It Won’t Be Long Now

“It’s broken,” he says, blushing the way some people do when they find themselves talking about delicate matters with complete strangers. She blushes back, because other people’s shame always embarrasses her. “Sorry,” he says. “Nothing’s going down.” “It’s okay,” she says. The line for the toilet runs the length of the economy section. The lavatory across the aisle is crisscrossed with yellow caution tape.  They were warned about this during the three-hour delay at the gate, and again by the captain shortly after takeoff, who also broke the news that the air conditioning unit was “not currently operational,” a...

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