Newt and Minho being the true alpha males on their track team. Together, they hype everyone up for track meets and motivate everyone to be the best they can be in the extensive workouts they all have to do. It’s needless to say that they’re people the others look up to even outside of running and will come to either Newt or Minho for advice or help with school or personal issues.
Screeching tires and shattered glass is the sound of the world breaking. The doctors say it’s likely Newt will never be able to walk again, and it’s when Minho hears Newt crying alone behind the closed door of his hospital room that he challenges fate. Minho—along with a few other boys from their little team: Alby, Gally, Ben—help Newt through the physical therapy. Minho—although too scared and guilt-ridden to drive him to the facility—makes sure Newt’s doing the exercises he’s supposed to be doing at home. Everyone pitches in to try to help in any way they can because this time it’s their turn to inspire Newt.
It’s because of their support that Newt doesn’t give up, and it’s just short of a miracle when Newt walks for the first time without the crutch.
Track and cross country are still things of the past, but Newt shows up one day the next school year to watch them practice. There’s tension at first, but by the end of the week, it’s like Newt never left. Although he doesn’t run, he shows up to all of their meets and helps out with the coaches when he can spare the time.
Chuck, a freshman on the team, asks Minho who Newt really is when he witnesses Newt break up a squabble between the boys in a way Chuck thought only Minho was capable of when the coaches were gone.
Minho smiles and looks over at Newt scolding a boy who now had his head ducked in shame. He laughs because it’s was weird to think of someone who doesn’t already know Newt because how could you not know him? It feels like both common knowledge and a revelation when Minho tells him, “He’s a smartass. He’s not afraid to tell you to your face that you’re an idiot, and he’s the strongest man you’ll ever meet.”
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