“Sarah had this rule about not talking shop over dinner. She told me before Jerry and Jean came over that I wasn’t to bring up basketball or the university. Even after thirteen years coaching together, Jerry and I mostly just talked about the team. I watched him cut up his steak. I couldn’t very well ask how things were going with Jean, because she was sitting right beside him, and I didn’t think that was what Sarah wanted anyway. It seemed to me Sarah wanted to pin the poor girl down and see inside her. She said it all the time: Jerry and Martha had twenty-four years of marriage, and he only mourned her for nine months.”

Click here to read the rest of “Team” by Nicholas Lepre in Burrow Press.


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