Sam is a high school cross country runner stuck living with his divorced dad when the pandemic shuts down traveling, hanging with friends, even school. He’d rather be with his mom, who at least calls him by the right name and pronouns. The day goes from gloomy to terrifying when Dad gets a letter in the mail that seems to turn him into a different person. An angry person. Scared, and more alone than ever, Sam knows he has to act… or Dad, and Sam, will disappear for good.
Personal Best was first published in the Pikes Peak Writer’s Anthology Fresh Starts in 2021