Once more, another passage from early in our manuscript Same Time Tomorrow, with Chloe in an introspective moment.
Mom would have been horrified if she'd seen me do that, Chloe thought. But that wasn't true. Her mother was blissfully unfamiliar with the gesture commonly known as "the finger." if it had been explained to her, Linda Masters would have concluded that her daughter had been living in New York far too long. Everyone knew about New York. It was a fast-paced city populated by rude, self-absorbed barbarians.
That's what people in the Flyover teach their kids so we won't come here, Chloe thought, smiling for the first time. They don't realize it makes us want to come here even more.
The Flyover...the midsection of the country, so nicknamed because anyone who was anyone never actually went there, they just flew over it en route to the East or West Coasts. It was like geographic Purgatory.