I have finally worked up the courage to take to the Sky.
I am Booked on a Flight to New York City.
I have waited along time to make this Trip.
But I am as nervous as a Kitten.
Come on Steven get a grip.
The Day has finally arrived.
And I get dropped of at Sydney International Airport.
For My Holiday of a Lifetime.
I Book in Two Hours before My Flight is due to leave.
So I have a Coffee and Read a Book to fill in the Time.
Finally My Flight is called and I head to Gate No5 for Boarding.
Hopefully My Flight will leave on Time without any delays.
Oh Yes happy Days.
There are People heading in all Directions.
Passengers taking their Christmas Holidays.
I hurry so I wont be late.
And after what seems like forever
I finally reach the Boarding Gate.
I make My way to First Class.
I thought if I am going to be on a Plane for Twenty something
I might as well have some Creature comforts.
Maybe I can get some Sleep.
And when I wake up I will be in New York City.
But then the Guy in the seat next to mine.
Turns My Flight from good to very shitty.
Just My luck.
The guy in the next Seat is talking about One Hundred
Words a Minute.
He is going Home to New York after a Month long Holiday.
God are there any Words in the English Language
That this Guy doesn’t know how to say?
After Five Hours He is still yapping
I think I will have a Drink to Drown My sorrows
Or maybe a handful of Sleeping Pills
Cause if the Flight Attendant doesn’t help Me.
God I know I will Kill.
I know that He is nervous about Flying.
So He talks and talks to take His Mind off it.
We are over Twenty Thousand Feet above the Ground.
I would give anything for some Silence.
Never to Hear another Sound.
But silence I do not get.
The Guy is still Talking
I look over to tell Him to shut the fuck up
And I am dumbstruck
The Air goes very still.
And it is like Time is moving in slow motion.
Because right before My Eyes.
The Guy has become Transparent.
He now looks like Casper the friendly Ghost.
The Ghost Guy is still talking.
But now He is talking in the past tense.
My Name was Barry Andrews
And I was an American Citizen.
I used to be a used Car Salesman
And I Died way to early.
Well that got My attention.
And I asked Him how did He Die?
He told Me that He Died in a Plane Crash.
I was shaking so much I could barely Speak
I asked the Date of His Death.
And even though I already knew the Answer.
He told Me anyway.
‘I Died on Qantas Flight Qan156 Three Hours out of New
‘On the 1st of May 2016’
Shit just what I thought.
That is Todays Date.
And I am on Flight Qan156.
I need to get to the Cockpit to tell the Captain to turn the
I am sitting next to a Ghost.
Twenty Thousand Feet above the Ground.
Barry Andrews the Transparent Person
Is still talking.
But I really need to block Him out.
Where are all of the Flight Attendants?
When I get out of My Seat I see that I am surrounded
The Plane is full of Transparent People.
Flight Attendants are like Cops.
There are never any around when You need One
I race down the Aisle looking for some help.
But all I can se are Alive Dead People
If that makes any sense.
They are all seating in their Seats watching a Movie
or just having a Chat.
But these People have already Died.
They all look fit and healthy
They don’t even look tired.
I make My to Economy Class
And sitting in one of the Seats is a little Girl about
Eight Years Old.
She looks scared and frightened
But She has a Pink healthy glow
So I know that She is Alive and kicking
But I have to keep moving
Because the Clock is ticking.
But I cant leave Her.
So I introduce Myself and take Her Hand.
She seems to know that I am Her only chance of Survival.
Then an announcement comes over the Speakers
‘Thank You for Flying Qantas we will be landing in New York
in a little over Three Hours from now’
‘Please enjoy an in Flight Movie and before You know it We
will be Landing at John F Kennedy Airport’
Jesus the Three Hours are almost up
There isn’t any Time to think of a Plan
So I grab the little Girls Hand
We take our Seats
And just wait for the inevitable.
The little Girl and I are the only Survivors of Flight Qan156
She never told Me Her Name
All up Three Hundred and Ten Passengers and Crew Perished
But they will Live forever in the Hearts of the People they
I will never again take to the Sky.
I will keep My Feet firmly on the Ground.
But maybe I can take to the Water?
So I decide to take a Ferry Ride.
But when I arrive at the Ferry Terminal
I can see that is full of Transparent People.
Another Accident is about to happen
But there is nothing that I can do
Because they have already passed to the Other Side.
Wherever I go I am surrounded by Transparent People
Ghosts living their final Day.
If You ever see a Transparent Person
Give them some Dignity and Respect
Because after all One Day We will all Die.
And it just might be Your turn next.