The Flight English short story

“This is gonna be so cool,” Ryan said, staring at the 12inch model aircraft his twin sister, Beth got him for his Christmas.

“Come on Ryan, you’ve never stopped staring at that since I got you it and you still haven’t even said thank you,” Beth said.

“Oh yeah,” he grinned “thanks.”

Ryan was 17, well built and his jet-black hair was nearly always spiked up with gel. Beth was 17 and looked exactly like Ryan apart from the obvious fact that he was a boy, probably what you would expect if you had a twin.

“When’s Jack coming?” Beth asked. Jack Forrest was Ryan and Beth’s best friend from school and they had been friends ever since they had started school.

“He said he’d b here at 10 pm, Ryan said, looking at his watch. “it’s ten-to ten now sp we better put these suitcases in the car, that way we can head to the airport as soon as Jack comes.”

They wheeled the cases out the door and put them into the boot of the car.

“I still can’t believe we won those tickets to Canada on the new 5-star luxury plane.” Ryan said as he lifted his suitcase and positioned it on top of Beth’s massive holdall, “it’s always been a dream on mine to fly in one of those planes, and it even has a restaurant!”

Just as Ryan said that Jacks’s taxi pulled up and he got out of the back with a giant suitcase and a rucksack.

“Hey Ryan,” he grinned, “Hey Beth!”

“The flight’s gonna leave without us if we don’t get to the airport by eleven so we better get a move on, its already five past ten,” Beth said, pointing to the car.

They all piled into the car and Ryan pulled out of the driveway. It took about half an hour to get to the airport and about an hour to go through the check-in and passport control, so when they got to the welcome lounge they all headed straight to the gate.

“Here we go” Beth smiled as they reached gate 22, “Our plane’s gonna be boarding in a minute so I’m gonna quickly get a pack of smarties from that vending machine.”

Just as a packet of smarties dropped out of the vending machine, a woman’s voice came up on the tannoy, “Flight 2780 is now boarding from gate 22”

They all went up the steps and boarded the huge plane. It had four floors, a bar, restaurant, widescreen TV and loads more extras.

“Whoa,” Ryan gasped as he took his first step into the newly built luxury jet, “This is amazing!”

There was fancy lighting, a bar in the middle of the 1st floor, a huge red carpet stretching the whole length of the plane, and recliner seats.

“This is nothing I ever imagined,” Jack joined in with the dazed expressions on both Ryan and Beth’s faces.

They all found their seats and buckled up their seatbelts.

Once the plane leveled off in the air all of the seatbelt signs went off.

“I’m gonna go and get a coke from the bar,” Ryan said, “you two coming?”

“Ok,” Beth and Jack said in unison and they all headed towards the bar. Just as they were about to sit down a guy came barging through and knocked Jack over. He was middle-aged and was bald. He was the type of guy that you didn’t want to mess with.

“Watch it!” Jack shouted back at him but he didn’t even turn around to look at him again, he just kept walking purposefully. Jack was about to shout back at him “Are you gonna say sorry or what?” but he changed his mind when he saw a vague outline of something bulging from his trousers – a gun – “Oh my God” Jack said, “Ryan, Beth, that guys got a gun”.

They looked around and saw it too. “We’ll have to do something” Ryan decided. “What if he hijacks the plane?”

The three kids all came to a decision to follow him. If they stopped and told a stewardess about the gun, it would cause panic and they would lose him. They walked quickly and followed the mysterious man. The three kids all went to karate and judo classes when they were about 10 so they all knew how to defend themselves. The guy led them down to the basement of the aircraft, three floors down from where their seats were. He opened a hatch, which was concealed by a bin, and stepped down some stairs into the very bottom of the aircraft. Here there were all sorts of controls like lighting, radiators, fridge temperatures, fuel, and all sorts of controls for everything. Ryan, Jack, and Beth all sneaked down the ladder and hid behind a huge metal board. The man went off to the other side of the room and looked closely at a set of labeled toggles and controls. He flicked a switch and suddenly the lights went out.

“Whets happening” Beth whispered, with a touch of panic in her voice.

“I haven’t a clue but it’s definitely something serious if he’s turning the lights out, it could be the fuel next.”

“What if he’s going to hijack the plane?” Beth asked.

“We can’t take that risk, we all know how to take him down, and it is one against three so I bet we will be better off than him when it’s over,” Jack said.

They sneaked behind another metal divider but Beth tripped up and fell over, giving the man a warning and he reached for his gun. Before he could reach it, Jack and Ryan lunged forwards and kicked him to the ground. Beth had twisted her ankle from the fall but still managed to haul herself up and grab the man’s gun.

“What are you doing here?” Beth asked, pointing the man’s own gun at him.

“Do you seriously think I’m gonna tell you?” The man replied, unable to get away from Jack and Ryan’s powerful hold. She was about to boot him, but she heard the sound of another man in the doorway and looked around to see him standing with a gun pointing towards them.

“Let him up” he ordered, still pointing the nozzle of the gun at them. Ryan and Jack released their grip on him and he stood up. They both looked around but they realized that Beth was missing. Just as the man got up she launched herself at the guy in the doorway. He was caught by surprise and he crashed to the ground, sending his gun sliding across the floor.

“Don’t move” She said to the other man who was about to make a gab for it. Ryan and Jack ran forwards and grabbed it before he got the chance.

“I’ll go up and tell someone,” Jack said, “You two keep them on the ground.

It wasn’t long before the whole crew was in the basement, including the captain. It turned out that the captain was an old enemy of the two hijackers and they were going to crash the plane and parachute out before it hit the ground.

“Well done,” the captain said as he shook Ryan, Beth and Jack’s hands.

“You should have seen the faced of everyone when the lights went out,” one of the crew members said, “Some people said they were going to die!”

Ryan, Beth, and Jack all wore their bravery medals and the flight was still showing on the news.

“This has been the best holiday ever” Beth grinned, “The snow here in Canada is great!”

They all got in a taxi to take them to the airport. “To the airport please,” Ryan said to the taxi driver.

“Ok, he said and turned around to give them an evil grin. It was the man who had tried to crash the plane . . .

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