Chapter 1 – Extract 11 from The Paradise Induction!
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 British Airways flights that it was always placed there.
He pulled it out, and covered himself. Sleep quickly embraced him.
It must have been an hour – maybe two, thought Chris as he rustled awake. The next thing his senses knew was the horrific stench of raw eggs. But the smell was even more pungent and deep, like chicken left for weeks in a disposal heap. His nostrils almost burned and breathing became difficult.
Chris watched as three, then four, then five people unbuckled their seat belts, got up, and moved away with faces wrinkled like prunes. Some who remained seated held their noses visibly, and others gritted their teeth under closed lips.
“That smell is stinky,” said Darren.
“Yeah it’s bloody awful innit,” replied Eadie. She looked at Chris and shrivelled her nose. Chris smiled, raising his eyebrows, then scanned the other passengers.
Who had done it? he thought.