Chapter 1 – Extract 9 from The Paradise Induction!
He grabbed his bags and they headed out of the cramped Underground. His heart rate was slow, but each thud was the drum beat of impending doom.
He was doing this. He was acting on a decision he’d made when he was fifteen years old!
If things aren’t working out in London by the time I’m twenty-five, I’ll leave the country.
Saying it, thinking it, telling people about it—that had been easy.
Now, every step Chris took as they made their way to the Heathrow Check-In was like walking on an electrified floor, shocking him with each time his foot landed. He was fulfilling a vow from ten years prior; a promise he’d hoped he’d never have to complete.
The meandering British Airways Check-In queue was quick and lucky; his luggage weighed right on limit, but it was to be expected that it would be heavy. After all, he was carrying his life with him.
The busy airport’s passengers were invisible to him as his mind pressed in what he was doing; he was leaving his family; his mother.
He continued with the Check-In procedure; his hand luggage was allowed to be carried on and as soon as he heard permission to move on through, his world stopped. It was all done.
He stood at the barrier of the airport where his mother couldn’t pass.
Her eyes glistened and he held his head down. They both released a muffled “goodbye” without hugging, knowing that it would be too painful to do so.