Paradise Induction Chapter 5 – Extract 1
Chris had to restrain himself from glaring.
The man sat in front of him was indeed someone he remembered very, very well. He’d only met him once, but once had been enough.
“Mr. Charles, I’m Jacob Cain,” said the man. “Welcome back to the islands. Would you like a drink?”
“I’m alright thank you,” replied Chris, clearing his throat.
The bartender reached over the bar, extending his fist. “You made it back to paradise,” he said.
Chris bumped his fist, and smiled. “Yep, I’m back Laud. How are you?”
“I got no complaints.”
Jacob gave Laud a stern look. The Caucasian American bartender with his distinct gelled-back hair like a Wall Street investor, retreated. He moved to the other side of the octagon-shaped bar to serve another customer among the dozen holiday-makers that surrounded the place. His short-sleeved red shirt with a pattern of white flowers, added to the paradisaical appearance of the bar.
Around the bar were garden stool-chairs, that elevated seated customers to the height of the bar itself. Inside the bar area was an ‘island’ where bottles of alcohol were stacked up in order of expense. On top of the centre island were the most expensive whiskeys, rums, vodkas, and gins.
A musician played guitar in the corner of the area outside the bar with a sound system supporting his vocals, and a few eager tourists dancing a circle in front of him. Chris remembered the music track from the last time he was there, singing about vacationers, “letting go, having fun, and setting their souls free.”
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