"You weren't interrupting. You're a big part of my life now, Tina; I want you around all the time. In fact, I've even figured out a way you can come to all the games." He smiled.

I always managed to make the in town games, but the out of town were some times a problem, since Michael rode the bus with the team. It depended on if Mama needed the car that night.

"What have you figured out?" I asked sure he couldn't help.

"Join the cheerleading team…." He said and stared into my eyes.

"The cheerleading team? Are you kidding?" I couldn't believe he suggested such a thing.

"Sure, you'd be great, anyone that good on skates has to be in the best of shape, and then you could come to all the games on the other bus." Michael smiled down at me.

I'd never even considered it. My heart leapt a little at the thought. My skating kept me in great shape and I didn't have to worry about doing the routine. Still there was a lot to consider when joining a team. Could my family afford it? Would the other girls accept me?

"I don't know…are they still having try outs?" I asked hesitantly.

"Yes, and you'd be great."

"I don't know, Michael, I'd have to talk it over with Mama, doesn't the parent have to participate too, to some degree?"

Michael nodded, "Yeah, but I've got an idea about that too."

"Where do you come up with all these ideas?" I laughed.

"I want you there, this is a way. And I'll even talk to your mom about it, if you want me to." Michael suggested.

"Do you think I'd be any good at it?" I asked with a nervous twinge.

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