Title - Sarah's Awakening
Genre - Multicultural Contemporary Romance
“I can not believe I actually did this.” The words
muttered for her ears alone. Sarah’s forehead rested
on the cool window of the bus as her head rocked
slightly from side to side. Her eyelids lifted slowly
and she focused, through her reflection, on the fields
flying by at what seemed to be ninety miles per hour,
the bustling city streets of Lima a long distant
memory. Sitting up in her seat, Sarah pulled her
attention from the mountain scenery and read once more
the advertisement clutched in her fist.
Caravanas de Amor. Free bus trips for women from Lima
to isolated rural villages, which most of the native
females have long since abandoned for cities, leaving
behind the single men. The three week adventure
promises fun and dancing (and possible romance).
Hotel and meals paid for. To join the next trip, show
up at the Sonesta Posada Del Inca on Monday at nine
o’clock in the morning.
Sarah let the words sink in and processed the
possibilities to come. Her head returned to rest on
the window and rocked from side to side as her eyes
closed once more. The bus jostled along the dirt road
toward Tarma, Peru, and somewhere beyond that, her
mysterious new home for the next three weeks.
The other ladies on the bus chatted amongst themselves
as their destination grew ever closer. Sarah picked
up a stray word here and there. “I should have kept
up with my Spanish. How am I going to get by in some
isolated village? I’m sure they don’t speak English.”
The Spanish words flooded her ears as realization
dawned. “Doing things impulsively to prove someone
wrong isn’t always the best idea. I should have
thought this through.” With nothing to do but await
the buses destination, Sarah relaxed into the steady
rhythm of the ancient bus as it traveled down the now
gravel road and drifted off to sleep.