Adopted #4 - Comeback
The next day, Luke and Jake drove to the team base. Jake was thrilled to see all the new sights and sounds, and he couldn't wait to watch Luke play. "Wow Jake, you look so excited! You can wait outside while I change in the locker room," Luke said, as they getting out of the car. Jake nodded.
Luke was greeted by his old teammate Lloris, who introduced him to the new coach. "Hey Luke, this is our new coach, John." the coach looked at Luke with a mixture of boredom and disinterest, sizing him up as an old, weak player who needed glasses to see.
"What are you doing here?" the coach asked, his voice laced with disbelieve. "You're old, out of shape, and you can barely see the ball," then he forced Luke to take his glasses off, and start seeing far things.
Luke felt a surge of anger and frustration at the coach's command. Luke said "Ayo dude relax, I need my glasses to see." He knew that he had worked hard to get to where he was, and he wasn't about to let the coach's negativity bring him down.
"I may be older and a little slower than I used to be," he said, his voice firm. "But your team has invited me, and I've still got the skills and the drive to win. I know I can help this team succeed, if you'll give me the chance. So, let me use my glasses so I can see properly."
The coach looked at Luke with a skeptical expression, but he knew that he couldn't afford to turn down a player of Luke's caliber. With a sigh, he reluctantly agreed to give Luke a chance to prove himself on the field.
Jake watched him exercise and train with the team. Despite his best efforts, Luke struggled to keep up with the pace of the game and he began to feel like he was holding his teammates back. "Oh my god I'm so bad" he said to himself.
The other players could see that Luke was struggling, and they did their best to hide his weaknesses and protect him from the coach's criticism. They didn't want to see Luke get benched or kicked off the team, and they knew that he still had something special to offer.
But Coach John wasn't so forgiving. He watched Luke with a critical eye, frowning whenever he made a mistake or fell behind. He wanted a team full of young, strong players, and he wasn't sure if Luke fit into his vision.
Weeks passed, and Coach John still hadn't been convinced by Luke's skills and determination. He relegated Luke to the substitute player group, putting him on the bench for most of the games.
Luke's teammates were frustrated by this decision, and they knew that they had to do something to get Luke back on the field. So, they came up with a plan: they faked an injury for one of the key players, forcing Coach John to put Luke in the starting lineup.
At first, Coach John was furious at the ruse, but he knew that he had no choice but to put Luke in the game. As the game began, Luke felt a surge of nervous energy, knowing that this was his chance to prove himself.
Despite his age and his glasses, Luke proved to be a formidable player on the field. He moved with grace and speed, dodging past defenders and scoring crucial goals for the team. His teammates cheered him on, and soon the crowd was on its feet, chanting his name.
As the final whistle blew, Luke's teammates lifted him up in celebration, knowing that he had proved them all wrong. Coach John grudgingly admitted that Luke was still a valuable player, and he vowed to give him more playing time in the future.
And with that, Luke's journey back to professional football reached its triumphant conclusion, as he proved that age and adversity could be overcome with hard work, dedication, and the support of those around him.
How long he will continue to play? He knew that he had already neglected Jake by putting his time to exercised on field. What decision he eventually made?
to be continued