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Bedside Cricket by Christopher Martin Jenkins

By Christopher Martin Jenkins

Christopher Martin-Jenkins is one among cricket’s so much sought-after audio system and his story-telling skill lighting fixtures up those cricketing thoughts.

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When I look at old pictures of my mom, I see a prettier version of Rita Hayworth. She had long chestnut hair and an hourglass figure. Even now there is no hint of the 12 children she bore. She used to wear pretty Doris Day-type gingham dresses and sandals on her feet. She still has an upper-class Long Island accent. She spent most of her day working on the books for Stampede Wrestling in one of the upstairs bedrooms converted into an office. When my parents met, she was a private secretary for the superintendent of the New York City School Board.

One morning, poor Alison was really nauseous. She was 10 years old, but still a tiny little thing. She was so sick that while digging her clothes out of the big industrial clothes dryer in the basement, she fell right inside and passed out. My dad came down searching for her. He told her to get her gaddamned head out of the dryer and get the upstairs and he made her go to school. When she got there she had to deal with her miserable teacher, who was particularly hard on her. She was a witch. She used to pull Alison's hair if she asked a question that had already been asked.

Frightened, his buddies backed off. Bret twisted Ken's arm up a little higher. " Now Ken was almost crying. "I'm sorry. " Bret's face grew dark. " Owen nodded. " Bret goosed-stepped Ken over to the Cadillac and pushed Ken down in front of the bug-covered headlights. "Kiss it," was all he said. Ken was almost passing out from the pain. " Bret twisted Ken's arm so high it looked like it would break. His voice was quiet. " "C'mon. " Ken pleaded. Bret made a quick, sharp move and I heard a terrible cracking noise accompanied by Ken's scream.

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