Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you're staying healthy, peaceful, and WARM!
It's time for a Christian Fiction Friday post! Today's snippet comes form the most recent Kennedy Stern novel, Turbulence. Kennedy and her roommate Willow are about to hop on a plane to spend Christmas break in rural Alaska.
Kennedy breathed in the frothy steam wafting from her hot chocolate. She warmed her hands on the red and white cup, relishing the heat that coursed up her veins to her core, remembering how anxious she’d started out this semester. How terrified she’d been at the prospect of taking two lab classes at once. As it turned out, organic chemistry wasn’t nearly the nightmare she’d come to expect. Sure, it was a lot of memorization, but you’d do all right as long as you didn’t fall behind.
And if there was anything Kennedy learned at Harvard so far, it was how to stay on top of her work, no matter what was going on around her. Kidnappings, panic attacks, race riots, murder investigations — she had survived them all. And now she was about to embark on a brand new adventure in Alaska, land of ice and moose and glaciers. Willow had told her they might even get to see the aurora borealis. Kennedy had never witnessed the northern lights before and hoped they’d come out at least once on her trip.
While Willow texted, Kennedy stared around at all the people, the hustle and bustle of the crowded Logan terminal. So many people going home, visiting family, reuniting with loved ones. Last year, she’d spent Christmas break getting chased by a murderous stalker. Not the most festive way to get into the holiday spirit.
Now, her heart was as cheerful as Scrooge’s magnanimous nephew Fred. She’d made it through another semester with only one or two minor panic attacks on her record. She had every reason to expect a good report card, with all As except for a possible B-plus in organic chem lab. She’d worked hard, and now she was on her way to Alaska, which felt even more foreign than far-east China where her parents lived as missionaries.
The hot chocolate nearly burned her tongue as she took another sip.
She deserved this vacation. And she was going to enjoy every single moment of it.