Chapter 1 – Extract 2 from The Paradise Induction!
The boy of about ten, who was already stood in the aisle with a nervous smile on his face, jumped across his mother, and took his new place.
As he sat down beside the aisle and fastened his seat belt, Chris nodded at the child .
The kid stared out the window and Chris could see his inflated cheeks protruding, indicating his grin.
“Thank you ever so much,” repeated the woman in a way that sounded like she was catching her breath. “What’s your name?”
“Chris,” he said.
“I’m Eadie and this is Darren. What do you say to Chris?” said the mother, prodding her son.
“Thank you Chris,” said Darren.
“That’s okay,” replied Chris.
She extended her hand. “Nice to meet you and really, thank you for that. You’re very kind.”
“That’s quite alright, and nice to meet you too.” He shook her hand.
“Looks like we’re ready then, innit?” she said.
“Looks that way.”
“So are you headed to New York as well then?”
“No. Change of flights at New York to go to San Juan, and then onto the Pharisee Islands.”
“Wow, sounds very nice. Never heard of them.”
“Not many people have. They’re really unknown on our side of the world and we don’t even see them advertised in the UK, but they’re a group of Caribbean islands owned by the British just under Puerto Rico.”
“How long you there for then?”