He’s got spirit if nothing else.” At ringside, an usher handed the cornermen a note, “Hey guys, this just came from up stairs. You’ll want to keep it from Hickory until after the last round.” “Mr. Miller – Your daughter is asking for you and the physician suggests Click here to read the rest of this story (119 more lines)
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