Crosswords at the terminal

She woke up and slowly sat up in bed. She scanned the room around her, squinting, trying to take notice of the contents of the bedroom. Suitcases half opened , clothes and shoes were scattered all across the floor from the night before. She felt around the bed until she found her eyeglasses under her pillow. She finally made sense of the clock on the wall. It was 8:15 a.m. She turned to her right, and watched him breathing deeply wrapped up in most of the blankets, still sleeping.

“Babe, wake up, “she said.

He groaned and turned over to face her. He smiled with his eyes still closed.

“Hey…Good morning beautiful. What time is it?” He boomed.

“It’s already 8:17. I’m not sure we have enough time to shower if we’re taking the bus.”

He  opened his eyed and smiled at the sight of her coily brown hair tied in a big messy bun. He puckered his lips out and kissed the air in her direction, before closing his eyes again. “Don’t worry. I’ll call Blah Blah and see if he can drive us there.”

He stretched his arms out from under the blankets and pulled her close to kiss her. She gave in and held on tight to him, before jumping out of bed and entering the bathroom. She came out of the bathroom, brushing her teeth and checked on him in the bedroom to find him still sleeping.

“Babe, get up and call him. Our flight leaves at 12! OK?”

” I’m calling him now. I was just resting my eyes,” he said

An hour later, she was sitting on the stoop of their apartment building. He had insisted on carrying their luggage down the stairs by himself saying,

“I want you to start relaxing, before we even step foot on the plane. Don’t worry about the time, he should be here any minute.”

Blah blah had arrived twenty five minutes later, and helped him carry their luggage into his trunk. He drove a black compact sedan, that looked like they were squeezing into a clown car to all fit comfortably. He got into the passenger seat and she squeezed herself into the backseat next to a baby car seat.

“Sorry I got here as fast as I could with the traffic.” Blah blah said.

“Don’t worry about it. It’s enough that you were able to give us a ride in such short notice,” he replied.

“Yeah, I literally saw you guys slow dancing four hours ago, I’m surprised you guys are even awake right now. ” He turned the knob of the radio and searched for a station.

“So, has it hit you yet? Blah blah asked.

“No, it hasn’t. Reality will probably start to set in when we get back,” she said.

“Don’t tell your parents that, or they’ll hit you with the bill.” Blah blah said.

“Ha, yeah my folks would kill me if they heard me say that. It’s just, we waited so long with all the planning, and now everything is going by so fast.”

“Things will start to slow down again once you two on vacation,” Blah Blah  said.

“Sounds good to me,” she said with a smile.

The two men proceeded to talk about the upcoming basketball season. A few raindrops hit the windshield and then it started to pour. Blah Blah, turned on the radio and switched to the news station.

“I don’t think it’s going to rain all night? ” Blah blah said

“I hope not.” He said.

“Nah the rain will probably stop by the time you two board your flight. But it might help you now so you guys don’t miss your flight. ” Blah Blah said.

An hour later, they had arrived at the airport and Blah Blah found a parking spot. They unloaded their luggage and stopped in front of the entrance to say good bye. Blah Blah hugged them both and turned to her and said,”Although we still need to spend more time together, I already consider you family. I love how much happier he’s been since meeting you.”

“Thank you so much,” she said. She smiled and gave him another hug.

They went in and printed their tickets. They went to security check and the greeter checked their I.D.s and their tickets.

“Guess you guys are here for a while, huh?”

“Yeah, but I think we’ll be fine. The rain should stop by the time we board,” she said.

“Oh yea definitely.” the greeter said.

They made their way through the security check and starting looking for their terminal gate.

“Babe?” He asked.

“Yeah?” she replied.

“Did you take a good look at our tickets? We’re early.”

“Yeah I know right. Good thing Blah Blah was able to give us a ride. We have extra time to spare.”

“We have more than extra time to spare.”

“Our flight is at 12.”

“Yea babe. It’s 11 right now.”

“No babe, 12 as in midnight.”

She looked down to the ground and let out a big sigh. He could tell she felt embarrassed about mistaking the time. He hugged her and said, “You got us at the airport at the right time. Things are going just like we hoped for. We get to relax before we even step foot on the plane remember?”

“How do you suggest we do that?” she asked.

“By getting comfortable.”

He found some seats and as she sat down, he took out a book of crossword puzzles from his luggage and handed it to her. She smiled and flipped through the pages of the book to find  a puzzle to work on. He took out his cellphone and was about to snap a photo of her.

“What are you doing?”  she asked

“Capturing an extraordinary moment! ” He replied.

“What’s so extraordinary about me trying to do a cross word puzzle. ”

“Hmm, what is eleven letters down for a person just married? ”

She smiled and squeezed his hand.

“Hey babe?”


“Can you believe it, it finally just hit me.”

“I do.”

© 2015 Christina Jackson