Chapter 1 – Extract 20 from The Paradise Induction!
The queue moved forward.
He watched as the tall guy strolled to another staff member and whispered something in her ear. She looked up, perused the queue, let her eyes fall on Chris, then whispered back to the guy. He chuckled.
Chris shook his head.
The queue continued to advance.
Reaching the metal detectors, he 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 appeared to be in their mid to late twenties. Three of them allowed slight smiles to emerge on their faces.
The metal detector portal made no alarm or alert Chris could see, but he 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!”