not," Robin said. "Nobody has ever been as scared as I am."
scared the first time. I was so nervous I threw up the first time I
things like that," Robin pleaded.
chicken," said cool Cindy, the jumper, who was just along for the ride and
whose competitive nature was chafed by her spectator's role. "Any of you
want to quit I'll take your place."
Now, in other
parts of the world Chambersburg, Pa. (pop. 18,000) is seldom thought of as a
metropolis, but if you come from Fairfield it is Big Town. If silence can grow
more silent, that is what happened as we progressed through the suburbs. There
were a few gaspy asthmatic sighs and chokes, but nobody made a voluntary peep
until we reached Chambersburg High School, where the relays were being held.
The school is about normal size for a city institution, which makes it roughly
five times as large as Fairfield, which each year has a graduating class of 40
gosh," said Linda, who for once was not laughing. "I'm getting cold all
We parked behind
the grandstand, and some of the girls slowly disembarked. Robin sat huddled in
the corner seat, her teeth literally chattering, a look of piteous terror on
" Mr. Gilbert,
I can't do it. Please take me home."
go," shrugged Cindy. "I can do it."
Cindy," four of us ordered.