Authors: Telma Cortez
By Telma Cortez
Copyright © 2012 by Telma Cortez
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Aviation is a strange world and the kinship you feel with your fellow aviators is unique. Entrusted with a fifty million dollar plane, you and the rest of the crew take it far across the globe and if you are lucky, you deplane somewhere nice, knowing you have a job well done and proud of it. And the best part is, you did it together.
When you meet fellow aviators in a bar, or on a social occasion, you immediately are closer once you learn they either are, or were, airline crew. Its this bonding that often leads to the intimate moments we enjoy and that you will experience when you come with me and the rest of your crew on our Aerosexual, or AeroRomance adventures.
Please enjoy a very personal story from me: Microburst.
Telma Cortez is the Senior Flight Attendant for VisionAire, and she meets every kind of passenger, handling every kind of pass lustful men can invent. Everett Samson is not like other men, there’s something more to him that draws Telma… into something much more serious than a casual dalliance.
We may have already met, but I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Telma Cortez, Senior Flight Attendant for VisionAire and I’m an AeroRomantic and of course, an AeroSexual. I’m one of the fortunate few whose vocation and avocation are intertwined so closely as to be inseparable. I’m a woman whose Spanish heritage is evident in my appearance, I’m small and dark, and I’m told my long straight black hair and my flashing dark eyes are attractive to men. I certainly get a great deal of attention, but I’ve always attributed that to the fact that in the air, I’m often in a state of arousal. Specifically on those long haul flights where the pace is slow, with the prospect of a night or two somewhere exotic. See what I mean about being fortunate?
Usually I write about the escapades of my co-workers, but I have a personal story that I want to relate, a story that I honestly would never have imsgined a week ago. You might find it difficult to believe that a woman who makes her living by flying (I’m also am a privately licensed pilot) would experience terror on a normal flight, but I do. What enables me to keep doing my job is my complete faith in the pilots (all personally handpicked by Charles Stross, our CEO) and the unbelievably professional maintenance crews at every airport we service. Charles never skimps on equipment or personnel, not for any reason. He’s the sole owner of VisionAire and as such he answers to no boards or stockholders. Charles will accept a lower profit margin rather than stint on anything regarding his airline… He’s a true aviator in the sense of the word, like the pioneers of old who understood what it means to own an airline. As a result he has the best, most experienced, and the most loyal aircrews flying today.
And he’s hot as hell.
Where was I? Oh yes, I get terrified when we encounter severe wind shear. There are all kinds of wind shear and neither you nor I are meteorologists, (and if you are, great, email me with simple explanation) so I’ll leave the instruction to the college professors. All wind shear doesn’t frighten me, but when the aircraft plummets suddenly in-flight, or we go through severe turbulencia, I search for that face of utter calm and confidence, belying my inner feelings so I might settle the passengers. I tell them what I told you, our pilots are the best in the air. The wind shear that troubles me though is called a Microburst. It can occur anywhere but we encounter it most frequently on approaches to one particular airport, KCI. Kansas City International Airport.
Its the old case of where not to build an airport. Some Einstein decided to put it right where the great plains meet the rolling hills of Missouri, estupendo. Microbursts are sudden downward thrusts of clear air that can grab an aircraft and slam it into the ground. On that happy note, such a crash is not a regular occurrence, but violent drops are not uncommon. Take me to the fairground and fire me off on a roller coaster, I love it. But honey, that’s what rollercoasters do! Dear god, airplanes are meant to glide gracefully towards the earth, while you and I enjoy the in-flight entertainment in whatever form it takes, not plummet a hundred feet leaving yours truly swimming in midair with my dignity wrapped around my head along with my skirt. Are you seeing my point now?
So I brush myself off, fix my hair with a flourish before calming and reassuring the passengers.
These days there are all sorts of sophisticated equipment to detect turbulence, and the pilots are trained to react to Microbursts, but sometimes it just catches you totally off guard. I was giving the last call for drinks before we started to descend from 35,000 feet to KCI on a flight from New York. I was delivering a vodka and orange juice to an incredibly striking passenger, and taking my time because he definitely had raised my libido by several degrees.
He had a handsome but rugged face and the lean rangy body of a cowboy. There was a tiny shock of gray at the temples of his wavy black hair, and when he looked at me I felt naked… and I didn’t mind at all. I spend most of my earnings on clothes, its my weakness, but what this man was wearing made my pulse race. One of the most expensive hand tailored English cut three-piece I’ve ever seen. Startling white French cuffs peeked out from under the sleeves of his suit coat to reveal gold cuff links with some sort of logo on them. A heavy gold Breitling Chronometer just like our Chief Pilot wore graced his right wrist, not his left. His big hands bore the traces of hard work, but his nails were manicured. He wore hand lasted cowboy boots of some exotic leather. Everything about this man screamed culture and class, until you looked at his gray eyes and the go to hell set of his jaw. Gorgeous and scary.
I’m no rookie when it comes to men, but this specimen brought my heart up into my throat and made my knees tremble. And when he spoke, Madre de Dios! He sounded like that actor Sam Elliott on one of the western movies on TV. I swear if he had ordered me to sit down and make love to him I would have! As it was, he had ordered vodka and orange juice, and I was taking my time mixing it for him… I really wanted to get to know him.
