John’s Flight

BBC Breaking News Alert: ‘Birmingham bound flight BA2491 has encountered difficulties and will attempt an emergency landing at the nearest Airport’

Two more alerts.
Two more planes.

BBC TV News. Grainy footage of a runway. In the rain. And a plane. A helpline number for anyone with relatives on any of the flights.

The plane on the screen explodes. I’m glued.

My mobile rings it’s John’s number.

“I love you.” He’s quietly spoken. And I hear sobs in the background.

My attention is back on the TV again. A burning plane. Not John’s plane.
Not yet.

‘That helpline once again…’


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