Monday, August 10, 2015

Excerpts from Hearts Over Mind

Yeah, just because I interviewed Karina again on Sunday, you thought it was all over, didn't you?  Well, you were wrong! Because I've got one more bit of fun from Karina.



Anyway....This one's a bit of a comedy

A Novella of the Mind Over Trilogy

Finally, Josh and Sachiko are getting married, but when events threaten their big day, they may need alien intervention to secure their happily ever after.

Finally, Sachiko is marrying Joshua! But the wedding she dreamed of is turning into a nightmare. Her Japanese grandmother has bought her wedding kimono, but not only is it psych-ward pink, but it also comes with a tsunokakushi, the traditional headdress to “hide her horns of jealousy and independence.” Her stubborn independence may be all that gets her through the crazy days before the wedding. Joshua’s fame means she’s getting touted and berated as “the future Mrs. Joshaham.” Not to mention, everyone else is planning their big day but her. She copes by concentrating on her internship, yet even that goes awry when, two days before the wedding, her efforts to save a patient’s life leave him in a permanent coma. To top it off, her cousins get Joshua so drunk, he nearly drowns at his own bachelor party! Can she find the right balance of independence and humility to navigate the disasters and capture the joy of her wedding day?


Hospital Scene:

Disconsolate people filled every chair and lined the walls of the waiting room. Sachiko slowed to a halt. What happened? Had there been some major accident or…
Heads turned, and she realized half the room was filled with people they’d invited to their wedding.
The bachelor party swarmed her and started jabbering in three languages. Uncle Hiro shoved his abashed sons before her, forcing them into kneeling positions. “My fool sons took me too seriously.”
“We’re so sorry. We didn’t think sake would be such bad luck for your gaijin!”
"It is if you spike it," Shank snickered.
“It’s not their fault,” her cousin Jonny countered. He was leaning against her cousin Ray, but she couldn’t tell if he was intoxicated or too upset to stand. Probably both; he shoved away from their cousin to fall at her feet, nearly topping Masuto and Mikio. He clasped her knees, sobbing. ”It’s my fault! The whole plank thing was my idea. I almost killed your future husband!”
“That’s bullshit, Sachiko,” Joshua’s friend Carl grabbed Jonny by the shoulder and pulled him back. He had a bruise under his cheek and fury in his eyes. “We had everything under control until some idiot called the cops. Hate crimes? Do we look like racists?’
Sabrina and LaTisha had dragged Riqué to the corner and were laying into him in Spanish. He just kept shaking his head. He held a rosary in a death grip. Liz, meanwhile, had pulled her twin, Vince, aside and was giving him similar treatment in Italian, as was Lenny’s fiancé to him in English. Two of her cousins were hissing warnings not to mention that their cousin Leo might have been at the party.
Sachiko pressed a hand to her forehead. Four languages buzzed in her head, getting more meaningless even as the volume rose. The duty nurse had started to rise from her station, and two cops were heading her way.
“All right!” Sachiko snapped, and for a miracle, the group around her shut up. “Liz, Sabrina. Basta! Enough! This is a hospital. Where’s my fiancé?”
Riqué pointed at the secure doors. “That way. His parents are with him. ‘Ko, I’m sorry. Oh, God, I’m so sorry!”
“Who’s sober in this group?” she demanded. Riqué raised his hand partway, but from behind the crowd, Gary said, “That’d be me, honey.”
They parted to let him through. His high-heeled sandals clacked on the tile. The gold sequins matched the eye shadow and glitter spray in his hair.
Sachiko’s mouth opened and shut, but nothing came out. Helplessly, she waved her hands, palms up, at him. What other madness had the night brought?

After Surgery:
Peter and Joseph stood behind their mother, each gripping one of her shoulders. She wished Dr. Prakash had suggested his office, where the three could huddle together on the comfortable couch while she explained. Instead, Elise was left exposed, clinging to her sons’ hands as she braced herself.
They could all see there was a dark cloud in the happy ending, and she ached at how strong the boys were trying to be. The oldest was something like seventeen. Would he curse my name if his college fund goes to ICU bills?
She couldn’t think about that now. At least the waiting area was quiet and empty except for a nurse fiddling with a bouquet of roses while yawing her way through the last of the shift, and some guy pacing in the corner while talking on his cell phone. She took a calming breath without letting it show.
“We’re not out of the woods yet, Elise.” As gently as she could, she explained the complications, the coma, the chances of his recovering either partially or fully.
Elise closed her eyes, digesting the information. When she opened them, she gave Sachiko a sad but hopeful smile. “We believe in miracles. You’ve given him that chance. Thank you. Can we see him?”
Sachiko watched as the duty nurse led them away, and as soon as they were down the hall and Chris had headed off to change, she slumped forward, pressing the heels of her hands against her eyes to push back tears of stress and exhaustion. Had she made room for a miracle or just set that poor family up for years of pain?
If she could, she’d just go home and sleep until the wedding.
She heard the squeak of rubber soles on the tile, and then a nurse tapped her arm. “Um, Dr. Luchese? I’m sorry, but it’s just… There’s a man who’s been waiting for you for the past hour and a half…”
Sachiko looked up to see Gary, the personal assistant and Do-Fer for Chipotle, hang up his phone. He tapped his wrist at her and pointed at the TV. The news was showing someone’s cell phone footage of her fiancé playing the hotel’s piano, his dreadlocks bouncing as he poured all his emotions into the song. Even unaware, that man knew how to play to the cameras.
The interview!

By day, Karina is a mild-mannered reviewer of business software and services for After hours, she’s a psychic intent on saving the world; a snarky dragon who thinks he saves the world all-too regularly, a zombie exterminator who just wants her world clear of undead vermin, and nuns whose callings have taken them off our world. Needless to say, her imagination is vast, her stories legion, and her brain crowded. When she’s not converting her wild tales to stories, she’s enjoying time with her husband, Rob, their four kids, and their two dogs. 

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1 comment:

  1. I just want to note that the scenes are out of order. Sachiko is a neurosurgeon-in-training and two days before the wedding, her patient nearly died on the table and was in a persistent coma. Then that night was the disastrous bachelor party that put her fiance in the hospital.

    I guess I wasn't too clear about suggesting Declan pick one. LOL


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