Paradise Induction Chapter 5 – Extract 31
“Okay, okay. Is business going well?”
“Well we get slammed on our Friday nights—absolutely packed in the bar upstairs. The restaurant’s not doing so well, but we’re getting by.”
“That’s good. Well it’s good to see you May. Sorry, it’s a short visit, but I’ll catch up with you soon.”
“Okay Chris, will see you later.”
The walk home was almost a straight path from the Fortress of Solitude bar on the dock, through the main hub of town. Sweat dripped relentlessly from Chris, making him wonder how he would ever get used to this.
Arriving home, he heard the dogs bark a bit before going quiet again.
The air conditioning of the ceiling fans was a welcome relief. He went straight to his bedroom and lay down on his bed.
Cupping his hands behind his head, he retreated inside himself. There were so many thoughts and emotions travelling through his skull, it was difficult to focus.
Was Vernon still okay with him staying there?
Borrowing money made Chris feel even lower and reminded him that this relocation was his last ditch effort to salvage his life; like a man full of despair, clinging to a the edge of a cliff, and at the mercy of anyone around him who could help. Emotions of weakness, sapped his confidence to lower regions.