In order to bring you the full effect of this story, Dear Reader, Saucy will have to show you how things went down in photos.
She can show you what it looked like and explain what it felt like.
Can you imagine that everything was just perfect? Well, do. Because it was. Some things so smoothly in fact, so quickly and perfectly, they were hard to capture on film. It looked just perfect.
Saucy will be hard pressed to show you the fancy stunts and tricks here because it's too hard to take photos when you are holding your breath or squeezing someone's hand tightly. Fourteen year old girls throwing each other high in the air can be stressful for a coach and a parent.
Just hold your breath and bite your bottom lip tightly and you will get the full effect of how Saucy felt. Don't forget to clench your hands and induce a death grip on someone close by.
For instance, it's hard to tell in this photo that things are just perfect, but trust Saucy, they are. If you know your cheerleading, you know the Cheerios have a ripple effect going on here during the dance. It was complex but executed... perfectly.
And then, it was all over but the waiting. Five months of practice boiled down to two and a half minutes on the mat. In some ways those few minutes felt like a lifetime but in other ways, it slipped by so quickly, it was surreal. That's for the best. There was too much breath holding anyway. Saucy was turning purple, and that's not even a team colour.
Here, waiting for the results, rankings of the top three teams in the category were announced. Saucy and Mustang Sally, the assistant coach, were pretty sure the Cheerios could take a solid second place. It being their first year, and all.
As the team favoured to win was announced as the second place winners, check out the faces of the Cheerios and the look on Saucy's face...
Yes, it is an unflattering photo but it tells the story. Moving along. Saucy is looking back at Veto, The Fan and The Secret Weapon as if to say... "I don't know what is happening." Saucy had a hunch that the Cheerios weren't shut out, but things had taken a surprising turn, to say the least.
The anticipation builds for the Cheerios as the top-ranked team before the competition accepts their silver medals.
Saucy will let the pictures tell the next part of the story:
This is the best part. This banner will hang in the school gymnasium forever. Category and Division Champions! This part is called the reward of hard work, dedication and sometimes, even a little humility. This is where there was no cheer team six months ago, now there are champions.
Loopy exclaimed "this is my first non-math related award!"
Cheerios hugged Cheerios, Cheerios hugged parents and grandparents. There were tears of happiness and tears of exhaustion and relief. There was green eyeshadow and gold glitter everywhere.
Loopy wants a hug from you, too. Be careful. When she cries, her nose runs a bit.
This is what winning looks like. This feels good. Have a great day, whatever you decide to do today.