Please welcome John J. Smith, author of Delayed Flight!
by John J. Smith
The inspiration for Delayed Flight began when I was stranded in an airport during a snowstorm—believe it or not, I couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop—and as we were waiting to board, I noticed a couple talking, but it was more their actions and reactions to each other that intrigued me. It was obvious they knew each other, and from their expressions, I felt this was more than two old friends seeing each other after a long time, so to speak.
From the expressions, she showed a little pain and he held an expression of sorrow. Naturally, I nonchalantly leaned in a bit and focused a little closer, and then realized that they in fact had known each other, and I got the impression it was of an intimate nature.
From the conversation—what I could hear—they had not seen each other for quite some time. Then to my surprise the conversation sounded as if he wanted to pick up where they left off but I don’t believe she did, she looked angry, evidently the pain had turned into anger, but her voice remained pleasant, even soft, probably not wanting to embarrass each other. After all, we’re in a crowded airport.
As I eavesdropped on the conversation, (I know, not good but sometimes the best material is right in front of you) I sensed that she was even more upset than I first thought and there would be no way that the relationship would pick up. She left me with the impression after a couple minutes that she couldn’t wait to walk away, and she did, and she never looked back.
I sat back and wondered what could have happened, then felt sorry for the both of them and thought, I wonder what would happen if they were thrown together into a situation where they had to see each other, maybe on the same flight, what would be the outcome? Would he continue to pursue her? Would she change her mind? Could they even pick up from where they left off or would it be better to start anew?
Then I took a step forward and wondered, what would happen if there were secrets that neither wanted the other one to know? A secret that, due to embarrassment, caused one to walk away and not say why. Then, what about the other side, what if the other person had their own secret that would stop them from looking for the reason the other person stepped away. I could not get those thoughts out of my head, and began to jot down my notes. Boy meets girl, girl leaves, boy chases girl, she wants to but she cannot. Of course, you know where I had to go with this. Then, out of each other’s control, the secrets are revealed.
Since I love reading and have a passion for writing, and really enjoy love stories, I knew I had to write this.