F-2: New Adult: RISKY

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Word Count: 74,000

Pitch: An overachieving career girl who lives by her five-year plan finds herself alone in Hong Kong – where she discovers love with a carefree artist who’s never had a plan in his life.

Excerpt:

“So I think I’m going to go home.”

Elena said this to me as I swigged from my bottle of San Miguel. She wouldn’t look me in the eyes. Instead, she stared down at her bowl of wiry brown noodles, jabbing at them with the fork she had procured from her purse. The emergency fork should have been my first indicator that she wasn’t comfortable in Hong Kong.

“What do you mean you think you’re going to go home?” I forced the words from the back of my throat, suppressing a cough from the mouthful of beer that I’d gulped. The bitter aftertaste burned the edges of my tongue. “We just got here eight hours ago. Our flight’s not for another week.”

“Well, when you were in the shower before, I called the airline and changed my return flight to tomorrow morning. So I think I’m going to go home.” She twirled the noodles repeatedly around her fork, watching them glisten, but never brought them to her mouth. It was the most perfect noodle I’d ever tasted, firm and salty, but here she was, wasting them with her mindless fiddling. I wanted to grab the fork from her pale, bony hand and stab her in the eye.

“What about me?”

“Oh, I didn’t change your ticket. You should stay,” she said. “You should definitely stay and enjoy the rest of your vacation.” It was now my vacation, not ours.

The din around us at the Temple Street Night Market began to fade and I felt a dull ache behind my eyes.

4 Comments

  1. Sara Megibow |

    I move this pawn 3 spaces. Wheeee!
    Sara Megibow

  2. Rachel Brooks |

    I move my pawn HOME!

  3. This one has definitely piqued my curiosity! I move my pawn five spaces.

  4. I move my pawn 3 spaces.

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