Happy Friday, guys! Today's Christian Fiction Friday post comes from page 4 of my next Kennedy Stern novel (since today is the 4th of September). Kennedy is trying to take a chemistry final while she's still freaked out about her kidnapping from last fall.
Their chemistry finals eventually made it to the back of the hall.
“Good luck,” Reuben whispered, clicking the back of his mechanical pencil.
She pried her eyes away from the other students. She had to focus. She took a deep breath and skimmed the problems on the first page. She could do this. It would be just fine.
A tickle in the back of her throat. Was she catching a cold? No, she couldn’t get sick. She had to fly to Baltimore tomorrow to spend Christmas with her aunt. It wasn’t the same as going home to her parents in Yanji, but at least she’d be out of Boston. Vinny couldn’t reach her there. He was smart, but he wasn’t that clever, was he? How easy was it to keep track of someone’s travel plans? There were dozens of airlines that flew out of Logan each day, right? Surely he couldn’t have hacked into them all.
No, she couldn’t think like that. She had a test. A test she was supposed to ace. That’s all that mattered. There were a hundred people here. She was safe.
She cleared her throat, and a few other students coughed back at her. She licked her lips, felt Reuben’s glance, and attacked the first problem.
She was halfway through the second page when it came again. That tickle. Why hadn’t she thought to bring a water bottle? Or a cough drop? She tore off a corner of her test and spit out her gum. She let out three coughs, loud enough for Professor Adell to frown at her from way down at the front of the lecture hall.
A nice deep breath. That’s all she needed. But when she tried, her lungs refused to expand and convulsed instead. More stares. She coughed again.
Reuben turned his head. “Are you ok?”
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