The Never Hero by T. Ellery Hodges

The Never Hero by T. Ellery Hodges

Author:T. Ellery Hodges [Hodges, T. Ellery]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Amazon: B00NK1GLM2
Goodreads: 24957953
Publisher: Foggy Night Publishing, LLC
Published: 2014-09-11T17:00:00+00:00

“Still not breaking on this then, Tibbs?” Lincoln said.

He wasn’t referring to the fact that another week had gone by and Jonathan was still at the gym. He was past any suspicions that his client would get lazy on him. It was that they’d spent over twenty hours together getting Jonathan in shape, and he still had not said why. Jonathan didn’t mind that the man asked. He seemed to genuinely want to know for professional reasons, to improve on the training plan.

From time to time, Jonathan dropped clues out of necessity. Like that he was looking to improve his balance or his punching strength. It was safe to assume that Lincoln would come to the conclusion that Jonathan was bat shit crazy well before he would believe that he was training for an inter-dimensional show down with a super-powered monster. Suffice to say, even though Lincoln had begun to assume he was using the training for something connected to martial arts or fighting, it didn’t explain the secretive nature of it.

Today Jonathan decided to reverse the third degree.

“How about you?” Jonathan asked. “What makes you need to be in such good shape all the time? I mean, I’m assuming that the working out led to becoming a trainer and not the other way around.”

“It’s a little embarrassing,” Lincoln responded.

“Yeah? Well now I’m all ears,” Jonathan said.

Lincoln seemed caught off guard as Jonathan seldom lost focus during their training sessions. He usually was as serious as a machine, squeezing every dollar he’d paid out of the session. The trainer had actually found that part of their relationship relieving as he wasn’t forced to promote himself along with the training. Jonathan wasn’t paying for a coach or a buddy to keep him motivated; he was paying for experience.

“Well, believe it or not, I actually have a degree in theater,” Lincoln replied cautiously. “Originally, I wanted to be on the WWE.”

Jonathan set down the kettle bell he’d been hefting. It was like getting the last piece of a puzzle he hadn’t realized he’d been putting together. Lincoln suddenly made sense to him.

“I could see you doing that,” Jonathan said.

He was partly being polite. He knew little about wrestling other than the few glimpses he’d caught accidentally over the years. Mostly he’d just seen giant men taunting each other with a microphone. He could see Lincoln pulling that off, especially after seeing how comfortable he’d been messing with the two teenage twerps the day he had first come to the gym.

“Originally the plan was to graduate with a theater degree, bulk up, and become a pro wrestler. Along the way I picked up so much about body building that I fell into personal training,” Lincoln explained.

“I can only imagine how difficult it would be to break into the WWE, probably as hard as getting any acting gig?” Jonathan said.

“It’s like any idea you have when you’re young. You go get a degree, you get the look, and you expect that someone will just show up on your doorstep and discover you.


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