For this one, you must coach a newbie into winning a bizare race.
MUD RACE (any gender, mid twenties through late life)
Thirty laps. That's all it takes. And you only have two competitors-- listen carefully-- they're going to call you to your mark in about five minutes. You have only two competitors. One is strong but arrogant. He's the nephew of the Emperor. One is clever but uninspired. She's the top scholar in the university towers.
You can beat them. You must beat them. It is your destiny. As a person from another dimension, you will carry the elements to win this race and then win the battle with the Emperor. I'm glad I found you. I know this isn't easy. But-- alright-- here's what I can tell you about the race.
The track gives way to several mud-runs. The gunk is about three feet deep. The trick is for you to TRANSITION into the mud run. Just take a breath and slow yourself down... go through the transition gracefully, go through the mud gracefully, go out of the mud and onto the track slowly but steadily. Don't be arrogant and try to power through the mud. Don't be clever and analize the physics of the mud with each step.
You'll be tired by the race but-- listen --but you can do this.
Look: I know you didn't ask to be woken up in another world. But since you're here, can you make the best of it you can? Can you save it? And get some... excercise?
Copyright 2016 by Matt Haynes.
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