Cheri is thrilled to have been chosen as a cheerleader for her favorite National Football League team. The youngest woman on the squad, her flexibility and energy cannot be matched by the more seasoned members. When a rookie player catches Cheri’s attention, the young woman cannot wait for the opportunity to be alone with him. When she is invited to a party the night of the season opener, Cheri is quick to accept, hoping that her dream rookie will be there. But the naïve young woman is unprepared for the jealousy of a fellow cheerleader, a woman who will stop at nothing to have whatever Cheri wants.
It was during the preseason that Cheri had met her dream man. It had happened without warning, completely unexpected one day during practice. The man was a rookie tight end and the first time that he had walked onto the field their eyes had locked. He had brushed against Cheri, nearly knocking her down. Instead of just rushing past her, he had stopped dead in his tracks and steadied her in his arms. Cheri had looked up into the kindest eyes she had ever seen. The new player was as big as a mountain and so was the kindness in his heart.
“I’m so sorry,” he had said.
The rookie’s smile was as big and bright as Cheri’s and since that first day the two of them had had an affair with their eyes. An occasional “Hi” was spoken, but the two of them had been too busy for anything more. The look in their eyes said more than words could ever convey.
At halftime of the season opener, just before the cheerleaders took to the field for their dazzling routine, Raquel, the bosomy brunette on the squad invited Cheri to a party that night after the game.
“Sure, I love parties.”
“You do understand that some of the players will be there, don’t you?”
Hearing hesitation in her voice, Raquel had been quick to assure the young cheerleader. “They will love you, Cheri,” she promised, placing added emphasis on the “Ch” and pronouncing it as in the word “cherry.”
Cheri smiled, and as they took the field Raquel turned her back to the young woman who she saw as her nemesis.