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CHASING ETERNITY: A Novel by Dianne Ducharme [Excerpt]

CHASING ETERNITY: A Novel by Dianne Ducharme [Excerpt]

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Chasing Eternity by Diann Ducharme

Chapter One
Ryan Abernathy’s long legs loped up the treadmill’s steep incline. His eyes trained on the beige wall in front of him, he thought of nothing except his body’s wellbeing. The daily six miles completed, Ryan wiped his head and neck with a towel and made his way to the kitchen. Assembling ingredients and piling them into a blender, he stabbed the “puree” button with a determined forefinger. He ran a hand over his toned torso as he watched the organic
Chasing Eternity by Diann Ducharme

Chapter One
Ryan Abernathy’s long legs loped up the treadmill’s steep incline. His eyes trained on the beige wall in front of him, he thought of nothing except his body’s wellbeing. The daily six miles completed, Ryan wiped his head and neck with a towel and made his way to the kitchen. Assembling ingredients and piling them into a blender, he stabbed the “puree” button with a determined forefinger. He ran a hand over his toned torso as he watched the organic

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Chasing Eternity 
by Diann Ducharme
Chapter One
Ryan Abernathy’s long legs loped up the treadmill’s steep incline. His eyestrained on the beige wall in front of him, he thought of nothing except his body’swell-being. The daily six miles completed, Ryan wiped his head and neck with a toweland made his way to the kitchen. Assembling ingredients and piling them into ablender, he stabbed the “puree” button with a determined forefinger.He ran a hand over his toned torso as he watched the organic blueberries andstrawberries, soy yogurt, soy milk, honey and shelled hemp seeds mix rapidly intomush. He made a mental note that a cup contained approximately 200 calories; hecould eat another 800 calories today.He poured the mixture into a glass and carried it to the kitchen table, wherehis biochemistry textbook waited for him, along with his neatly lined up bottles of vitamins and supplements. He prescribed to a daily regimen that includedmultivitamins, capsules of fish oils, and supplements of muscadine grape,Coenzyme Q10, turmeric, milk thistle, ashwaganda and bacopa, all of which hadbeen shown to neutralize the free radicals that roamed a body, damaging thebody’s cells and leading to premature aging. He washed the pills down with a glassof water, then popped a tablet of anti-anxiety medication into his mouth andswallowed.
 
Humming tunelessly, he scooted his stainless steel chair closer to the tableand opened the textbook, reading a few paragraphs and analyzing a chart. Then hedrained the glass of the smoothie and dropped onto the white linoleum to do somepush-ups. He felt so capable, he clapped his hands together after each upwardthrust.At push-up number 53, he heard a knock on his apartment door.He knew that it was Rose Buxton, a fellow research associate with thegenetics of longevity study. She was the only friend whom he had felt comfortableenough asking to drive him to the Dulles airport.“Ew,” she said, eyeing his sweaty t-shirt as she strolled inside. She smelled of a dry October day in Virginia.“You’re early,” he noted. “I haven’t showered yet.”“Are you packed at least?”“Almost.”She pulled open the refrigerator door and peered inside. “Looks like a year’ssupply of tofu in here.” She wrenched open the full crisper drawer. “Your vegetablesare going to go bad while you’re in Ireland, you know.”“You want to take them home with you?”“Ha ha, very funny.”Ryan smiled. Rose was a happily chubby 30-year-old medical student,studying to be a pathologist. A year ago, he had been on a date with her, at her

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