By Jennifer E. Smith
Who might have guessed that 4 mins might switch everything?Today may be one of many worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's existence. She's caught at JFK, overdue to her father's moment marriage ceremony, that is occurring in London and consists of a quickly to be step-mother that Hadley's by no means even met. Then she meets the correct boy within the airport's cramped ready quarter. His identify is Oliver, he is British, and he is in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A. Twists of destiny and quirks of timing play out during this considerate novel approximately kinfolk connections, moment percentages and primary loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's tale will make you think that real love reveals you if you find yourself least looking forward to it.
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Because how could she possibly go to sleep with him beside her like this? His elbow is brushing against hers and their kneecaps are nearly touching; there’s a dizzying smell to him, too, a wonderfully boyish mixture of deodorant and shampoo. He pulls a few things from his pocket, thumbing through a pile of change until he eventually finds a lint-covered piece of wrapped candy, which he offers her first, then pops into his mouth. ” she asks, her nose wrinkled. “Ancient. ” “Let me guess,” she says.
It’s top secret,” he tells her, his face utterly serious. ” “Gee, thanks,” she says. “Can you at least tell me your major? ” “Probably psychology,” he says. ” “Ah,” Hadley says. ” Oliver laughs. ” “That’s true,” he says. ” He gives her a sideways smile. ” Behind him, an elderly woman pauses at their row, squinting down at her ticket. She’s wearing a flowered dress and has white hair so delicate you can see right through to her scalp. Her hand trembles a bit as she points at the number posted above them.
She tried to still her frenzied mind, to bring forth some soothing memory, but her brain refused to cooperate. Her face was prickly with heat, and it was hard to focus. “Pretend you’re at the beach,” he said. “Or the sky! Imagine the sky, okay? ” Hadley screwed her eyes shut and forced herself to picture it, the vast and endless blue marred only by the occasional cloud. The deepness of it, the sheer scope of it, so big it was impossible to know where it ended. She felt her heart begin to slow and her breathing grow even, and she unclenched her sweaty fists.