August 27th, 1989
Night flight from LCA – LHR, as a passenger!
I noticed the message light on the phone flashing as soon as I woke up. Expecting it to be news on the whereabouts of my suitcase, I was surprised to learn we’d be flying home as passengers and not as operational crew.
Having no extra clothes, I wrapped the bed sheet around me and opened the doors to the balcony. I peered out and saw Suzette sitting on her balcony, right next door.
“Suzette,” I whispered from behind the door.
“Who is that?” she asked, putting down her book.
“Oh, morning sweetums. What are you doing?”
“If I come out, will anybody see me?”
“No, it’s safe, come on out,” she said, standing up.
I gingerly stepped outside. “Looks like Armani,” she laughed. “I just remembered you have no luggage. Do you need anything?”
“You wouldn’t happen to have a spare toothbrush would you?” I asked.
“Give me a minute,” she said, with a nod.
I waited on the balcony and heard Suzette talking, I assumed, on the phone. I couldn’t make out what she was saying so I assumed she was talking to her boyfriend. When she came back out, she had a First Class toiletry bag in her hand.
“You can keep that,” she said, passing it to me over the low wall that separated us.
“Ooh, lovely, thank you.”
She held her finger up to her lips and spoke softly. “Acquired during a recent upgrade on a staff travel ticket to see my sister in Australia.”
We chatted for a little while and I noticed Suzette looking at her watch.
“Be right back,” she said, going into her room.
Next thing I knew, Suzette and four others emerged from her room, all draped in bed sheets!
“Surprise!” they shouted in unison.
I cracked up laughing and took the offer of Simon’s hand to help me over the wall.
“We didn’t want you to feel left out,” Suzette chuckled.
“Yeah, you’re not the only fashion queen around here,” Simon tartily said.
“Let’s order room service,” Suzette suggested.
“But first, we’ll start with these,” said Simon, producing two bottles of wine from underneath his designer toga.