There isn’t a penultimate chapter remaining now: it’s done, it’s over. As I expected, I finished Chapter Forty-two with a short scene of just under seven hundred and fifteen words, bringing the chapter to just under thirty-seven hundred words. And that’s all there is of Annie’s and Kerry’s experience at the Sea Sprite Inn. All that remains is for them to get on the jet and fly back to Europe, and part for the summer.
It took me a while to pen this last scene only because I wanted to find the right mood. I knew it wasn’t going to be long, but it had to mean something to me. And it does. It means so much . . .
I have them sitting in the bay window, near midnight, with Annie sitting against the pillows and frame and Kerry resting against her. It’s pretty much the opposite of what you’d expect from a scene like that, but that’s how these guys roll. It’s how I see them.
And all there remains is for them to make a few final plans while they find it impossible to sleep . . .
All excerpts, this page, from The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced, copyright 2013, 2014, 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)
“Tomorrow night, when you’re home in your room, and you’re preparing for bed, I want you to look out and see the Moon.” She rested her cheek against his head. “And when you see it I want you to know that you’re seeing the same moonlight I’m seeing, or I have seen, or I will see.” She clutched him tight as her voice dropped to a hoarse whisper. “The moon will keep us connected; it will bring us together.” She lightly kissed his forehead. “It will be our constant through this coming summer.”
“Except when the moon isn’t up.” Kerry shifted slightly so he wasn’t pressing too hard against Annie. “Rotation, orbits: you won’t see much of the Moon after the full moon, and for a few days it’s invisible in daytime.” He caressed her leg with the fingers of his right hand. “I know what to do, though.”
“You can find it up there, too.” He pointed towards a point in the sky to the left of the Moon. “If the Moon isn’t up, look for the brightest star in the sky. If I can see it from Cardiff, you can see it in Pamporovo.” He let his hand rest upon Annie’s leg. “When you see it, know that I sent it to you, that it’s there to light your way through the darkness—” He choked on his words. “It’s leading you through the darkness back, back . . .” His voice caught as his emotions began to overwhelm him. “It’s leading you through the darkness back to me.”
Annie lightly touched Kerry’s now-wet cheek. “Shush, shush. It’s okay.”
“I don’t want to go.” He started breathing hard through hacking sobs. “I don’t want to be away from you for the summer.”
Annie swallowed hard to force her own raging emotions down. “I don’t want to leave either. But . . .” She drew in a deep breath. “We have no choice.”
“I know—” Kerry couldn’t hold back any longer; he curled up and wrapped his arms around Annie, holding her tightly as he broke down completely.
Annie ran her fingers through Kerry’s hair as she let his tears soak into her. “It’s okay, moyata polovinka.” She kissed him tenderly. “Just look at the Moon, my love. Look at the Moon.”
And that’s it for this part of the school year. Next scene is Erywin and Deanna, and then it’s kids getting in their final goodbyes and their final feelings. And I need the layout for a 777, but that’s just me, for something I need in the next scene.
Five more to go.
Then I can rest.