Ciara blinked,as she sat in the seat, looking out the window…the man next to her, now in a restful state of reclining ,so she had a better view ,as they flew in the airplane.She chided herself for being so silly earlier because she had flown many times before, that this time ,”should be a piece of cake”,she reminded herself. This time was different than the others. Those were strictly business,and nothing more. Ciara had grown up and became a woman , and her profession ,was something of a man’s profession, yet, she was up to a challenge.She began to think back to her younger years, being the one girl in drafting class, and succeeded ,at least to impress her teacher….She could draft anything…Odd shaped buildings that bring contrast to an otherwise mundane setting of straight up buildings with no flair or style…that was her thing. yet again , she had become known for her ability to also see the historic relevance of some of the world’s finest architecture… She had hoped to create something spectacular ,using her talents…
She was brought back from her reverie , by a voice close to her…..
“Miss, are you awake…?” Ciara had dozed off,and the gentleman next to her gently nudged her….”Miss,I need to get up, could you move? She nodded politely..and unbuckled her seat belt ,and stood up…as she did, the plane jolted, for a split second ,causing Ciara to sit back down….Stunned, she glanced at the man next to her.She steadied herself…. and tried again…this time with success..the gentleman thanked her as she got up ,and moved to give him access to the aisle… She sat back down….and looked out the window..It was dusk now ,and the sky darkened …the clouds dancing in the air….the moon shone brightly, casting an ethereal glimmer on the white tipped clouds…she never felt more relaxed than seeing this ….making her former thoughts vanish ,into thin air.
Ciara had sat in the window seat , for only a few moments before the man came back.He had seen her face ,as she looked out the window.He wondered to himself..”What transpired so much in such short time , that I should come back to this mundane life setting ,and see a beautiful face ,such as that…full of wonder and awe , surprisingly mature ,yet ,in her eyes at that moment was the twinkling , that of an awestruck child.
He wondered to himself ,the last time he had felt like that.It certainly wasn’t in an airplane…yet,here he was ,seeing Ciara, enthralled,he smiled.He approached her ,and she went to get up ,and he said ,”No it’s okay”. “You go ahead and sit there.”
Not long after that ,they heard over the intercom , the message from the captain, announcing they were now approaching the airport,and making their descent…Ciara’s gaze steadied ,at the clouds, not wanting to miss one moment ,and within several minutes, they were enveloped into the clouds…….the former image replaced by a fog-like cloud surrounding their plane…she shuddered …she hated this part…descents.
Soon, she could see lighted dots, that were street lamps ,and the markers on the runway….she braced herself…and the plane landed….and made its entry to the gate.
They sat in their seats for a few more minutes, and as they waited, her cellphone rang …it was the earlier voice on the other end….telling her they were waiting for her at the gate. Ciara, exhausted, looked over to the man next to her, and thanked him for accompanying her on the flight… they exchanged names …. and said their good-byes,and disembarked.
Ciara, was never so happy to be on solid ground…she hastily made her way through the airport , to find her companion, they got her baggage , loaded it,got in the car…and drove away.