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Preparation to Destination: All Aboard

I stated yesterday that if I wrote over thousand words last night that would be five nights in a row I had done so.  And guess what?  I did it.  Yay!  Yep, for the first time in a long time–probably not since the days of NaNo 2013–I wrote more than five thousand words together in a five night.

It’s not only quite an accomplishment but it’s put me way ahead of the curve.  Let me show you what I mean.

Here's Exhibit A.

Here’s Exhibit A.

Today’s post is still giving excerpts from the above scene À Plus Tard Paris, which was the second for this chapter.  But I’ve already started writing the last scene in Chapter Six, Back Home Once More, where I added two hundred and twenty-three words.  I think this is about the furthest I’ve ever been ahead when it’s come to posting excerpts.  Usually I’m like maybe five, six hundred words ahead will bring something a post, but at this point I’m actually about thirty-five hundred words ahead.  And it’s a real good possibility I’ll have finished the chapter about the time of getting into the excerpts for the penultimate scene.

It’s nice to be ahead of things once in a while.

One other thing: last night I surpassed a total of 75,200 words.  A good stretch of writing will put me over eighty thousand words by next Tuesday, and it’s conceivable I could be very close to a hundred thousand words by the end of the year.  Seeing as how I’m only five months into writing, reaching a hundred thousand words after six months would be quite an accomplishment.  (16 January, 2017, is the six-month mark of writing, and I’m pretty certain I’ll be over a hundred thousand words by then.)

In the meantime my kids are about to board the aircraft.  They’re going to go through the normal check-in procedure, but after that things are going to take a rather strange change–

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

A few minutes later the gate opened and queued up students had their boarding passes checked. Annie and Kerry both understood that while it was no longer necessary for them to masquerade as Normal students, they also understood that The Foundation didn’t want anything to look out of the ordinary and having a group of students simply file through the checkpoint and on to a jet without any sort of examination would likely raise suspicions.

The boarding pass project headed back receiving them along gangway leading to the A380. They could see into the enormous cabin several seconds before reaching the door. Both Erywin and Deanna were waiting inside: Erywin held the tablet and spoke as they stepped into the aircraft. “Well, I see the first of our VIPs has arrived.” She held out the tablet. “Check in, please?”

Annie placed her right hand upon the tablet first; after a beep Kerry did the same with his left hand. Erywin checked the manifest as soon as the tablet beat the second time. “You are officially on board and ready to return to school.” She looked at the hostess standing to Deanna’s left. “Laverne—” she pointed to students before her. “This is Kirilova and Malibey: please take care of them.”

The hostess nodded. “Of course, Professor.” She motioned for Annie and Kerry to follow. “This way, please.” They walked a few meters into the cabin before the hostess indicated a few pieces of luggage pushed up against a bulkhead. “You may leave your bags here: they’ll be put away and return then when you depart.” As soon as luggage was set aside she gave both children a smile. “If you follow me, I will show you to your seats.”

Annie was quick to speak. “We have assigned seats?”

Laverne nodded. “Yes. As you heard the professor say, you are one of our VIPs. This way, please.” She walked to the stairs and headed to the upper level.

The upper level landing open upon a large open area with three small tables around which were gathered several chairs. There was sofa seating against both sides of the cabin and bulkheads to the fore and aft with the passageway beyond both on the right side of the aircraft. Laverne addressed the children before they could ask questions. “This is the Forward Lounge. It can be used as a gathering area where students can come and have conversations with her friends. For much this flight, however, it will only be available for a short time before our arrival.”

Kerry turned to Annie. “This is really nice.”

She nodded as she looked around. “It’s impressive.”

“Thank you. Come this way—” Laverne strode across the lounge and entered the passageway heading towards the front of the aircraft. They walked past two doors on their left before stopping in front of the third and last. The hostess pointed to her right. “There is the forward galley in the cockpit. Here are your seats.” She placed her right hand upon a palm print lock: there was a click and the door slid the wall.

Annie stepped through the doorway to the enclosure beyond with Kerry right behind. For a moment both were speechless as they took in their surroundings. She was the first to break the silence. “This is magnificent.”

Kerry turned to Annie and spoke in a slightly flabbergasted tone. “It’s a private cabin.”

 

First, we already have a pretty good idea of what the layout on one of these jumbos is like.  All of the students usually sit in something that looks remarkably like first-class seating, which is to say big, comfy chairs and lots of private space.

This is a pretty good approximation of what to expect when you fly Foundation Airlines.

This is a pretty good approximation of what to expect when you fly Foundation Airlines.

The reason everyone has so much room is because these chairs now fold out into a rather flat bed.  So it is time for the kiddies going to adjustment and sleep, they sleep comfortably.

But Annie and Kerry are VIPs, as we’ve heard.  And when every seat on board aircraft is a first-class seat, how do you treat your VIPs?

Kerry said it, and tomorrow I’ll show it.

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