Turn around: Airport addition

Submitted by Writer on Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:52

I’m in a crowded airport, I’ve just landed from my 5 five hour flight. My phone starts to vibrate, it’s an unknown caller. I cautiously hit the green accept button and put it up to my ear. 

“Turn around.” The deep voice on the other end of the phone says immediately after picking up. 

“What?” I stop dead in my tracks, my heart started to beat faster and faster. I could feel it in my rib cage, I started regretting even picking up the phone. 

I can hear the other person sigh on the opposite end. I take a deep breath waiting for their reply. “I said turn around.” The voice seems more impatient. I look at the people still moving around me, by the mostly carefree looks on their faces I don’t think the person on the phone has a weapon out. I could be wrong, maybe they just haven’t noticed. 

My anxiety starts scratching in the back of my mind, wanting to control my thoughts and actions. I don’t let it. I close my eyes and slowly but surely turn around, I keep my eyes shut and my phone to my ear waiting for the voice to come back or a bullet to enter me. After a minute of contemplating what to do I finally open my eyes. 

My friend who I haven’t seen in two years is standing there smiling at me. I drop my bags and run over to them. “Was that you on the phone?!” I am trying to hide happy tears. 

They start to laugh. “Yes you dork. Who else did you think?” I punch them playfully in the arm. 

“I thought someone was going to kill me! It’s not funny!” I say smiling.


~Lucy Sukkaew 


Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:59.

That was a close one! I like the build-up of anxiety and then the easy relief -- ah, your friend. And I love the phrase, "I am trying to hide happy tears." Great work!