TITLE: A Change of Plans
GENRE: Women’s Lit
Having met on a long plane ride to Fiji and sharing a private boat ostensibly to the hotel, Killian and Katrine are stranded on a remote, deserted island after blowing up the boat and killing the two men who were kidnapping Killian: the captain and Jonathan, Killian’s midlife crisis boyfriend.
“What the bloody hell?” he said as a horrific scream pierced the air. He tried to run, noticing that he was maneuvering well now in his leg irons. Two minutes later he reached Katrine, who was standing on the edge of the water, still screaming, staring into the bay. He wondered how he was going to survive even a day with this woman. “What’s wrong with you?” he demanded. In response she pointed toward an outcropping of coral, then turned and ran. He looked in the direction she had pointed, where several birds were perched in the water. His entire body began to shake as he realized they were picking at the remains of Jonathan, stuck on the coral that was now exposed at low tide. He dry heaved several times before falling to the ground. This can’t be real, he thought. Five minutes passed before he was able to stand up. He made his way back to their clearing, where he found Katrine rocking back and forth, her knees pulled up under her chin. He sat down and put his arm around her, needing the comfort as much for his own sake as for hers.
“It’s okay,” he said gently. “I’m glad he’s dead. It was us or them. You were right - we’ll make the most of this until we get rescued. I will not let Jonathan win. But I can’t help until these leg irons are off. Can we please work on that now?”