Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you've all had a great week.
I'm finishing up edits on Unplanned, my first US-based suspense novel. Exciting times (until, you know, I think about that blurb I'm going to have to write soon ...).
The following scene was inspired by one of my friends, Anne, who sort of fell in love with the youth pastor Nick while she beta read an earlier version of Unplanned. She insisted he simply had to drive a VW bus, and being the accommodating friend I am, I complied.
Since today is the 20th, I included 20 sentences in today's Christian Fiction Friday post.
Kennedy laughed when she saw Nick standing in front of a VW bus that looked about as old as her dad. “You actually drive this?”
He grinned and held the passenger door open. “It’s the youth group van, actually. I prefer my bike, but I didn’t think you’d be up for a ten-mile ride.”
She laughed, even though the movement shot pain through her back muscles and made her cringe. “Yeah, maybe not.”
He tapped the hood, which had a painted picture of a tie-dye Jesus fish about to swallow up a cartoon-style shark. “What do you think?”
Kennedy was too overwhelmed by so many colors to form a personal opinion. “Is that Michelangelo?” She pointed to a picture of a Ninja Turtle surfing with a Bible in one hand.
“Nah. Donatello. I was going to make it Jesus, but Carl pulled the senior pastor card on me and said it would be irreverent.” He tapped the windshield. “I did get the Peter, James, and John bobble-head set, though. You can see it better once we’re inside.”
“So you did all this yourself?” Kennedy eyed the sunset scene painted on the passenger side. Looking closer, she saw the individual Bible verses stenciled in to form the branches of the palm tree.
“Like it?” he beamed.
“It suits you well,” was all she could manage.
Random Fact: When I worked at a girls' home in Vermont, I sometimes had to drive their 15-passenger van. I may or may not have gotten it stuck in the snow on more than one occasion.
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