BC: I have been playing soccer ever since I could walk. My inspiration for writing this story was the way people around the world unify in some way, when it comes time to the World Cup every four years. I hoped to accomplish this interaction through this story. | About the Author
FC: The Globe Roller
1: This book is dedicated to: all the poor unfortunate souls in the world without a soccer ball
2: Sitting behind glass, there is a ball. Perhaps it is more prestigious than any other. It traveled around the world, touching many feet. The most famous one it touched was the one that won Italy it's first game in South Africa in 2010.
3: "Jacob! Pass the ball!" screamed team mate, David. Bam! The ball soared over David's head, bouncing down the long, steep hill towards the glistening bay.
4: It hit the water with a huge splash. Below, a shark spotted the bobbing sphere and bulleted towards the surface, expecting a late afternoon snack. Noticing it wasn't what he thought it was, the shark gently grabbed the soccer ball with his enormous teeth, and swam westward.
5: On the shore of Japan, early in the morning, the shark sling shot the now worn, and sloppy soccer ball towards the harbor. It bounced off a crate, across the cement, until it landed below a large shadow.
6: "A soccer ball!" said the worker to another. The one flicked it up to his thigh where he continued to juggle. "Here!" yelled the other. The large man smashed the ball as hard as he could towards the other worker. It cleared the smaller man's head, landing in a mess of empty crates. The two searched but could not find the mysterious ball.
7: The no longer empty crates were loaded upon a cargo plane and flown across the Asia towards Afghanistan. The crates were lifted and dropped into the clouds with great speed.
8: Crack! The crates hit the ground hard with the parachute following behind. Through a crack in the crate, the ball could see the running of children and adults. The lid was opened and desperate hands reached in from all sides. "Relief!" a boy yelled happily. The boy searched down deep among all the food packages finding a pleasant surprise.
9: "Soccer! Soccer!" cried the boy. All the other boys turned toward the excitement. The boy with the ball, placed it at his feet, and kicked it at his friends. Happy faces chased after the kick, yelling, "Mine! Mine!" Breaking up the fun was a gun shot from the mountains.
10: Everyone screamed, running for the shelter of their homes, A Taliban soldier ran in taking the ball from its deserted spot. "Take this away!" he yelled to his side. The ball was loaded on to a Jeep and driven into the midday sun.
11: Beyond the border, a helicopter was awaiting the Jeep. Along with several weapons, the soccer ball was loaded.
12: Below, on ground, an Italian border patrol soldier spotted an unidentified helicopter crossing the Mediterranean Sea. "Enemy! Fire!"
13: Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack! Boom! The sky became filled with smoke and debris. Among the mess was a lonesome soccer ball. It landed with a splash in the water.
14: Later that evening, a poor child found the ball while searching for seashells. "Oh my Lord! Treasure!" He took the ball to his home, high, nestled between two mountains in Sicily.
15: The next day, in a small plaza, many boys gathered to play soccer. Goals made of fish nets stood on both sides. The game began with the soccer ball being the center of attention.
16: Bam! Whack! Bam! The soccer ball ricocheted off of the players like a pinball game. The game was going fine until one of the shots exceeded the crossbar, landing along the road leading down the mountain. It gained speed to roll past another little town until it moved up onto a cargo ship.
17: The ship traveled all the way to a small port city to pick up some items. Upon arrival, a man entered the ship. "WWWWhhhhooooaaa!" He tripped over the soccer ball. Down the ramp the ball rolled. It stopped at the feet of an unlikely person.
18: This shadow belonged to Toni, one of Italy's many great soccer players. "Well hello my little friend. I'll take you with me." The large man picked up the ball and placed it with his other belongings to take to the World Cup!
19: All you could hear in the hull of the plane was the sound of wind rushing by. If only the ball knew that it was riding with the World Cup's defending champs. At landing in South Africa, all the baggage was unloaded. Toni picked up the ball he had found and put it amongst the many other balls the team kept.
20: The roar of the crowd was overwhelming, even for a non-living object such as a ball. The drawstring bag was dumped into the playing field. A man in black and white stripes searched for the perfect ball; stopping at one specific one. It was soggy, torn, and covered in dirt, but it was just right.
21: "We'll use this one!" said the ref. The ball was rolled to the center of a large circle. Players in blue and orange gathered around the one ball. All eyes were on it. A whistle blew, and the game was on.
22: At one point, Italy was given a penalty kick, just outside the goal box. Wham! The ball soared over the defenders' heads, right to where Toni was waiting. He flung his body around so that his feet were above his head. He then redirected the ball to the lower left corner of the net, out of reach from the keeper.
23: Swish! There was a couple of flashes and then a roar louder than any other experienced in South Africa. The ball had become famous.