The Missing Plane, part 1
The alarm sounded, as he opened his eyes. It was a big day for him, he was going to meet the girl he had been dating online. He had never thought that he could do anything like that, but often in life things happen which we cannot predict and sometimes we end up surprising ourselves. He had always been shy, timid, not very much confident among girls. But this online dating had given him an opportunity to meet someone, to connect with someone. Laying in bed, he checked his tablet for Facebook messages. He had gotten many since all his friends knew what a big day it was for him. Many had sent him well wishes. It had been 6 months since she ‘met’ Ming. In The burning they were awkward on cam chat, he was still shy and she wasn’t much into him. But they talked and started to know and love each other. She liked how sweet he was and he liked how she made him feel. Often a little attention, a little affection is all we need. He was happy.
He got up and went for a shower. He knew exactly what he wanted to wear, the top he was wearing the first she saw him on cam. He remember it like it was yesterday, they had been talking for an hour and she asked if he wanted to do video chat. He had hesitated but said yes. As the call connected, and he saw her live for the first time, her black and red traditional dress, and the smile she had on her face. He smiled. They looked at each other for many minutes, or hours. Time stop still. Now they video chat every day and have gotten used to it. He took out his green Munich hard rock top and his black jeans, packed his bag and got his documents and plane ticket. He was so excited and humming ‘My heart will go on’. It was her favorite song and his too.
It was sunny day, spring was in the air, the lush green trees and flowers. Before getting into cab, he sent a message to Ming, telling her that soon they are going to meet.
All his life he lived with a hole in his heart, a void in his life. He had everything, good loving parents, a nice childhood, good education, a nice paying job, but still something was missing. He had always sensed it, felt it. He Lived his friends and enjoyed hanging out with them, but he felt empty inside when he looked at a couple holding hands, or kissing. He had never had a girl friend in his life before Ming. Finally all is good got change, finally he will have a special someone, finally that void will be filled. He was going to his Eternal happiness, his destiny. He knew with all his heart that she was the one. His one true love. He arrived at air port, got in line, waiting to board his plane.
He has reserved the seat near the window. He didn’t travel much on plane’s but whenever he did, he always say near the window. He loved seeing the world get small as he ascended towards heaven. When he sat down after putting his hand bag in the cabin, he put the audio ear buds in his ear to avoid making small talk with the lady sitting next to him. He want comfortable with that. Soon the plane started moving and before he knew it, they were flying. He gazed out the window, saw the people, saw his city, saw the central park, saw it all get smaller and smaller as he flew up and away.
He was lost in his thoughts, staring at the endless ocean, as the plane soared through the clouds, Thinking of his sweetheart, Thinking of what his first words are going to be, preparing a monologue in his head and then, the bright blue light startled him as he came out of his fantasy, back into real world, into the gasps, shock and screams of people around him. The plane was shaking, trembling. The ocean was gone and so were the clouds, and a blue light surrounded them from every side. And as fast as it started, it was over, silence. The plane got stable again as everyone took a breath of peace, strangers holding hands, hugging. To his own surprise he had put his arms around the lady next to him. “we just survived the lightning storm”, announced the pilot happily, quite proud of his job. He looked out the window again, the sun was shinning red as the floated over the sea of clouds bellow. Another announcement informed them that the autopilot and navigation systems were damaged but they need not worry, because the pilot knew this route well. He unbuckled his seat belt and got up to use the toilet. As he was passing through the lane, looking out the window on other side, he noticed the small blue ball of light. He stopped and looked again rubbing his eyes and it was gone. Covered mostly in clouds, it became visible again. His mind filed with all questions and doubts, he called attention of other people on this odd blue dot of light. People gasped at this wonder of nature, the red sun on one side and this mysterious blue one on the other. Speculations ran wilds, some said it was an alien flying sorcerer, while others called it Nasa’s secret project. People started taking pictures and making videos, but he got afraid. Ever since the turbulence, he had a few in the back of his mind but he suppressed it, hoping it might never come true.
He returned to his seat, looking out the window again. It was getting dark, he gazed at the Stars, trying to recognize them. He had always been fascinated with astronomy and Neil DeGrass Tyson was one of his idols. He saw and recognized none of them, as thee plane descended below the clouds, the bright lights of the illuminated planet, a planet that wasn’t theirs, startled his eyes, with flashes of lights moving around, fast. In a blink of an eyes they went and came. And then suddenly four flying ships appeared around them, and a voice echoed through the sky, speaking a language they couldn’t comprehend. The pilot lost control of his shop as the plane came to a halt in mid air, like an invisible hand had grabbed it in its palm, descending down towards the ground. Everyone was quiet, not saying a word, horrified on the turn of events, while others still didn’t understand what was going on, but he knew. His fears had come true. He sat in his seat, looking out the alien planet as they landed on the elevated platform. He tried to see the pilots of the alien ships but tainted windows made it difficult. He got up as he heard the plane door open, he told everyone to stay calm and surrender, that they were on a different planet. The voice spoke again, probably instructing them to come out of the plane. Using whatever common sense was left in them after this ordeal, he led them out the plane, walking slowly, with his hands up in the air. A sign of surrender, at least on his home planet……..
Posted on March 26, 2014, in Short Story, The Missing Plane and tagged aliens, astronomy, blackhole, china, dating, experience, fantasy, fiction, flight, life, love, missing plane, moon, new planets, online dating, plane, planets, short, short story, stars, sun, wormhole. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.