Today's contributor has offered us the first page of his YA novel. Let us know in the comment section below, if you would read on or place this back on the shelf.
A scream ripped my attention from the airline magazine. In the next instant, a muffled explosion erupted somewhere outside the airplane.
“They’re shooting at us!” a man shouted.
The Boeing 747 shuddered into a gut-wrenching dive. Instantly my trip to Israel as an exchange student transformed into a pandemonium of shrieking, shouting, terrified passengers.
“What’s happening? Who’s shooting?” I yelled into the chaos.
Was it a fighter jet? Or maybe missiles shooting up from ground launchers? From where I sat in the middle, I couldn’t see whatever the passengers at the windows were shouting about.
A second explosion rocked the airliner.
The grandmother beside me clutched my arm and dug in with eagle talons. “We’re going to crash!”
I still didn’t know what was happening, but in that instant I figured the old woman was right. Only seventeen years old—and I was about to die.
Yellow oxygen masks dropped from the overhead bins. Just as I reached for mine, a final explosion practically blasted my ears off. Just that fast, the airliner was gone! Instead of airplane, I glimpsed alternating blue sky, brown earth, and tumbling wreckage as my body somersaulted through icy air. My lungs gasped for breath.
In terror I shut eyes and uttered a final prayer: “God! I’m yours!”
WOULD YOU READ ON?
Last weeks contributor was published author Marlene Banks. Marlene takes true moments in Black American history and brings these unknown stories to light by wrapping them in fiction. Her third title releases Oct 1st and is titled Greenwood and Archer. Greenwood and Archer continues the story from Son of a Preacherman, a Feb 2012 release. Connect with Marlene at her FB page.