A woman boards a plane. She is traveling to rather than traveling from, a distinction that has preoccupied her for years. At eighteen, she traveled from her home. At twenty-two, she traveled to a lover. At twenty-four, she traveled from a city that had become scorched by her inability to make a new home with her lover.
Now, at twenty-eight, she is traveling to a city where she has been promised a job. The older man next to her begins to talk. The plane shudders. The man’s fear shows on his face. He talks more, and more hurriedly. She reaches out and takes his hand to still him into silence.
(The following is a short piece of fiction written by Ben Greenman. Each story offers a glimpse into the mind of three strangers who find themselves seated next to one another on a plane.)