Paradise Induction Chapter 5 – Extract 30
He smiled and she smiled back.
She was a petite, slim American woman of about fifty. She had bright blue eyes and brilliant, straight white teeth. She was clearly a woman who would’ve had to keep her own mace to shun the men a few years back, but the beginnings of ageing had commenced with strokes of grey in her brown hair, and wrinkles around her eyes and mouth.
“May,” said Chris. “How are you?”
“Chris—welcome back.” They hugged. “I’m good. How are you?”
“I’m okay. Just stopped in to say hello.”
“Well you made it.”
“I know. This is it.”
“What’s that?” she said pointing to the plastic wallet of papers Chris held.
“Oh this—it’s all my documents and a list of things I’ve got to get done here.”
“Oh,” she said with her eyebrows raised. “Take my advice. You’re lucky if you can get one of those things done a week, let alone in a day.”
“Things are slower around here. Something you will have to get used to.”
“Hmm. How have you been?”
“Well, we’re coming into the slow season soon, so trying to make the most of the cruise-ships coming in.”