They stared at each other for what seemed like an eternity. Finally, she looked away determined not to make a bigger fool out of herself. He nodded and told her again it was for the best.
Side by side, the two had worked together for years. She was working her way through college at night while he who was much older did it for the extra money. He lived with his mother and worked at the airport during the days.
Back then, it was not uncommon for a young gentleman to be living with his mother while he lived a quiet single life. She was one of the first in her family that was pursuing education past high school. There was something about him. She wanted to spend more time with him and know that these feelings she had weren’t just in her imagination.
But he told her no and explained she deserved better.
Gradually, they drifted apart. Embarrassed, she tried to avoid him until the day he no longer worked there and gave no explanation as to why. The supervisor said he had to forward his last paycheck.
Many years later, she became an assistant to a very important executive. They were constantly traveling. Each time, she walked into that airport…his airport, she would look around for him. It was silly she knew but there were so many unanswered questions for her. Deep down, she knew he felt something too even if he had pushed her away. Her eyes would dart everywhere. She realized she didn’t even know what his job was. Tickets? Baggage claim? For all she knew he could have been shining shoes but he wasn’t there either.
The time came when she finally did fall in love with someone special. Happily they took a taxi to the airport. They were moving overseas where he was to be stationed. Well aware it would most likely be the last time she would be in that airport, she decided she would look around. One more time couldn’t hurt but he pulled her to him and they rushed to the gate because the flight attendant made the last boarding call. She didn’t look back.
Quietly he stood in his new suit watching. Having been promoted again recently, this stuff would take getting used to. He had come out to handle a customer issue when he heard the laughter as she rushed by. He knew that laugh anywhere. His thoughts flashed back to a few months prior when he had tried to track her down at their old job. They had said she moved on to a fancy secretary job and had gotten engaged. What did he expect? He couldn’t tell her to wait forever. He had wanted to prove himself first but he never figured out what to say.
He watched the couple hand the passes over. He walked up to the gate just as they walked away. The flight attendant asked if there was a problem. She was ready to give the captain the signal.
Shaking his head, he quietly walked away knowing that he would have given everything to bring her back.
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