Chapter 1 – Extract 10 from The Paradise Induction!
Inside the massive, busy airport, that reminded Chris of an exceptionally clean-looking mall, he used most of his seven-hour connection time exploring the electronics and gadgets stores that captured his curiosity. He then headed to check-in for his second flight to San Juan.
As he queued in the large line for another round with the metal detectors, he noticed a smile on one of the airport security guy’s faces making eye contact with him. The guy, who was tall and thin, chatted to his co-worker, who looked up with a serious face, scanned the queue, fixed his eyes on Chris, then whispered something back to his fellow employee.
It could have been something. Could have been nothing. But Chris had seen that smile before – too many times. He prepared his mind for what he knew it meant.
The queue moved forward.
He watched as the tall guy went to another staff member and whispered something in her ear. She looked up, perused the queue, let her eyes catch Chris, then whispered back to the guy. He chuckled.
Chris shook his head.
The queue continued to advance.
Reaching the metal detectors, Chris placed his hand luggage on the conveyor belt leading his bag into the X-ray. He removed his belt, shoes, keys, wallet, London Oyster card, black Biro pen, and phone, putting them all in the grey tray provided, also for the X-ray.
The tall guy who had been smiling and whispering to his co-workers, was now stern, standing at the side of the metal detector portal.
As Chris passed through it, all the airport security staff glared at him. He counted six of them and they were all in their mid to late twenties. Several had slight smiles on their faces. The machine made no alarm or alert he could see.
Chris knew though. Something was about to happen.
They were going to get him, again…and he was going to have to deal with the consequences.
The tall guy moved right in front of him, towering above. “Step to one side, now.”