Tuesday, September 12, 2006
New Beginning 110
Margaret stole a glance at her husband to check if he was really asleep. His chin had sunk into his collarbone and his head nestled against an airline pillow against the cabin wall. He had been taking pictures for hours.
She had long given up her efforts to peer around his shoulders at the scene below, and had settled back to immerse herself in a paperback novel. Now bored, she pulled her purse from under her seat and stiffly extricated herself from the cramped airline seat.
Jeff opened one eye, frowned and inquired sleepily, "Where are you going?"
Margaret froze for an instant, then turned and hissed, "I'm just going to the bathroom. Give me a break, will you?"
Jeff glared at her for a moment, an expression of warning in his eyes. He looked as if he was going to say something caustic. But he just sighed and leaned back.
He knew a secret, something Margaret was going to find out the hard way. Eyes closed, he smiled to himself.
Margaret squeezed into the tiny restroom and locked the door. She heaved herself down onto the cold stainless steel potty. A loud sucking noise and a sudden scream were muffled by the airplane's noises. But Jeff knew. He had been dreaming about the thin sheet of aluminum separating the restroom from the surrounding clouds, willing it to disappear.
Opening: Chumplet.....Continuation: Kate Thornton