Chapter 1 – Extract 4 from The Paradise Induction!
Exiting London air space, the plane was cruising at a good altitude, according to the Captain.
Chris fought back the stinging in his eyes, pulled a slip of paper out of his suit-jacket, and forced a smile. It was a simple list of the things he planned to do once settled in the Caribbean.
- Pursue my writing career
- Get a driving license
- Get bar-tending experience
- Learn Spanish
- Stop frowning so much
- Gain true confidence in myself
He stashed it away and looked around the plane. A few rows across, he saw a man who wormed around in his seat, sat between an exceptionally large guy and a fidgeting child. He observed another man whose eyes shifted from side to side and gaunt face looked as though he hadn’t eaten a meal in weeks. Chris imagined he was cheap, like the sort of person who would buy a lottery ticket for a best friend’s birthday and say “that could be fifty-grand I’m giving you there.” The type of person who would make a loud show of any luxury provided, as long as it was free of charge.
He shook his head and as his eyes came into focus on the people near him. A beautiful woman blossomed into view at the seat across from him; mid-twenties, long brown hair, large blue eyes, and a facial expression that exuded warmth. She smiled and he smiled back.
Definitely has a boyfriend, he thought. No question about that.
Chris knowingly relieved the transparent plastic bagging from underneath his seat with the typical airline blanket inside, aware from previous flights with British Airways that it was always placed there. He pulled the blanket out and covered himself. Sleep quickly embraced him.