I was fighting my way through the office. It was Friday and everybody seemed to be anxious to get home as quick as possible. I reached the elevator just in time, but only because I shouted with all I had, and scared the old poor man out of his senses. The smell of sweat and sweet perfume filled the room, and I couldn’t wait till I was on the plain, flying to my baby in San Francisco.
I looked at my watch and started to sweat a bit; only and hour till the plain left ! I rushed out the door, and almost knocked an old lady of her feet.
“Taxi !” There. A young Japanese was driving, and lead us right in in the traffic. – Shit! Only half an hour to go ! The traffic moved slow, and I was almost on my way to get out of the car and walk, when we suddenly, by surprise, got out of the block, and headed of to the airport.
-Come on….I handed the man a 50$, witch was way too much, and ran inside. The gate was blinking, `Flight 703 to San Francisco is now closing.´ “NO !” I ran all I had, just to see the door was closed in front of my nose. “ Shit !”
I sank down by the wall. The feel of loneliness and anger reached me.
“ I couldn’t help noticing that you missed your plain. Where were you headed ?” I looked up at him. He was wearing a suit, and looked like some kind of a stockbroker, “ San Francisco, “ I answered, wondering why he even bothered to ask. “ Oh, San Francisco ? I think it’s your lucky day my friend. You see, I’m also on my way there.
-So ? How could that help me ? “ Well…” He looked me straight in my eyes, “ I have a plain of my own, and I was kind of hoping you’d share your company with me. You know, boring travelling alone.
-Was he some kind of a freak, inviting completely strangers into his plain, or would I be the crazy one if I accepted ?
I was really longing for my girlfriend, and this would be my last opportunity to see her in weeks.
“ Ben. Ben Davis.” I handed out my hand to him and smiled. “ Good, “ he just said. “ Travis Nash here. “
Few minutes later we where in the plain. He took a last check over , and off we where. “Lovely day isn’t it ?” I turned and just nodded. “ Already with your girlfriend, ey ? Ey ?”
He pushed me a bit. “ Well….” I got a bit embarrassed.
“ Well you shouldn’t ! “ He raised his voice and looked angrily at me. Now this guy really gave me the creeps. What the heck was he talking about ? “ Oh, don’t be so stupid ! Remember back in highschool ?” My brain started working. “ Remember Sarah ? Sarah Goodwill ? She was my girlfriend, or at least till you came and took her away from me ! Do you remember me now ? “ Well…..Oh my God, Your Sarah’s ex-boyfriend, the one who beaten her , and was put in jail for killing a man in a burglary !” My heart started pounding.
“ Oh, you make it sound so harsh.” He smiled. “ But they all had it coming to them !”
The plain suddenly lost height, and I couldn’t even scream. I was like nailed to the cheer. “ God damn you !” Travis straightened up the plain again. “ See what you make me do ? My head shivered.
“ So, what were we talking about ? Bikes ? Vacations ?..No, you taking off MY girlfriend !” “ Look, I didn’t take her away from no..” “ Don’t you dear calling me no one !” He pulled out a gun. “ No, I didn’t mean it like that..” “ And don’t make any excuses. It only makes you look weak. And by the way, why don’t we let Sarah tell us all about it, hmm ?” “ NO ! You leave Sarah out this, you here me ?”
“ You know, the show must have it’s star, otherwise it’s a bad show !”
“ You’ve been watching to many movies !” “ Why don’t you go and get her ? She’s in the back.”
“ No way. Sarah’s in San Fran..” “…Francisco, right, but not anymore. Take a look in the back if you don’t believe me !”
-Should I believe this guy ? Would he shoot me if I went back ? “ Go on. You have nothing to loose. Bring my baby in to me.”
In the back there weren’t so much, some boxes, can’s, and if I wasn’t mistaking, there lie a parachute there ! “ Have a look in the biggest box. And hurry !” –Oh my God, he had put Sarah in a box ? I hurried up all I could. The lid was heavy. “ Hmmamm” There she was, all gagged up. “ Sarah !” “ Oh Ben, I thought I’d never see you again.” She threw herself around my neck. “ Oh baby, are you all right ?” “ I’m better now.” She smiled a weak smile to me. “ Hey ! Don’t do anything stupid now. Bring her in to me !”
