Callie’s Star, Chapter 1. ARRIVING
By Patty Wilber
So, I wrote a book a long time ago. Of course, it is a horse book. I thought to update and serialize it and post one or two chapters a month. So, here is chapter one…
It took a lot longer to get Chapter one in order than I thought it would, so this may be a bad idea…
Chapter One. ARRIVING
Callie was afraid she was going to barf.
She held the motion sickness bag near her mouth, but the white smell of the bag took her back to the hospital. The flight attendant with the rattling drink cart was a hurried nurse with squeaky white shoes. The gray of her mother’s face against a wrinkled hospital pillow case floated in front of her. Sometimes the afternoon sunlight had lighted her mother’s hair, reviving its past gold, and she had almost looked well.
She squeezed her eyelids tight and drew in gulps of cool air streaming from the airplane vent overhead. She crushed the bag in her fist and pressed her head against the seat in front of her until she could feel the fabric making ridges on her forehead. She dozed off.
Callie felt a soft nudge on her shoulder. “Please put your seat in the upright position. We are getting ready to land. Wait in your seat after we have stopped and I will walk you out.”
Callie fingered the ID around her neck. She was a minor travelling alone.
The plane felt as though it were sinking beneath her. Callie held down the sudden rising of her stomach as the plane’s tires bumped the runway and its engines roared suddenly loader as the thrust-reversers slowed them down.