The Great One
Posted by: Mark Nichols
18 Nov 2006
There was always a suspicion about the lion's head hanging on the wall at city hall. No one in the whole town of Turksville thought that it would ever use its "precious power", until they saw the big change in Billy Evans.
It was a gloomy Saturday afternoon when Pete Thomas came up to Billy.
"Do ya want to come to Baseball practice, we need a few more players anyway?"
Billy had to think about this. He knew that Pete really didn't want him on the team because he wasn't good at anything, not even Spelling. I don't know how he got up the guts to do it, but he finally said, "Yes."
At practice each person had to go up to bat and hit the ball five times before he went to the field and helped them get the balls.
It finally came, Billy's turn up at bat. The pitcher, Bud "the Spud" Thomas, threw a fast ball down the center, "CRACK!" The ball goes flying into center field.
The next four pitches were all hit into outfield, with the exception of the ball that went over the fence.
"I don't believe it!" yelled the coach. "You're good!"
At the next four practices, Billy did the same thing. "CRACK! CRACK! CRACK! CRACK! CRACK!" All into the outfield. Soon all the players even had a nickname for him, "Crack" Evans.
A couple days later, Billy and his parents visited City Hall. It was July 4 so City Hall had a special presentation. If you needed a guide, you'd have to go up to the desk and ask for one. Then he would show you around. Billy's parents asked for a guide because they didn't know their way around. On the way around, Billy stopped the guide.
"What's this thing?" he asked.
"It's a lion's head from Kim Fam Bou. It's said to have magical, mystical powers, but no one believes it," said the guide.
Just at that instant, Bill saw a flash from the lion's eyes that was green, blue, yellow, and mostly red. From that point on, Billy never had a doubt in his mind about the lion's powers.
He had never known the name of the team until now, when he got his uniform and was playing at the first real game. It was The Turksville Tikes. It was a pretty good team with usually a record of about 10-5.
Bill was first up to bat, and when the first ball came to him, it was cracked into the outfield - double. After that, Bill went on to score 3 runs. At the end of the game, Bill had racked up 3 runs, 3 doubles, and the Tikes won, 5 to 2.
Late at night, when Bill was sleeping, he had a dream. The lion head from City Hall had appeared. It started saying something.
"Billy," it said slowly.
Billy answered in his sleep, "What do you want?"
"I want to tell you that you are the chosen one. Every 100 years, I pick a child who is not very gifted and make him gifted. You are the one I have chosen. That's why you are doing good in baseball, and if you haven't noticed, you're grades in school have gone up," said the lion quietly. "I want you to do me a favor. I want you to tell no one about this dream, or that you're the chosen one, okay?"
"Okay," Billy said.
When Bill woke up, the first thing he remembered was his dream.
"I am the chosen one," he thought.
Later that month there was a baseball game. They were playing The Giants in the championship game. Their record was 11-4 and the Turksville Tikes were only 9-6. It looked like the Tikes were going to lose, until Bill got up to bat. It was the bottom of the 6th, two men on, 3 balls and 2 strikes, and the Tikes were down by three. All of a sudden, there was a CRACK! The ball had been hit over the fence. The Tikes had one the Championship Game for their first time ever!
Later that night when Billy had gotten the newspaper, he dashed through the sports page. In big black print was an article just about Billy. It was titled, "The Great One". For the first time in Billy's life, he had actually been good at something.