This week we’ll be finishing up the memory sequence started in Chapter 35, one that was designed to give you a better understanding of the pressures many closeted athletes experience and the compromises they make. It’s an example drawn from an earlier stage of Ethan’s career as a professional baseball player and only begins to scratch the surface of the balancing act he’s had to maintain for years.
But now everything has changed. Ethan’s been traded and promoted to the major leagues. He’s still very young and potentially has a long career in front of him. He’s playing on a much bigger stage in front of larger crowds in a major metropolitan community. There’s a lot more at stake for him. He’s signed his first professional contract. If he does well, even bigger paydays loom in his future.
As we’ll see in this and the following chapters, however, Ethan is far from happy. He’s paid a price to make it this far, but the pressures he’s under have been building for a very long time. What happens next is the subject of the rest of Part IV; and it’s important to keep in mind that everything that happens in this Part will take place in a very compressed time span, just a couple of weeks in September.
In any event, Chapter 37 is up. You can find it here. Have fun reading and let me know what you think.