In the Fall Line, my main character, Mia, has been trying to make a comeback to her ski racing career after an accident. Her best friend, Tin (Christina) has left the team and taken her life in another direction.
If there was a record for fastest birth, Tin might have broken it. Anna Mia Wilder, 7 pounds and 4 ounces, was born one hour after we'd arrived at the hospital. I didn't have much experience with babies and the thing that struck me was how tiny she was, and how vividly alive as she cried and opened and shut her miniature fingers. Jack held her in his arms as though she were made of glass until she quieted and then handed her back to Tin. Both of them were lit up like Christmas trees, elated wouldn't begin to describe it. A mix of things roiled through my gut, happiness for Tin and Jack, amazement at the tiny human they'd made together, and a kind of sadness, like I was outside with my nose pressed to the glass wishing for what was inside the window