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  • OG,we call him that as he wishes to remain anonymous,was a very ordinary guy,never standing out in a crowd but seeming to blend in anywhere.He lived in the suburbs,a nondescript house in in a street lined with trees,just another street in this lazy part of Sussex in the UK.He had just got up after the first of day of a return to home and was drinking his coffee when his Blackberry burst into life.With a sigh,he switched on "hi ",the voice at the other end wasted no time"We need you here,you are booked on a flight leaving Gatwick in sixty five minutes,tickets etc at the desk " then a clatter as the caller hung up.
    Og flipped into gear,finished his coffee as he was dressing,then grabbed a small bag ,already packed for this sort of occasion and laptop bag .Without appearing to rush ,he was on his way within minutes of the call.Fifty five minutes later,he presented himself at the ticket counter,The special parking bay reserved for him always helped at these times.
    Presenting his passport to the receptionist,she glanced at his occupation,wonder what he fixes ,she thought.She handed it swiftly back to him with his boarding pass and pointed to gate number five"They are waiting to go " she said and smiled at him,he just had time to return the smile before being asked to go.
    He got to the plane gangway with only minutes to spare,a very apologetic stewardess informed him 'We are sorry but we only have one club class seat available',"Thats alright" he smiled and she led him to a seat at the very back of the plane,seating him next to what appeared to be a slightly nervous Asian Gentleman,probably only in his early twenties.Og smiled took his seat and strapped himself in,he never like this part of the journey.The take-off always seemed to require so much noise and power,he appeared to be nervously fiddling with his seat belt.
    The plane climbed away from the airport and the passengers seemed to relax,a the stewardesses went around asking what the passengers would like to eat or drink.Og and the other guy didn't appear as relaxed as the other passengers.

    Og,turned to the Asian guy" I hate that part "he said " turns the stomach around"." I feel "he continued "that birds fly,they have wings".The Asian guy didn't seem to hear him,but sat clutching his little box,but seemed top relax a little hearing OG's words."Is this your first flight "said OG"its not mine but I seem to still get that feeling of helplessness when we take ".
    "I hope it doesn't upset you" said Og but I am a bit of a chatterbox on these flights,Takes my mind off the thought of not having my feet on the ground".The Asian guy looked up" Do you fly very often he" murmured,Og had to listen hard to catch the words,they were not much more than a whisper.
    Meanwhile the stewardesses were completing their tasks,the senior stewardess had gone up to the cockpit.She said to the Captain " That passenger we were worried about"she said to him" well this new passenger seems to be getting him to relax."Well" replied the Captain" if the Asian is what we suspect,perhaps that's the best thing happening."He carried on"if he is and we rush him or attempt anything,it could be for the worse.I think we should wait a while and see what develops"The head stewardess was still not sure but the captain was am old hand,so she accepted his judgement.
    At the back of the plane,Og was having coffee and has somehow persuaded the Asian to have an orange juice drink.As the stewardess passed she heard OG say" You don't seem a very happy young man".I don't like being with so many Christians" replied the Asian," they are hateful tyrants" .
    I could not agree more" said OG
    "too much greed and always at war"The Asian was very surprised at this and asked OG "but you are a Christian,yes"."Well sort of" confessed Og" I go to a Spiritualist Church"
    The Asian looked very puzzled,"What is that" he asked."Well" explained OG "its not like a church ,but a group of people who get together to gain help or advice from the spirits of those wo have passed on".The Asian thought about this for a minute,he was very relaxed now,more at ease in his surroundings."Well " he eventually answered " when I pass over,there will be a thousand virgins waiting for me"
    There was a silence for a moment or two,then OG said " but they will all be in the spirit world and everything is shared there.The only barrier in the spirit world is between those who are happy to be there,ready to help us on earth.And,those,who continue just to want to hurt others"" I want to be a helpful one"he spoke with conviction"that would make me even happier"
    "So we will be in the same world" said the Asian,"that's not what I have been promised".He seemed very upset and clutched his little box tighter.OG,gave him a little smile,"Religions, promise us so much" He paused,then carried on " but like politicians,never seem to be telling the whole truth".This seemed to bring a smile to the face of the Asian,and he looked up to see OG smiling back.
    Og asked the stewardess if it was possible for them to have some drinks,coffee for him and looking at the Asian'orange'.he nodded.One of the stewardesses got the drinks for them.
    They carried on talking,sometimes sharing what appeared to be a joke,the atmosphere was very relaxed.Just then the warning sounded 'Seatbelts on,no smoking,we are about to land'.OG looked at the Asian and held out his hand " My friend,it has been good to know you,my name is Oliver".After a very long minute,the Asian held out his hand and grasped Oliver's,smiling and holding his head up,he looked Oliver in the eye and said" My name is Rashid ,I am pleased to be your friend"
    There were very relaxed people in the cockpit,when the situation was explained to them."Who,on earth is that guy"the stewardess said" he told me he was just an ordinary guy"The crew opened the doors and passengers started leaving,some in an obvious hurry.OG and the Asian were the last to leave and went down the gangway together with the senior stewardess just behind.
    When they got to the bottom Rashid gave OG a quick nod and raced away from the plane.OG gently held the stewardess back.
    There was a violent explosion and Rasid disappeared,bits flying everywhere,No body else was hurt.The senior stwewardess looked at OG "Its alright",he said " he didn't want to hurt any more people,especially a friend".He walked away....

    just an ordinary man
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