The Footballer with the Crystal Ankles

by Dean Kissick

Walter loved football from his very first touch, on that dusty path outside his house, where he played under the shadows of the coconut palms. He was born, rather unusually, with both of his ankles made out of crystal but his mother and father loved him nonetheless. Most days he played football so well some said he was possessed by a spirit, and when he wasn’t playing he would swim in the warm waters of the Amazon Basin where his brothers were fishing.