Today’s going to be a busy day. I have to do a bit of running around then go to a graduation later this afternoon. Tonight I have to start packing up and in the morning I have to load my car and returned to Pennsylvania. It’s going to be kind and nonstop–
oh, and I’ll have to get an excerpt out tonight so that he can post in the morning.
One of the things I did last night was get the layout for Chapter Fourteen started and finished. This is going to be the Samhain Morning chapter, or we get ready to receive Annie’s parents. It’s not a big chapter: I actually laid it out in three scenes–
as you can see it takes place in the morning, with all the action around 8 AM, which means Annie and Kerry can sit down with Annie’s parents and have a nice, relaxing breakfast–which is just how chapters going to end. I’m sure won’t be too nerve-racking…
As I mentioned once before Annie’s father Victor is supposed to be getting ready for the Indian Grand Prix in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Fortunately for him, early morning in Salem is late afternoon in India, so by some strange coincidence from 5 PM on Victor is going to be busy with “things”. And some stuff as well, I gather. Naturally, I had to check to make certain the times were right–
Boston (USA – Massachusetts) Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 7:45:00 am EDT UTC-4 hours
New Delhi (India – Delhi) Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 5:15:00 pm IST UTC+5:30 hours
Corresponding UTC (GMT) Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11:45:00
— and wouldn’t you know, they were. This means that Victor doesn’t even have to do an adjustment to come see his daughter’s boyfriend race: when this is all over he’ll just popped back to his hotel room in India, use a little transformation magic to get a good nights sleep, and be ready to race in the morning. Which means he’ll be completely wide-awake the whole time he spending the morning with his daughter and her boyfriend, and while he sitting in the stands likely critiquing the hell out of everything Kerry does on the course.
I’m not sure Annie will want to ask her parents to come to a race again after this.
In the meantime, were back in the hospital bed some days before Chapter Fourteen takes place. Now, what was it that Kerry wanted to ask?
(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)
As he knew both girls had been present at the Judgment Trial, there wasn’t a need for set up. “Do either of you think Lisa’s going to come after me on the course sometime soon?”
Rivânia, the Åsgårdsreia team captain, shrugged. “I would hope she wouldn’t—but then we all know Lisa.”
Annie set her hands in her lap and smirked. “We do know her—but you should know her the best, Riv. Do you think should do anything?
Rivânia sat against Bed #1 and crossed her feet at the ankles. “Deanna and I spoke with her after the wreck last weekend and while we let her know we were sorry to see her in the hospital, we also let her know that she more or less put herself there. I’ve given her two warnings about her racing this season; last weekend was the first Deanna gave her one.” The Uruguayan girl shook her head. “Trying to get through to her is like try to get through to a rock. She just doesn’t want to listen.”
Nadine snorted. “She’s like Emma was last season—only, she doesn’t have Emma’s intelligence.”
Annie affixed Nadine with a hard stare. “It took nearly the entire season to get through to Emma, however.”
“It did, but the big difference is when she realized just what a tremendous jerk she was becoming, she chilled out.” Nadine crossed her arms and stared down at the floor. “Lisa got talked to a lot last season and it doesn’t seem to have done a damn bit of good as she’s right back to the same shit this season.” She nodded to the girl on her left. “And it’s not Riv’s fault: she’s given her a lot of chances and she’s penalized her where it was necessary. It’s like she says: you can’t get through to Lisa. She just does what she damn well pleases.”
Kerry was aware Rivânia had likely done everything she could to make Lisa see the light and stop acting like an idiot when she raced. But, like the two team captains, he was also aware that Lisa didn’t take advice—at least not good advice. “So what you’re telling me is even if she’s warned, chances are good she’s going to come after me.”
“I’d say yeah, it’s a possibility. I mean, this weekend is the Samhain races—” Rivânia tilted her head from side to side a couple of times. “If she wants to make a big splash that everyone is gonna see, that’s the most likely time.”
“And then what happens to her?” Annie was a firm believer in preventive action, but with Lisa you couldn’t very well punish her simply on the premise that you felt she was going to do something. Even though everyone knew it was quite likely she would…
Now we have two race team captains–one whom has Lisa on her team–basically telling Kerry that he can expect some sort of retribution. Which Kerry kind of already figured out because he’s not an idiot. And here we see that Riv is kind of at her wit’s end because Lisa simply will not listen to good advice. While she may be a decent racer, her need to act like a complete ass hat on the course tends to overwhelm her intellect, which means it hurts her, her team, and usually someone else in the process.
Since we got the set up in this excerpt, that means tomorrow’s excerpt will probably answer Annie’s question. Or, we could learn that Isis is raising a herd of velociraptors in the north part of the school and she’s ready to turn them loose on misbehaving students.
Which, if you think about it, would make for an interesting chapter–