He looked at his watch.
“Why not? It didn’t happen on the plane.”
“There was extreme turbulence. And, I didn’t think it would happen on the plane.”
“I just want to be alone for a minute,” she said, taking his hand.
She led him through the crowd, ignoring the noisy announcements and bright ads blaring from the large screens overhead. She would have to decide what was going to happen in this restroom. It was the most private area she could think of in this overpopulated airport. She wanted to tell him what she read in the letter and hear his response.
They stopped short once Ala saw the line of women stretched down the hallway. Danno checked his watch again.
“Ala, maybe we should get you to the gate.”
“No,” she said. She could not board the plane feeling how she did. Something had to shift in order for her to have peace of mind. “Go see if the men’s room is empty.”
He scoffed and ran his hand through his hair.
“What? Why? What are we doing? This is crazy.”
“I was crazy to have dinner with you. Go look.”
He walked in as she surveyed for security. She didn’t notice anyone wearing a uniform. Danno leaned hallway out of the entrance and waved her inside. The restroom was surprisingly clean with white tiled walls. Ala opened the first stall and he followed her in. She made sure the lock worked and hung her bag on the hook.
They heard footsteps come through and Danno clamped his hand over her mouth, which prompted her to start laughing. They listened to the stream of urine. If Ala confronted him in this stall, her life could be in danger. He was a lot stronger than she was. He could snap her neck and leave her in this stall. She wouldn’t be found until long after his flight took off. Everyone in her life would never know why she died in an airport in South Korea. The man turned on the faucet to wash his hands.
But really, what was in it for Danno this whole time? Of course there was the money, which is why they met in the first place. There was no arguing that. And he may have been surprised that he found her to be so attractive. And she did make herself easily available very early on.
However, he could’ve killed her the first night. It couldn’t be that difficult for him to find women to spend time with. He was powerful and charismatic. He had taken care of her when she found her way back home. They had so much beyond what was supposed to have happened that summer. She had everything with him.
The harsh overhead lights made her skin look grayish green and the dried sweat on her dress was now being reconstituted as she figured out what to do next. Before she could peak through the hinges to see if the man had left, Danno had lifted her against the stall door and kissed her. She kissed back, violently and hungrily. The adrenaline from surviving the flight kicked in for both of them, followed by the idea that they would be spending half a day apart.
He pushed her against the opposite wall and unbuckled his pants. She hopped up and wrapped her legs around him. The sound of her breathing filled her ears; it was all she could hear. Reaching up her dress, he tore off her panties and shoved them into his pocket.
She was terrified of getting caught. She had no idea what the laws were in this part of the world. This fed into her urgency and she pulled him closer to her, knocking her sandals off. She yanked his hair and, once again, his hand covered her mouth as he carefully lowered her to the ground. He held her close to him. She wanted to live in this restroom with him and never speak to anyone again.
“Do you want to change clothes?” He asked.
“I’ll wait outside.” He stepped out of the stall and used the sink. Ala opened her suitcase and found fresh panties and a long dress. She stepped out of her sundress and wadded it into a ball. She gathered her purse and stepped out, throwing the dress in the trashcan. She rinsed her face and the back of her neck.
He held out her ticket.
“Are you ready to take off?”
She nodded and let him take the suitcase.
“I have to tell you,” he said, guiding her to the terminal.” He was going to confess the whole story in the middle of the airport. He probably assumed she wouldn’t be able to react in front of so many witnesses. She braced herself.
“You’ve become my best friend.”
“Oh,” she looked down and kept walking. Tears streamed down her cheeks and she tired to wipe them away without him noticing.
“This is it,” he said, double checking the sign. “They’re probably already boarding your group.”
“Alright,” Ala said, taking the suitcase from him. He took it back from her and set it down on the ground. He hugged her with his whole body.
“I’ll be right behind you,” he whispered. She wiped her eyes against his shoulder.
He squeezed tighter before letting go. She got into the boarding line. She saw him watching her in the corner of her eye. She read the ticket and quickly looked behind her. He was gone.