Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Jackknife Copyright
by Ken West

That’s what they called him—“Jackknife.” The nickname came after a fight in the schoolyard. He was the new kid, ripe for picking. But he pulled a knife when the odds were bad—seven to one.

It was a small brown-handled jackknife, the kind with a long and short blade, nothing else. Wasn’t long enough to kill you but sharp enough to slice the skin, maybe a finger or two.

To prove it, the boy, later known as Jackknife, slashed at the lead bully, a big kid named Benjy, slicing right through his shirtfront, including his dirty T-shirt.

From that day on Jackknife was left alone, given a wide berth, never crowded. It wasn’t so much the knife that frightened the kids. It was the smile on Jackknife’s face that signaled his willingness to use it.

Ken West, a former U.S. Army paratrooper, is president of Better Grip Media LLC and author of Get What You Want! Workbook… available worldwide on Amazon.com and other online booksellers. In the U.S. at http://bit.ly/alF9vp.

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