I despise Erik Winter. He's arrogant and cruel-a man I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy-and by some twisted turn of fate, he's my new Olympic gymnastics coach.
I've had to contend with gruff coaches in the past, but Erik is far worse. His stern demeanor complements a body built for intimidation, and his reprimands come from a mouth so cunning, I know it could strip me of my defenses-if I let it.
Though each of us would love to be rid of the other forever, we are bound to each other by need and necessity. I'm his rising star, his best shot at proving himself to his critics. And without a coach, I have zero chance of winning gold in Rio.
The easiest way forward would be to wave a white flag and make peace with the man I'll be sharing close quarters with for the foreseeable future, but he is intent on war.
Contains mature themes.
About the Author
Ryan Turner is a New York-based actor, composer, and producer. He earned his MFA in acting from NYU Tisch, and is a founding member of A-Frame, where he devises and scores the Brooklyn collective's immersive performances. Ryan has also recorded and produced over thirty albums, ranging in styles from metal to jazz to polka.
Noelle Bridges began her theater career in Seattle, Washington, before moving to Los Angeles to study theater and music. She is now a working actress and voice-over artist and has been featured in numerous animated series, video games, and national commercials.