Chapter 1 – Extract 10 from The Paradise Induction!
He wouldn’t be coming back to live in London ever again. This was part of his oath ten years ago. It would be the Caribbean, then maybe the United States. But never to live in London again. This was his big escape. His chance to start again anew, and erase his failed life of the past.
He went through the gate.
It was finished.
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 given him, provided it was free of charge.