Passionate, or Obsessional Bully?

Photo Prompt © Priya Bajpal

Miss Devine could sense waves of unease flowing from Ella who was fidgeting amid the group of girls stamping their feet, shoulders hunched, arms wrapped around their adolescent bodies attempting to combat the freezing air. She wished there was another way to sort the hockey team members rather than by shirt colour.  She wouldn’t prolong her discomfort.  Ella’s father’s passion for Liverpool Football Club and his antipathy to Everton and all things blue was well-known but the rumoured abuse of his daughter if she dared to wear blue clothing was deeply worrying. 

 “Ella, you’re playing for greens against the yellows.”

Word Count:100

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.

70 thoughts on “Passionate, or Obsessional Bully?

  1. Abhijit Ray says:

    Ella’s problem solved on jersey front. She will be wearing green. It is unfair to limit a girl’s options because of her father’s likes and dislikes.

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  2. Frankie Perussault says:

    Bully is the right word and how to deal with it. In a few words you’ve ‘approached’ a huge problem. Although uniforms for hockey teams is a cultural problem and reads very american to me, bullying is a worldwide problem in every culture. Very good take. Thanks.

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  3. Anna Rymer says:

    I know a few of those kind of
    Father’s living on the Wirral and raising two scousers of my own 😊
    Thank fully my fella is a reds supporter but drives a blue car so isn’t drawn to such nonsense!
    Crazy behaviour! Nicely done 😊

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  4. Margaret says:

    I can just see those poor kids out there in the cold, you describe them so well. Poor Ella. It usually doesn’t take much more than wearing the wrong colour to trigger abuse from such people. Very convincing story. And three cheers for Miss Devine.

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  5. StuHN says:

    I’ve known true sport team fanatics and was puzzled by their utter hatred of an opposing team. Colors is taking it a bit over the line, but it’s believable. Poor kid. Hopefully her later life, sans dad, will be in all shades of blue.

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  6. The Reclining Gentleman says:

    Nicely told Clare. As a football fan I was smiling along as I understand the passionate dislike of certain colours! But then your reveal of Ella’s horrific home life gives the story a very much darker tone. I hope Miss Devine is able to intervene in more than just the hockey team selection


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