March 7th, 1989
Another super busy day in class and the excitement is building at the prospect of finishing up on Friday. We were individually filmed doing Club World service and it was fun watching the playbacks. Carl’s video was the most amusing and I think the female passengers are going to love him!
There was some talk of going out after class but I’m so glad I decided not to. No sign of Lee on the train this morning or tonight, not that we usually catch the same train home but I’ve met him on the platform a couple of times. I hope he’s alright.
I was disappointed when mum told me I’d missed Ben on the phone and ecstatic when he rang back.
“Hey you,” he said and I felt my face breaking into the biggest smile.
“Feels like I haven’t talked to you for ages.”
“You sound a bit croaky, are you ok?” he asked.
“I had a chest infection but the antibiotics are helping.”
“Don’t forget, the pill isn’t as effective with antibiotics.”
“You’re thousands of miles away, that’s not a concern at the moment.”
“You sure?” he asked, sounding unsure.
“One hundred percent,” I said, with conviction.
“Good, just need to hear it.”
“I absolutely love you, Ben. You know that.”
“And I absolutely love you.” My heart literally skipped a beat.
“Tell me again,” I pleaded.
“I absolutely love you and I can’t wait to come home.” My heart reacted in the same way.
“Has it been mental?” I asked.
“Recently it has, but the height of the season is just about over so it should get a bit easier.”
He sounded tired so I tried to sound upbeat. “I bet your skiing has improved considerably.”
“It has but I’m ready for it all to be over.”
“When do you think that will be?” I asked.
“I still don’t know but the minute I do, I’ll let you know. By the way, thanks for all the letters, the one you sent from Jeddah came today.”
“Oh it did? That didn’t take long.”
“Sounds like an interesting place.”
“It certainly was but I’m in no rush to return.”
“Where to next, do you think?”
“I won’t know until after I get my Wings.”
“And that happens this Friday, right?”
“Yes! Can you believe it?” I asked.
He said, “You sound excited,” and I was tempted to say “and you sound unenthusiastic,” but I know he gets wiped out at the end of the season and I didn’t want to upset him.
“I really am. The course has been amazing and the people I’ve met are just the best. I hope we get to fly together from time to time.”
“That’s highly unlikely.”
“Probably,” I said. If he sensed my despondency, he didn’t let on.
“I wonder where you’ll be off to next.”
“Hopefully somewhere in America. New York would be my first pick.”
“It’s strange to think you could be in New York next week. We need to go there together.”
“And we will. We have our entire life ahead of us to travel and do what we want.”
“What do you want?” he asked.
“To be with you and live happily ever after.”