Paradise Induction Chapter 5 – Extract 24
“You a strong a man?” he said as a mixture of a statement and question. “You work out?”
Chris smiled with tight lips. “I do my best.”
“Yes, very strong. Very strong. We should go for a drink.”
Chris’ eyes narrowed as he looked at the happy, little brown monkey on the dashboard, being hugged by the huge black gorilla. “Sure mate. Sure.”
“Yeah. It good to know more people around. Where you live?”
“I’m going to be living with my uncle. He’s the Police Commissioner.”
“Oh wow. Big position. Big power. Wow. So your uncle Police Commissioner?”
“Wow. Okay. Okay.”
Chris looked out the window. The silence held for a lot longer this time.
“No,” said Chris, now longing for the airport to arrive.
“Not yet. But hopefully soon.”
The longest silence yet pervaded. They arrived at the airport and Chris was opening the door before the car had pulled up. “Thanks very much,” he said.
“See you and good luck,” said the man.
Documents in hand, Chris walked straight to the immigration booth inside the airport.