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Travis Tinley and the Spirit of #22

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Travis Tinley and the Spirit of #22

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Dec 17, 2014


Travis Tinley is an eleven year old boy who lives in Durango, Colorado with his mom, his five year old sister and their Border Collie Mesa. Travis lost his dad to Synovial Sarcoma cancer almost two years ago. Travis and his dad shared a love of baseball. Many years earlier, Travis' dad played professional baseball in the position of shortstop. Travis plays left field on his baseball team and wants to play shortstop like his dad. Travis is confronted by a bully from another team who tries to make trouble for Travis. Travis is determined to be a good ballplayer and honor the memory of his dad.

Dec 17, 2014

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Travis Tinley and the Spirit of #22 - Tara Langton

Travis Tinley

and the Spirit of #22

Tara Langton

2014 by Tara Langton

All rights reserved.

ISBN 978-0-692-35354-7

Tarster Productions

Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Smashwords Edition

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This book is dedicated to the memory of David James Beveridge


My first writing partner and more importantly, my friend.


A much welcomed spring day in Durango, Colorado. The temperature is about 60 degrees for this first week of April. Eleven-year-old Travis Tinley rides his bike through town on his way home from school. Travis stops at the Cortez newsstand to pick up the latest baseball magazine and a pack of baseball cards. He pays the clerk at the stand and puts the cards and magazine in his backpack and heads for home. Travis sees an opportunity to jump a curb on his bike and gets some really good air and then continues on. A few blocks away, he reaches his driveway and parks his bike on the lawn. As soon as Travis enters the house his dog Mesa, a beautiful Border Collie, runs and jumps at him with excitement, almost knocking him over.

Hey Mesa, how’s the best dog in the world? asks Travis as Mesa licks his face. Travis puts his backpack on the couch and walks into the kitchen to grab an afternoon snack. Travis takes the milk from the refrigerator and pours himself an ice-cold glass and chugs it.

Hey Mesa, are you hungry old boy? Travis asks the dog as he grabs a bag of dog food from the pantry and pours some into a bowl on the floor along with a bowl of water. Travis goes into the living room and turns on the television to check out the latest professional baseball scores.

A few moments later, Travis’ mother, Mrs. Shannon Tinley, arrives home from work with his five year old sister Megan in tow. Travis? Mrs. Tinley calls.

I’m in the family room, replies Travis.

Travis, if you throw your bike near the flowers one more time, it’s going to get taken away, warns Mrs. Tinley. She walks into the kitchen with a box of pizza.

Okay Mom, Travis answers. His little sister runs to the family room and jumps on him and laughs.

Oh yeah you think that’s funny, says Travis. He holds his sister upside down with her hair touching the carpet.

Travis, come set the table for dinner, Mrs. Tinley says. She comes into the family room.

Look, it’s Megan the human mop, says Travis.

Please put your sister down so she doesn’t get hurt, says Mrs. Tinley.

It’s fun Mommy, Megan says, her eyes gleaming. Travis puts Megan down on the couch and goes to set the table. The Tinley’s gather around the table for dinner.

How was school today Travis? Mrs. Tinley asks.

Same as usual, replies Travis.

Any tests this week? she asks.

No, but I need you to sign my permission form for baseball and I need $40 for the uniform fee, Travis says. Megan picks the pepperoni off her pizza, which Travis happily puts on his slice. I need to turn the baseball form in tomorrow, he says.

Mesa walks into the kitchen with his leash in his mouth. Travis would you take the dog for a walk before it gets dark? his mother asks.

Travis looks at Mesa. Ready for a walk boy? He puts the leash on Mesa and goes outside. Travis grabs a tennis ball from the garage and heads to the local junior high soccer field. As soon as they get to the field Mesa starts pulling Travis. Easy boy, says Travis. Travis takes the leash off and Mesa starts running around the field back and forth and rolling in the grass. Travis takes the tennis ball and throws it down the field and Mesa chases it and scoops it up into his mouth.

Bring me the ball Mesa, Travis says. Mesa runs to Travis and drops the ball at his feet. Good boy Mesa. Travis throws the ball again and Mesa chases it down the field. Travis loves to bring Mesa to the ball field for their evening walks. Travis’ Dad Ryan used to take them both down to the field almost every night. Travis’ Dad died of Synovial Sarcoma cancer almost two years ago, so it is important

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