“What am I going to do now?” Molly whispered, not trusting herself to speak louder for fear of breaking into tears.
“Molly, I’m really proud of you. You did amazing.” Coach Josie tried in vain to console the distraught Molly.
“Molly! It wasn’t your fault!” Jasmine gasped breathlessly.
“What do you mean?” Molly choked out, trying to blink back alligator tears.
“What are you talking about, Jaz?” Coach Josie asked, confused.
“We have to get one of the judges before they leave!” Jasmine ignored coach Josie, her eyes frantically darting about the room in search of a judge. She twirled around in a circles, looking about the room and making herself dizzy until she found one.
“Ugh,” the judge was groaning to her friend. “Honestly, I can’t wait to get home and get to bed. As soon as everyone leaves I’m out of here. I’ve had such a long day, it’s getting late and I’m coming down a cold.”
“That’s awful. Maybe your boss will give you a break until you get better.” Her friend suggested.
“Ha, her? She used to be in the military. Of course she’s not gonna-“
The judge looked like she was just about ready to punch somebody, but she grit her teeth and forced a smile. “Yes?“
“Someone cheated! I have proof! The third medal was won by dishonest means! You have to do something!” Jasmine ranted.
Just what I need right now, the judge mused sarcastically. “Are you sure?” She asked hopefully. “Accusing someone of cheating is a very serious thing.”
“Huh?!” A startled Jasmine gasped with eyes as wide as saucers.
“There she is, Miss Amy!”
“What are you talking about?” An infuriated Demetria demanded.
“Oh like you don’t know,” Jasmine’s voice dropped to a threatening whisper. “You’re such a liar, Demetria. Such a cheater.”
“I have no idea what you mean by that allegation,” Demetria returned coolly. “How could you ever suspect such a thing without any proof? It’s true I’ve grown more competitive over the past year, but I would never-“
Demetria’s jaw dropped. She looked hurt and offended. “But I didn’t cheat!”
“Just hand the medal over,” Miss Amy demanded again with sharp eyes. “We’ll look more into this whole cheating business.”
“WHAT?!” Chorused Coach Josie, Molly, and Jasmine all at the same time.
“See? Told you! I only went in the sound booth to make sure my music was good! I would never cheat!” Demetria stated to Jasmine.
“Exactly. And remember when I handed you your bag earlier today, Molly? I broke your grips and put them in there. That’s why they didn’t fit right.”
Knowing that her best friend did those things not only to her but also to Jasmine felt even worse than not making it to the Dollympic Team Trials.
“Why would you do something like that?” Molly asked, not caring about the tears that streamed down.
“I’m sorry,” Emelie mumbled, forcing herself to look into Molly’s eyes. “I was jealous. You and Jasmine are always so good at everything, and no matter what I do I can never be as good as you. But it was wrong. And I’m sorry.”
“Well, girls, good news.” Miss Amy came back on the scene after leaving unnoticed. “The other judges just notified me that Roxanne Moore resigned. I believe she said something about gymnastics not being her dream anymore. Mae Parker is first place now.”
“But I didn’t cheat!” Demetria desperately objected again.
“Just hand it over.”
Reluctantly, Demetria slipped the medal off and handed it to Miss Amy.
Molly’s jaw dropped. She could hardly believe it!
“Yes! Thank you, Miss Amy!” Coach Josie laughed.
“Look, I am SO sorry-“
“Thanks,” Jasmine sighed with relief.
Molly smiled. All seemed right with the world… Hey, where did Emelie go?
Emelie kept speed walking back to the bleachers, sniffling.
“I’m such a terrible person! I don’t know what came over me!” Emelie cried, blinking back her own tears.
“It’s okay. I forgive you, honest!”
“What a lousy best friend I’ve been… I’ve kept Jasmine from her dream and almost you from yours simply because of my own selfish jealousy! I am such a horrible person! I understand if you never want to speak to me again and surely you don’t want me as your best friend or even a friend at all!” Emelie began to rant and was about to begin to cry.
Emelie looked up hopefully. “Really?”
Jasmine’s eyes flashed with hurt. Emelie bit her lip, knowing this conversation would be hard.
“Hey Molly! Let’s take our pictures together!” Demetria called.
“Coming!” Molly called back, leaving Emelie and Jaz to talk.
“Ready?” Demetria asked with a smile.
Molly grinned, facing the camera. She was so excited to be on a team with Demetria and Mae, training for the Dollympic Team Trials next year.
Molly had trusted God, and everything worked out for her good. And she knew something great was bound to be in store for Jasmine.
What a perfect ending to a perfect day.
Romans 8:28 (NLT)
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
The end!! I can’t believe it’s over! LOL!
What did you think of the series? Did you see the plot twist coming? How well did you like the story and pictures overall?