The flight attendant requested that seatbelts and tray tables be readied for take-off. But as Jenna reached for hers, there was an ungodly scream from right next to her. Instinctively she put her hand out to sooth the child.
“Shhh, it’s okay, sweetheart,” she said without thinking.
Suddenly she stopped and looked up in embarrassment. He was staring at her over the child’s head. Nothing moved. All she could see were the incredible blue eyes gazing right through her soul.
The squirming between them brought them both back to reality.
“Lane,” the man said harshly. “Settle down!”
However, Lane continued to squirm and was now starting to scream.
“Here.” Jenna grabbed up her purse and reached inside. “Look what I have.” She produced a sucker from the depths of the bag and held it out to Lane who reached for it without hesitation. She unwrapped it and handed it to him just as she realized what she had done.
“Oh!” she said more embarrassed than before. “I’m sorry. Do you mind?”
“Are you kidding me?” The man blinked and then smiled. “I think you’re our savior.”
She looked down at Lane already happily munching away on the sucker, and it was clear he was not going to relinquish it anytime soon. It was all she could do not to reach out and touch him. He looked like a tiny angel that had alighted on earth. “He’s precious.”
“Thanks.” The man settled Lane back into his own seat and buckled him in before checking his own. He was young, early thirties she guessed though she didn’t dwell there. He smiled at her again with an impish, weary shrug. “But you might have a different opinion by the time this ride is over.”
About Flight 259
(Part of The Hope Series by Staci Stallings)
In the past year Dr. Scott Browning’s life has been turned upside-down and then put through an emotional blender. The perfect life he thought he was building with his wife and son turned out to be a mirage that dissipated like a puff of smoke. Left to raise his young son on his own, Scott knows his parenting skills need work. The beautiful stranger who sits by them on their flight home seems to parent his son with no trouble at all. However, when life takes a turn right into a deathtrap, Scott may not live long enough to put what she’s teaching him into practice or to see if she could be his second chance.
How do you go on when you’ve lost your heart? Jenna Davis has no idea. She’s trying, and she’s tried. Really she has. But the tragedy that changed her life forever just won’t let her move on. However, no one else seems to understand that, so determined to make them all happy and maybe find a little peace, she leaves Texas bound for New Jersey and a vacation she has no desire to take. But Flight 259 will change Jenna’s life forever. She wasn’t looking for love, but love might just have found her…
A smidge about the journey this one has taken to get here:
“Flight 259” was the first novel (other than the handwritten one in 8th grade) that I ever finished, and that was over 17 years ago. I don’t know why God has chosen to wait what feels like “this long!” to me, but I know He has His reasons. What I do know is all these years later, people who read that very first version of this story still ask when I’m planning to put this one out. They’ll say things like, “Well, this one was good, but when are you going to put out that Flight one? I really want to read that again.”
To think, they remember a story they read all those years ago in a Kinko-printed, 3-punched-holes notebook. Something tells me the readers God has sent me since then might enjoy it too!
About Staci Stallings
A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers, including five Amazon Best Sellers. Her books run from YA to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure!
Staci Stallings Online: http://www.stacistallings.net
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