STRANGER THAN FICTION
Gatwick Airport, London, 1982
Many people were embarking on Flight 19, a commercial airline one of many under British Airways Industries. There was nothing out of the ordinary of Flight 19, it was a standard yet stylish on the inside and sleek on the outside Boing 147 Aeroplane. The red, white and blue logo of British Airways Industries was emblazoned on the plane’s side. The plane was white like a dove, most of the passengers getting on to the aeroplane, were holiday makers, only a few of them like the gentleman up in front among a few others that were all dressed in 3 piece suits were typically business men.
Who were not taking a holiday, but business trips instead. The business men all looked virtually the same, most of them all wore black, apart from the man that wore a royal blue 3 piece suit, with matching tie, blue leather shoes, white shirt, and white socks were the only other colour on him, even his briefcase was blue, not black, like all of the other businessmen’s brief cases were.
This man was called Harold Johnson. He was 30 years old, he was as much as a snob as the other business men were on the plane, he sat however not among the others even they were far beneath him as far as he was concerned. He sat in a part of the plane that he had made sure to be all to himself. No one was allowed to sit in the same area that he had all to himself. Flight 19 was almost ready to take off, it was all completely full, two more last minute passengers got on and the air hostess took them directly to the private area that Harold had all to himself.
“What is the meaning of this intrusion?” Demanded Harold rather harshly, not caring for one moment who the air hostess had with her. “Please forgive me Sir. But this woman here, Mrs S Adler and her 1 year old girl Amy need seats, there none left Sir, apart from this area that you have all to yourself.” Harold looked at the air hostess as though he had just been insulted. “I thought I had made it perfectly clear that this area was to be not allowed anyone to be seated here!”
“Yes I know that Sir. But I hoped that you may consider. Mrs Adler and her little girl have no other place to sit.”
“So you have said. I am sure that Mrs Adler here and her little girl can catch the next flight home, or where ever it is they are going to.”
“But the next flight won’t be due for another two hours Sir!”
“I can’t see how waiting two hours will harm them. Now take these commoners out of my sight, before I call for security.”
“Please Mr Johnson, I beg of you, let them have two of the seats here. Don’t you have a heart?” Harold looked really insulted. “How dare you… I…”
“It’s okay air hostess. I do not want any trouble, we shall catch the next flight out as Mr Johnson here had suggested.” Amy looked as though she was going to cry. Sarah held onto Amy’s hand tightly trying to reassure her little girl. She then placed a dummy in Amy’s mouth, as she turned to leave.
“A wise choice you made there madam.” Remarked Harold, who looked as though disgusted to have such common people in his presence, no matter how smartly Sarah was dressed, or how pretty her little girl was dressed too. Tears fell down Amy’s sweet little face. The Air hostess was really not happy about this, but there was nothing that she could do. Mr Johnson was very influential and could buy up the entire Airport, if he wanted to do so. “I am so terribly sorry about happened back there Mrs Adler.”
Remarked the air hostess sounding really upset about having to lead Sarah and her little girl off the plane. “Oh it is quite alright. Please do not worry about me and my little girl. A man like that will only get what is coming to him.” Replied Sarah, oddly with a smile on her face. “I wish that were true Mrs Adler, I really do.” Replied the air hostess. As she got back onto the plane and Flight 19 began to move away. Sarah watched the plane leave and take off from the runway, holding a very upset little girl in her arms.
The sky was black, but alit with stars, there was a full moon out too. The weather was good, there was no clouds in sight. As Flight 19 reached the half way point, to the destination that it was bound for, clouds had begun to appear, they grew thick and black very quickly, before even the pilots of Flight 19 knew what was going on, there was a sudden fierce lighting storm. There was no way to avoid it, the strange thing was, that they had been given an all clear weather report.
This sudden weather change really should not be happening, or be possible for that matter. The passengers on the plane began to panic. There was no explanation as to the sudden storm. What had caused it? As Flight 19 passed into danger and into the unknown, it seemed unlikely that no one was going to ever survive that mysterious storm. But as suddenly as it came, it went also just as suddenly.
The passengers were confused, as so were the pilots of flight 19. With no way to explain what had happened, the flight captain of Flight 19 asked everyone not to ever mention the strange sudden storm. It was a freak one and since it did not last too long and no one got harmed. It seemed silly that anyone should mention it. So when Flight 19 finally touched down at an Airport in New York. None of the passengers said anything to anyone about it. It was as though it had never happened.
Everyone all got off and went their separate ways, the group of business men went off far too busy with their noses in their newspapers. To notice much of anything, was there something to notice? Not as far as everyone else was concerned, not even the air hostess who waved goodbye to one very happy looking little girl wearing a pretty frilly pink dress, holding the hand of her pretty Mummy, who was wearing a lovely white dress that had pink patterned printed flowers on it.
Nope, there was absolutely nothing odd or strange what so ever, other than that mysterious storm. Sarah smiled happily, as she walked hand in hand with her little baby girl. They got to where there was a taxi waiting for them, when suddenly a man jumped in front of them blocking their way. “Excuse me… But we were here first.” Remarked Sarah in disgust. “Not so Lady, I have to be somewhere very important and you’re not, so beat it and your little girl too.”
Just then the man rudely shoved Sarah right out of the way with such force, that she went flying on her back landing on her backside onto the ground, the taxi took off. Sarah got up, by all rights she should be furious, upset even. Oddly she shook her head. "Men! they never learn. Oh well… Here we go again…” Sarah uttered oddly before she and her little girl vanished from where they were stood.
TO BE CONTINUED…