“ There you are babe. Oh it’s been such a long time now. But I never stopped loving you, you know. Come her and give me a kiss will you.”
“ Hey, you have no right..” Sarah squeezed my hand. “ Oh shut up !” I had never seen so much hate in a man before. She went over to him, and he gave her a kiss on the cheek.
“ There, now everything is all right again baby. You and me, we are destined to be together, and no one, no one is going to keep us a part.”
Let her go now, let us talk about it like grownups.” “ Oh will you shut up ! Sarah’s mine !” A deep pain went through me. “ NO !” Sarah screamed. I looked down at my arm, and I saw my white shirt turning all red.
When I woke up again, it was all dark. I lightened my watch, and I figured I were in the same box as I had found Sarah in. I had to save her from that maniac, no matter what !
I tried to get up, and than I remembered my arm. God, I had never felt that kind of pain before!
If I weren’t mistaking, the lock on this box was quiet poor, and a well-trained man like me should have no trouble getting myself out of there. A couple of kicks later I was out, and I was surprised that Travis hadn’t heard me. How should I do this ? I had painfully experienced that he had a gun, and that he willingly used it.
If I just could get in contact with Sarah without Travis noticing. But how ?
Than I remembered. Whenever we had been to boring places with lot of people, and we couldn’t talk, we had made up our own finger language, and even sometimes, sounds !
I went closer to Sarah and Travis, and started to use my fingernails against the wall. After a little while, I was about to give up, when I saw Sarah giving me the thumbs up behind Travis’s back.
Now all I needed was something to knock him out with. I looked around, but couldn’t find anything. Perhaps there would be a toolbox somewhere ? I went back again, and luckily I found the box quickly. I took a big wrench, and headed of to the cockpit.
Sarah sat on his lap, while he was busy drinking beer and leading the plain.
I didn’t think, just ran against him and hit him in the back of his head, not thinking of the consequences it might get. The plain lost height again, and Sarah screamed.
Travis fell on the floor, and I flew forward.
“ The control wheel,” I shouted. Sarah fighted her way up, but it was quiet heavy. “ I can’t do it all by my self,” now crying. I sat up, and from no where I got the strength in my healthy arm, and together we made the wheel up and back to normal.
“ He he…” We both laughed nervously. “ I’m terrified.” “ Me too honey,” I looked at her and smiled. “But if we make it out of here, will you marry me than ?” She just looked at me and this big smile lightened up her face. “ Of course I will !” She gave me a warm kiss.
“BIP BIP BIP.” What the heck was that ? “ Look, there’s this light blinking over there !”
“ What is it Ben ?” –Oh no, it was the fuel lamp. “ Honey, will you do me a favour ?”
“ What ? Tell me Ben..”
“ In the back of the plain you’ll find a parachute. Go and get it for me, will you ?”
- I had to get in touch with the police ! I found the radio, and tried to contact somebody.
“ Hello…Hello...Can anyone hear me ? This is Ben Davis. If anyone can her me….”
“ I found it…He he...Did you hear that Ben ? I found it…” Sarah came running in to me.
“ Good !” I smiled at her. “Now you have to take it on you, can you do that for me Sarah ?”
“ Open the parachute, and just take it on, like a rucksack.” “ But what about you Ben, I could only find one.” “ You’ll have to…” “ NO ! Don’t even say it ! I’m not leaving this plain without you.” “ But honey…” “NO! Remember what you promised me ? About us being married ? I want to see you becoming old with me, seeing our grandchildren growing up. So don’t you dear doing this to me !”
“ But…Ok, but we’ll have to hurry up than, because soon there’s no more fuel left.”
“ Oh Ben, I love you !” “ I love you too Sarah !”
“ Now we must hurry.” I pushed the button for the hatchway to open.
I ran over to Sarah, while the plain was loosing more and more height. “ Hold on tight !”
Than we jumped. A few seconds later we saw the plain crashing into the water, and a big explosion was to be seen at at least a few miles around us.
“ So, Sarah Davis, when should we set the date ?”