The Beautiful Game?

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Photo by Dermot Carlin

She’s put out the snacks and brought his beer, chilled, in his special glass (one of them). More beers are in the fridge; she has a pie ready to warm for half-time – steak and kidney – his preferred.

Pre-match build up: pundits pontificate; re-runs, highlights, triumphs and near misses. There is success and then there is shame. Which will it be today? National Pride is at stake, for this is the World Cup.

As she sits, small and submissive on the far end of the couch, she plays a different commentary in her head. Missed penalties, own goals, bad decisions by the ref. The repercussions: cuts and bruises (hers); failure on the field reflected in domestic disappointment.

Predictions are favourable. The odds of a positive outcome are weighed in favour. She weighs up her own odds: win or draw 20 per cent, lose 50 per cent (the chances of a beating).

©2018 Chris Hall

Incidents of domestic violence rise significantly during the World Cup

6 thoughts on “The Beautiful Game?

  1. You lured me in with that peaceful opening paragraph. Ugh, what an awful scenario, though fantastically written. Really powerful story, and all the more so considering the news report you linked.

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