#AtoZChallenge – E is for Emergency Exit

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I’m participating in the A to Z blogger challenge this year. Since April also is the anniversary month for the release of my novel, ’Til Death Do Us Part, I thought I’d use that for the theme of my posts. For each letter I will come up with a word that is pertinent to the story, and post a short excerpt featuring it.

In general these excerpts will bounce around the timeline (after all, the story isn’t told in alphabetical order). No worries, I’ll give a little context leading into each scene so it won’t be necessary to read the others to enjoy the snippet-of-the-day.

EE is for Emergency Exit

Henry’s proximity to an emergency exit on the airplane he’s about to board is key to his survival. This scene takes place early in chapter one as Henry and Sam are parting ways, supposedly for six weeks, as Henry flies to Fiji for a research trip. If you’ve been following along, you’ll have seen the name Garrett pop up as one of the four survivors on the island. The businessman Henry’s referring to in this scene is Garrett, but Henry doesn’t know that yet. It is told from Henry’s 1st-person POV:

My younger, pre-Sam self would’ve fake-gagged at the sight of the two of us simpering and continuing to make eye contact as I threaded my way through security, but clearly I wasn’t that man anymore, since I didn’t give a damn right now what anybody thought. But eventually, with a final wave, blown kiss, and glimpse of Sam’s beautiful grin, I headed to my departure gate.

I thought of Sam again as I settled into the aisle seat directly behind the exit row over the right wing. He’d insisted that I get a seat as near as possible to one of the emergency exits. I always indulged his phobia even though I felt it was pointless.

I nodded at the businessman across the aisle from me as he settled into his seat and pulled a tablet out of his small carry-on bag. He dipped his head in return and gave me a friendly but rhetorical “How’s it going?” before turning to the screen in his hands.

I wondered what was bringing a man in a suit to Fiji, not that the idea was unheard of. Hell, I was heading there for work, myself, but I just didn’t need to wear a suit. More than likely he was getting off in Los Angeles, anyway. But he didn’t seem interested in real conversation, so I didn’t ask.


Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.

The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?

Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?

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Info & Links: ’Til Death Do Us Part

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12 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge – E is for Emergency Exit

    1. Generally speaking I don’t know…they probably are? In this fictional situation, proximity to the exit was important because they ditched in the ocean, and the cracked fuselage flooded and sank quickly. Only those closest to an exit escaped.

  1. Given the story of your Nicole, I’m glad he took the advice. I often wonder if those seats are any safer than the others. I guess in this case they were!

    1. I’m glad he did, too. I imagine which seat is safest depends on the nature of the crash. I’m by no means an expert on the subject, though. In this case being near an exit was best because getting out quickly was the only way to survive.

  2. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like an emotionally charged, intriguing story. I really wonder if any particular row/seat in a plane is safer than others?

    Here from the A-Z and wish you a successful challenge

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