Three friends get drunk one night and buy a lottery ticket together, and then they win. Kate Clayborn’s series, A Chance of a Lifetime follows Kit, Zoe and Greer as they navigate their lives a few months post win. Most of us dream of what we would do if we had a large chunk of money – pay off debts, buy a nice house, support family, and so on.
Kit said, “A house,” but what she thought was, home.
Zoe said, “An adventure,” but what she thought was, forgiveness.Greer said, “An education,” but what she thought was, freedom.
“Kit,” I call, once she’s a few steps away. She turns to look at me, a question in her eyes. I should not, I should not say what I’m about to say, but I guess almost always say the wrong thing around Kit, so at least I’m being consistent. “What I said before, about you being the gem?”“Yeah?”“You’re that—you’re that, anywhere. Even if you don’t go to Texas.”
Sure, winning the lottery allows Zoe Ferris to quit her job as a cutthroat corporate attorney, but no amount of cash will clear her conscience about the way her firm treated the O’Leary family in a wrongful death case. So she sets out to make things right, only to find gruff, grieving Aiden O’Leary doesn’t need—or want—her apology. He does, however, need something else from her.
That’s the truth about making mistakes, about making the wrong choices. You live with them, and if you’re lucky you get enough perspective to see where you went astray. You figure out what you can do to repair the damage, and you figure out how to do better going forward.
Here’s a thing most people don’t think about: how a granite countertop feels on your forehead after you’ve been facedown on it for fifteen minutes, confessing to your best friend what you’ve just done in the dark with your other best friend’s brother. It’s pleasantly cool, particularly if you make occasional shifts, setting your warm skin on some untouched region, like flipping over your pillow in the middle of the night. But it’s also punishingly hard, a brutal reality check for your face, all your bones sharp and jutting and in the way.