A lot has happened since that day in Midsomer when Suzie and I had lunch, Remember I first met her at the cafe, and again when we hiked up Harknott Hill. Yes things have changed. I’m no longer an accountant, and she has left the waitress profession. I’m now the Chief Engineer for a computer company and she is now a Senior Flight attendant for Trans-Texas Airways, where she prefers being called Susan. she thinks Suzie sounds a bit immature for her present job.
I sold a large Computer Server to a banking concern in London and needed to travel there to supervise the installation. I knew that Susan regularly flew from Washington’s National Airport to London, so I booked a first class ticket on one of her flights.
When I boarded she met me at the jet-way and escorted me to my seat saying, “You’ll have a great flight, I’m your personal attendant. And she was right. I was the only passenger in the First Class cabin so I picked seat 1A, a window seat. Whenever she had a free moment, really often, she would take the seat next to me. We spent a lot of time together on that flight. And of course we became good friends.
On her last round of drinks and food she asked if there was anything special I wanted. That was a tempting question. I gave it some thought and when she next sat down I told her there were a couple of things I’d like. I whispered in her ear a couple of my fantasy ideas. She nodded and went forward to talk with the pilot. She came back beaming.
With that I got my camera out of the overhead and prepared to get the picture I’s always dreamed of. We changed our destination from Heathrow to London City Airport. That meant that we’d pass Buckingham Palace and land lots closer to my client and within walking distance to my hotel. The pilot leveled off at about 450′ as we passed Buckingham Palace. It felt a bit low, but I had confidence. I hope the Queen wasn’t trying to take a nap when we passed. But the best part was that I got the photo I wanted. Now I’ll have to find a way to thank Susan. When we landed I Susan and I made tentative plans to meet for dinner later. As soon as the installation is complete I’ll be sure to book the flight home on one of Susan’s flights.
for Sunday Photo Fiction on October 23, 2016