Busy weekend is through being busy, and I’m sorta back to normal. I actually spent part of the day cooking yesterday, hung out with some of the people from my team, and came home to relax and watched Whip It, because what else is a roller girl gonna watch?
Oh, and I started Chapter Sixteen–
I know, it’s not a lot: almost two hundred and fifty words, but I was tired and cranky and I really felt like going to sleep at nine-thirty last night. And I wanted to get this started so I could at least say the end of Act One is one its way. And as you can see, once though this scene it’s on to the dance and probably on to the bonfire and garden–and off to bed–as has happened in the last two novels.
Really, it’s a good way to end the first third of the book.
And speaking of ends it’s time to patch up Kerry and move on with the story. So let’s do that:
(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)
Pavlina tugged on her husband’s arm. “Come along, my sweetness, and let Annie say her goodbyes.” She glanced at her daughter. “We’ll be down in the Dining Hall waiting for you, honey.”
Annie waited until she was certain they were completely alone before she leaned over and kissed Kerry. “And that’s my congratulation.”
“Is that for winning?” Kerry couldn’t keep the smile from his face.
“It’s for all the racing, but I know how hard you fought for that win.” She touched his right shoulder, running her fingers over the racing uniform he still wore. “I’m certain you had a few reasons that you wanted to win so badly.”
“Like having a certain famous Cernunnos coven racer in attendance today?”
“That would be one reason.”
“Well, you’ll be happy to know you’ve impressed him.”
“And that is a good thing.” Kerry stared up at the ceiling for a few seconds. “I’m glad this is all over: at least nothing else is going to happen to me today.”
Annie lightly rubbed Kerry’s cheek. “Don’t say that: we haven’t gotten to the dance yet—”
Now you know: Annie’s mom calls Annie’s father “My sweetness”, which is just a short jump to “My love”. Like mother, like daughter, right? And when Annie lets Kerry know they haven’t gotten to the dance yet when he says nothing else will happen to him, is she just talking about dancing? Hum?
Anyway, time to leave, Annie!
“And you’re never going to get there if you don’t get the hell out and let me make your soul mate all better.” Coraline stood about a half a meter behind Annie tapping her foot. “You should go join your parents for dinner.”
Annie slowly turned to face the school’s doctor. “How long is he going to be out?”
“About forty-five minutes, that’s all.”
After Annie hurried out of the bay Coraline was finally able to give her patient some attention. “It’s nice you have a fan base, but sometimes they get in the way.”
Kerry did his best to shrug your shoulders while laying down. “Sorry about that.”
“You don’t have to be.” She winked at him. “I’m just messing with you.” Coraline held up the vial in her right hand. “You know how this works, right?”
“Sure do: drink it, wait a minute, go into rigor mortis for about ten seconds, fall asleep.”
“Spoken like a true expert.” Coraline help raise Kerry’s head so he could drink the mixture: once he was finished she set him down. “Okay, rest up. I see you in a bit.” She closed the privacy curtain so Kerry wouldn’t be disturbed.
Kerry lay on the bed staring up at the ceiling, feeling the mixture course through his body as he relaxed. The day started out rough and had become difficult throughout the afternoon, but now that he was lying here, waiting for his medication to take effect, he finally felt a bit of peace starting to—
His jaw clamped shut as his body grew rigid. Kerry didn’t try to fight the feeling: he allowed it to grip him as he knew it would and quickly. In a few seconds it was and he went limp for a few seconds, feeling completely relaxed, before slipping into unconsciousness…
Kerry’s finally on the mend and it won’t be long before he can go and get ready for the dance.
Though maybe something else will happen to him first…