The Microburst came on us without warning and the world fell out from beneath me. I crashed into his lap, spilling orange juice all over his perfectly pressed suit, and incidentally pressing my breasts against his firm chest. Our lips were mere inches apart and my fear must have been obvious despite my best efforts, because he wrapped his arms around me and held me tight.
There was never a blink of fear in his eyes as we fell for what seemed like hundreds of feet. I felt the pilots raising the nose of the aircraft about fifteen degrees and heard the rush of the jets going to full power and the bird recovered after long heart stopping moments. I was shaken, but it was my responsibility to get everyone seated and reassure them that it was just a minor difficulty and that it had already been taken care of. I did my job, but I could still feel his arms around me, reinforcing the calm my training and experience had given me.
We landed at KCI with no further incidents and I watched as the First Class passengers departed. Glancing at the manifest I noticed that his name was Everett Samson. He was approaching me and I was racking my brain to come up with some excuse to start a conversation with him. I felt like a silly schoolgirl. As I was about to open my mouth the cockpit door opened and Captain Edwards beckoned me inside.
My passenger heartthrob was forgotten in a split second as I saw the blood splattered on first officer Swift’s white shirt. Ron Swift was a new co-pilot, ex-military and very starchy but we were gradually bringing him around. “Oh my god, are you all right?” I asked as I turned to get the first aid kit.
“No, we already took care of the first aid, Telma, but thanks. What I really need you to do is go below decks to the crew rest area and bring Ron a fresh shirt and a handful of handi-wipes so he can clean up. We can’t have him walking through the terminal looking like this,” Grant said. Grant Edwards was our new Chief Pilot and was steel to the core. “I wouldn’t bother you, but I’d rather the other attendants didn’t see him this way either. It’s nothing major, but the CAT (clear air turbulence) caught him by surprise and he bit his lip. It looks nastier than it is.”
As I made my way down to the forward hatch and the lower deck, the handsome stranger was completely out of my head.
There were already two other aircrew members in the rest area and I just grabbed Ron’s overnight bag and a box of the handi-wipes and rushed back up the ladder to the cockpit.
“Thanks Telma,” Ron said in a thick and muffled voice. I could see how puffy and bruised his bottom lip was and I felt so sorry for him. Remembering belatedly that I had left the front exit unattended, I rushed back out of the cockpit in time to see that Trella had taken my place and most of the passengers were already off the aircraft. My face fell as I saw that my handsome passenger was already gone.
Trella turned to me with a white card in her hand. “Telma, some guy left this for you and asked if you’d be free to join him for a drink after the flight… god he was gorgeous!” Trella gave me a sly grin. “I didn’t tell him anything except that I’d give you his card. He said he’d be in the restaurant for a while if you would please join him.”
I’m a mature, intelligent, fun loving woman, and I’m very much aware of my sexuality… so why was my heart racing as I entered the KCI restaurant? Two steps inside and I spotted him sitting at a table speaking with a waiter. He rose as I approached and took my hand in his, gently, though not as if he was afraid I would break. I couldn’t help a slight shiver of pleasure at his touch and I don’t think he missed my reaction. A slight pang of irritation flashed through me as he smiled. He was so damned sure of himself! What is it about arrogance in a man? In some men it’s annoying as hell, and in some it’s almost an aphrodisiac. This man’s arrogance fit him somehow.
My irritation passed as quickly as it had arrived as the waiter brought back a single red rose in a vase, a split of a very fine Argentine champagne, and two fluted stems. “I took the liberty of ordering a drink and a snack in the event you decide not to accept my invitation to dinner,” he said. “My name is Everett Samson.”
“I know,” I murmured, “I read it on the manifest Mr. Samson. My name is Telma Cortez.”
“I know,” he murmured with a smirk, “I read it on your name tag.” I blushed, and then, I swear, I giggled like a high school cheerleader.
We shared a laugh then, amused at our own timidity. Neither of us was timid by nature and it seemed as if we both were aware that something unusual was happening. The waiter brought out a very nice wedge of Stilton and some crackers, as well as a tiny pot of Beluga Caviar. I hardly tasted any of it. Everett was witty and charming and he treated me as an equal.
He asked me about the CAT and it turned out that he had, as I do, a private pilot’s license and had experienced his own difficulties with wind shear and Microbursts. Soon we were chatting away as if we’d known each other for our entire lives, and I was more and more drawn to this gorgeous man. I even forgot I was still in my uniform.
The champagne and cheese, as well as the surprisingly delicious caviar were all gone and he suddenly sat up straight in his chair. “I’m sorry,” he said sincerely, “I never asked if you have anything planned for this evening. Do you have some place you need to go or something you have to do?” I told him that all I had to do was check into the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City (I told you Charles doesn’t skimp on his aircrews, and besides, he owns a good sized chunk of stock in that chain) and that I had nothing scheduled for the next four days. “I’m booked in the same hotel. Would you like to join me for later? I used to live in Kansas City and I know the best places to eat.” I told him I would love to have dinner with him and we rode to the Westin in their own shuttle limo.