I've seen quite a few homophone riddles here on Puzzling, and I would like to go the opposite direction and post a story that presents a challenge to find a specific homonym.
It was a windy night at the ballpark. Tim was lowering his bat into his travel box. It was a good game, a silhouetted figure said softly. Who's there?! Tim shouted. Do not fear, whispered the figure; I am here to offer my services. Puzzled, Tim scratched his head and glared into the figure's dark blue eyes. Suddenly, the world grew cold and the figure stepped forward. I am going to ask you a question, and depending on your answer, one of two things will happen. Tim's face grew somber in light of his situation.
In one you'll become a baseball legend.
In the other you will fall asleep to never wake.
There is a homonym that can be found in reference to the second to last and last sentences. What is the homonym in question?
Tim's current situation gives cause for alarm.
The answer is you seek is not easy to find, to search is to look as words are defined.
Two hints before, now three that I've gave; the word which you seek, indeed rhymes with brave.
As a secondary/bonus question, how many homonyms did you spot in my story?