Paradise Induction Chapter 5 – Extract 2
It was the perfect background melody for returning to the island, compelling Chris to inhale his surroundings again. The entire complex of Five O’Clock Somewhere—or Fives as it was referred—was in many ways like a secret jungle garden with a cosy tree house atmosphere. Across from the bar, the wooden planked floor of the restaurant area housed about thirty round tables with garden chairs circling them. It was an open-air establishment with no walls and the second floor above the restaurant held the hotel rooms.
A huge platform stage lay at the back of the restaurant for nightly performances. There was the kitchen tucked away in its own building up a ramp beside the bar, and the barbecue booth stood adjacent to the bar for all the hungry patrons to witness their orders in production.
Beyond the restaurant on a lower level was the beach, paralleling the entire establishment. The view beyond was incredible—the white sand, the sparkling sea, and the sun shining bright against the perfect blue sky with neighbouring islands far off in the distance.
Chris took a breath and turned to Saul, who had a big grin on his face. His small head was hunched over his broad shoulders as he sucked what looked like Cranberry juice through a straw in a tall glass. He wore a blue and white striped shirt over his huge upper body and brown shorts, revealing his stick-like legs. His stature reminded Chris of a movie mob-boss henchman.