I hope everyone had a great week.
For Christian Fiction Friday, here are six paragraphs (since we're in the sixth month of the year) about Kennedy. She is in the middle of her chemistry final exam when she has to leave the test.
Outside the lecture hall, she coughed so hard she thought she might throw up. Doubled over, hacking on the floor, she remembered the young girl who had been kidnapped with her. Hopelessness wrapped its unyielding, icy tentacles around Kennedy’s body. She couldn’t stop the coughing, just like she hadn’t been able to stop the bleeding so long ago. Helpless. Victimized. Paralyzed.
She still had to finish her test. She couldn’t let her mind sink to these depths. She would pray. She wound find a way to take these thoughts captive. She was shaking now. Her whole body was like the little vibrating ball that had terrified her puppy Duke so much when her family still lived in New York.
She stumbled to the drinking fountain and waited for her breathing to calm down. The first attempt at a drink failed and sent snot-flavored water burning her sinus passages. The second try didn’t do much better, but by the third attempt she could manage a few sips. She didn’t dare try a deep inhale, but she could take a few short breaths before she had to cough again.
This was ridiculous. She had a final to finish. Her last test of the semester. If she didn’t get back to the lecture hall soon, Adell really would blame her for cheating.
She just needed to pray more. Isn’t that what her Sunday school teachers and youth group leaders always said? You’re in trouble. Pray about it. Your parents are so busy training underground missionaries they don’t even care that you brought home another straight-A report card. Pray about it. You’re ready to take your last final of the semester, but a horrible coughing fit has got you trapped outside in the hall because you know the moment you walk in you’re going to become one gasping, wheezing, coughing mess once more?
Pray about it.
If any of you have dealt with anything similar to what Kennedy has, you'll probably know she might not be going about it in quite the right way. We'll just has to see what happens next. :)
Summer Bargain: My suspense novel, Slave Again, is on sale this week for 99 cents. This one deals with human trafficking on the North-Korea/Chinese border.