Then there’s the flip side. We see it more in singers, actors and reality show celebrities, but occasionally we can see the athletes as they start to fall. No matter who they are, one little slip can cost them everything. Unlike the rehab hopping celebrities, when an athlete slips up they can have a come back, but rarely are they fully forgiven or able to demand the figures they could before XYZ happened.
When you put your trust in the people around you sometimes it’s hard to see beyond those who’ve been there from the start.
As Sylvia enters Matthias’ world he soon learns his head has been in the sand too long. His focus on the game made him lose site of the world off the basketball court.
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With an all-consuming focus Matthias Jessup has sacrificed his body in pursuit of greatness. But while he’s enjoyed the spoils of being an elite athlete, the physical punishment can only be held at bay for so long. He knows his time is running out and he will have to face his future soon.
Sylvia Kinder is obsessed with Matthias' public image. But now that her fantasy has walked into her life, could it possibly lead to a happy ending? She worries if there's any place for her in his world, much less his heart.
Drawn to each other on a chance meeting, Matthias must look off the court and discover the real world, while Sylvia will have to find the strength of self to not become lost in a world she doesn’t understand. But those who aren’t ready for a life after the game surround Matthias and are willing to do anything to keep him on the court.
It had been a whole day with Silly and outside of her first failed attempt at teaching him to cook rice, it’d been a success. While dinner cooked they lounged on the couch and Matthias learned Silly had her own guilty pleasure—court shows. Never had Matthias felt so relaxed or genuinely enjoyed his day. For the first time, basketball wasn’t the most important thing in the world. The woman below him was.
“Stop it,” Silly squealed and Matthias knew she didn’t mean it. He tickled her as she wiggled beneath him. “I’m gonna pee. I’m gonna pee.”
“That’s a twelve thousand dollar couch. Control your bladder.”
Sharee made them both stop.
Silly arched her head back to look at Sharee standing over her in a lavender suit. How she walked in heels in this temperature was beyond him. But then again Sharee wouldn’t let a hurricane mess up her hair. Matthias didn’t let this uninvited guest move him from Silly. His body was staying where it was comfortable. On top of Silly with her legs wrapped around his waist. Silly seemed to think she should move.
“You can’t buy anymore furnishings. Twelve grand? Seriously Sharee?”
“Does everyone have a key to your house?” Silly whispered making Matthias laugh.
Sharee glared at Silly and he knew he’d have to move if for no other reason than to make Silly comfortable.
“Your coach is freaking out, I’d say you caught something in Dallas, but this appears to be local,” Sharee sneered at Silly.
“Yep,” Matthias grinned. “And I caught it all by myself like a big boy…you wanna know what else I did like a big boy.”
Matthias was having too much fun getting Sharee worked up.
“Is she worth ten grand?” Sharee questioned with her arms crossed.
“Langston!” Matthias yelled while removing himself from on top of Silly. Langston didn’t appear, not that he was surprised.
“I’m not a hooker,” Silly barked.
“You’ve missed two practices. Five a piece.” Sharee wasn’t acknowledging Silly. She was talking like they were alone pissing off Matthias more.
“Yesterday every road in the city was closed, you know he’s not charging for that.” Sharee scoffed then looked out the window. “And as for today…I do get sick days. I took today. So back off.”
“Rumors have already started. They’re saying you’re looking at other teams, might not be able to play tomorrow. Should I tell them you didn’t get enough in Dallas?”
“Are you still pissed about that? You picked the girls didn’t you.”
Sharee shot him a look of shock.
“Oh, I found out. Didn’t Langston tell you? Guess me kickin’ his ass helped him finally learn to not run his mouth.”
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