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.
O is for Older Couple
This scene takes us back to chapter one when Henry is on the airplane. The older couple mentioned here will get another small role in a later scene. Needless to say, if you’ve been following along, they won’t be among the four survivors of the upcoming plane crash. FYI, the young man next to the window in front of Henry is Devon, and the businessman sitting across the aisle from Henry is Garrett. Devon and Garrett will become two the survivors. This scene is told from Henry’s 1st-person POV:
No problem. I stood to let an older couple into my row, then turned my attention to people watching and concocting stories about why they were on this flight to Fiji.
I decided the businessman was a tropical produce importer and was meeting with suppliers on the islands. I imagined that the older couple who’d sat next to me was enjoying an anniversary trip to their original honeymoon spot. I could have asked them, but, like the businessman, I didn’t want to open the door to a conversation that might end up being more than I bargained for.
I pretended the two women in front of me, who were clearly traveling with each other since they had their heads together giggling, were celebrating their respective divorce settlements with the dream vacation their ex-husbands never took with them. Then I admonished myself for creating such a mean-spirited history and changed it to fancying them as a lesbian couple on their own honeymoon.
The young man next to the window sitting by the “lesbian couple” seemed to be traveling alone, although he glanced around the plane a few times like he was searching for certain people, so I concluded he was traveling with others who’d bought their tickets separately. His story, I originally decided, was that he was a rich kid traveling on a whim with his trust-fund buddies. He just didn’t give off that vibe, though, so I changed it to being a college kid on an athletic scholarship, still traveling with his buddies, but using money he’d saved over the years from part- time jobs, and maybe some birthday and graduation gift cash.
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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15 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge – O is for Older Couple”
I like making up stories about the people I see on planes. Or at the cafe. Or fellow bloggers, etc
As much as you travel, I’ll bet you’ve seen quite a few that would inspire the imagination! 🙂
Airports are a gold mine for characters. And I’ve seen a few things close to home too.
Ah, the poor old couple that don’t survive 🙁
Yeah, I’m afraid their goners (unlike—I hope—Gabi).
Oh. I had forgotten about the old couple 🙁
Yeah, they’re doomed, they play a nice small part, then we forget them, poor folks.
Wonderful story. I had to stop by to see how ‘older couple’ fit in.
Thank you! 🙂
Alas, their part is small and sad.
I enjoy “imagining” why other people are travelling – love the thought of the older couple going back to their honeymoon location!
It’s a fun way to pass the time while traveling. 🙂
I love making up stories about people I see places.
Melissa @ My Creatively Random Life
Me, too! 😉
I like how he changes his stories for them when he realizes they’re negative. 🙂
Discarded Darlings – Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction
<3 I had some fun writing this scene. 🙂