TITLE: BEAST OF BURDEN
GENRE: YA PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Airlines should outlaw perfumed passengers, at least the woman bathed in the oppressive scent before she plopped down beside me. Her name was something ridiculous like Candy, or that was the color of her nail polish. She even had the audacity to get the window seat. Then again, sitting on the aisle provided advantages. The largest advantage allowed a fast break to the exit before the plane took off.
“I’m sorry, miss, but you’re going to have to return to your seat.”
I jumped when the flight attendant touched my arm. I spun around and clamored. “I’ve changed my mind. I don’t want to be on this flight.”
“When the light is on,” she pointed to red and white lighted letters, “all passengers must remain in their seats.”
My eyes darted from the sign above the curtained doorway. “Just tell the pilot to cancel.”
Her smile was pinched. “I can’t do that.”
“Or hold the plane until I get off.” I avoided looking at my vacant seat. “I don’t even care about my luggage.”
The flight attendant put her hands on her hips and frowned.
I pivoted and fiddled with the door handle. My hands shook. The handle wouldn’t budge. A short puff of air blew at the back of my neck before she grabbed at me again. Within seconds I faced her. Her eyes narrowed on me. She lacked any concern over how I felt in the matter.