3. Fake Planes
I wake up as my alarm plays off the dreaded beeping of early mornings. then I remember... the simulator test is today! I spring out of my bed and suit up in black tights, combat boots, and a green plain shirt. Then I grab my dad's leather jacket and slip it on. I braid my hair loosely and apply the simple makeup. Then I brush my teeth and grab my backpack, then i hurry out the door to get to breakfast.
I grab the last piece of French bread and hurry to a empty table. I pull out a piece of blank paper and start folding it into complicated patterns. After I finish the plane I chomp down on the French toast. "You ready for today?" says a group of girls to each other as they wonder past my table. I'm not really one for friends. I guess my paper airplane obsession creeps them out a bit. Before I know it a bell rings and I hurry to clean up so I can make it to the simulator room in time.
Today is extra special because my only class is the simulator. Then I have the rest of the day off. I sit in a hallway lit dimly. A door clangs open and a lady steps out. She calls my name out along with 2 others. I stand up and walk proudly into the larger storage-like room. 3 other people exit and i'm directed to a silver tube held up by thick poles. I climb inside and the lady closes the door. I fasten the seatbelt and lower the metal chest hold. Then the machine flickers on.
All around my I see a cement runway. It looks exactly like real life. I put my hands on the steering bar for the fake plane and a voice crackles on. "Fly. To. St. Louis. Missouri. By. Following. GPS." the voice says. I watch the gps by the wheel and get my fake plane airborn. The whole simulator is really lifelike. Turbulence actually shakes you. I learn that quickly but soon take control. I'm actually enjoying the simulator until the GPS blanks out. I start panicking in my head. but then I realize this is a test of knowing where your going. So I picture my route and stay on it.
Before I know it i'm approaching the landing, I breath in and land my fake plane. Perfectly. I smile and move it back into my plane parking space. Then the simulator dies down and the door opens. I unbuckle myself and stroll out. "Did you just fly there without the GPS?" The lady asks. "Um yes." I say smiling. "That's wasn't a test honey. That was a technical error. You have a talent sweetie." She says grinning. I thank her and nod before walking back to the hallway. I return to my room then scream. "YES! I DID IT! YES!" I yell. I know I totally aced that! I dance my way to the phone to call home, I need o celebrate this with mom!