The Awakening of Russell Henderson

Every Sunday, I try to post an excerpt from my novel, The Awakening of Russell Henderson. Here’s another. The book is available at

After another session of beautiful sex, I remembered nothing until, “Get up sleepy head, we’re leaving in a half hour.” I opened my eyes and saw Hanna standing over me, dressed in yoga pants and a tight black Tee that read ‘Yoga Bitch’.

“What time is it? I was really asleep. How long have you been up?”

“Not long. Coffee’s ready. Mom made some killer muffins.”

“I’m going to have to pass. I have some phone calls to make, to Chicago and it’s already 10:30 there. I’ve put it off too long already. I have to let them know what’s up. Next time?”

Hanna looked at me, “What? You okay?”

“Not really. I have to call my boss at Americo.”

“Wow, what are you going to do? You’re not going back, are you?”

“I don’t know. Maybe this is all ridiculous. I can’t drive around, living in a camper. I have good position and make good money. It really wasn’t that bad. I feel better about my life. My parents would be happier. Maybe things would be better — ”

Hanna gave me  look. I couldn’t tell if it was a look of surprise, dismay, or anger or all three rolled into one.

She turned away and started toward the kitchen, “Let’s go, Mom. Russell’s not coming. He’s going back to fucking Chicago.”

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