STORY CUBE CHALLENGE #6 – MIXED BAG – APRIL 1, 2018
The crowd of spectators go crazy as the undefeated técnico luchadore “The Rat” steps over and squeezes through the ropes surrounding the Lucha Libre wrestling ring. Flexing his sinuous muscles he struts around the mat, twirling his red silk cape while showing off his menacing red mask to his fans.
The screams reach a fever pitch as the supporters of the rudo luchadore “The Spotted One”, their rule breaking hero, steps into the arena and they start to chant his name.
The sports fans work themselves into a deafening frenzy trying to outdo each other. The rule-supporters shouting Rata, Rata Viva Rata and the rule-breakers yelling “Moteado Uno”.
The referee hammers the bell. The Rat and The Spotted One slowly circle each other, arms out knees bent, side step, side step as they eye each other, building the tension for their fans. Suddenly The Spotted One lunges at The Rat in an attempt to punch him in the groin. Instantly the arena erupts into chaos. Rat supporters calling for disqualification as the rest of the spectators cry out in triumph. The match has begun.
Even though everyone knows the outcome, who will be awarded the trophy, the wave of hysteria emanating from the spectators urges the luchadores to perform more intricate, and difficult acrobatics. Employing high flying maneuvers meant to amaze them. Five minutes into the performance, The Rat catapults off the ropes flying through the air toward The Spotted One. His eyes open wide as he realizes he miscalculated his trajectory and misses his target. Smashing into the mat he flips over, rocks back and forth a couple of times and is still. The Spotted One rushes to his side as the referee interrupts the cacophony of the audience and calls for the Doctor.
It takes the Doctor a minute to navigate the spiders’ web that is the arena seating before he clambers up into the ring and reaches the downed luchadore. Grasping his stethoscope he quickly presses it to The Rats chest. Waving his arms, the audience hushes so he can listen. His thumb extends upward as he hears the faint beat of the heart pulsing through The Rats’ chest. A collective sigh of relief is expelled from the audience as The Rat moves and struggles to sit up. With a roar, everyone rises hollering their happiness at his recovery.
Cheryle – April 1, 2018