Four years at the airport wasn’t something to laugh at. Then again Jim didn’t have any friends who laughed. Jim never knew his parents, or siblings. He was orphaned at a young age. The airport was his first assignment out of the academy, all of which maybe explained why his colleagues treated him like a child.

He stayed close to the airport, and since he worked flexible hours he was always on call, so he rarely got to go out and meet new people. Don’t get the wrong idea, Jim was handsome alright, there were many quick glances and flirting, but work always came first for Jim. Sometimes he wondered if he’d meet the right one at all.

His only favorite part of the week was when Anna came to the office. Anna was the most beautiful thing he had ever laid eyes on. She was dark skinned, with silky hair. She always wore this necklace with little stars on it. He was in love with her. But he knew things would never work out between them. She lived with his boss. Something told him his boss wouldn’t be too happy with the arrangement. Whenever he tried to strike up a conversation with her, his boss would butt in, literally.

He had never known anything besides the academy. They say you are never to betray your brothers in the force. Which is why he turned a blind eye towards half the stunts his ‘brothers’ pulled. Over the years work had got so monotonous that he dreamed of just jumping on a plane and getting away from it all. Go to the beach he’d seen in pictures. Maybe he could ask Anna to run away with him. But he didn’t have any money to pay for the ticket and traveling in the cargo hold wasn’t all that glamorous or romantic, he’d heard horror stories.

Life is so unfair; he thought and dropped down with a deep sigh…


“What’s wrong boy? You alright?”

“Leave him alone will ya, come here and help me open this bag”

“Here boy, have a biscuit”

“He don’t eat biscuits man, he only eats that dog food crap”


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