The intercom went off, “Now boarding flight 401 to Sydney.” And (Name) stiffened, she had lived in (home country) all of her life and in the same city for most of it, and now she was going to be moving halfway across the world. Needless to say she was nervous. She looked at the man who sat beside her he had a bright grin on his face. His hair was wild and unkempt and he had on a winter coat. But beneath it (Name) knew that he had on a light T-shirt and would be changing into shorts mid-flight. She had on a long skirt and wool tights which mid-flight she would be removing so when they landed they wouldn’t be sweltering. That was going to be a big change for her; she had been from the northern hemisphere so to be wearing a full summer outfit in mid-December was really weird. But for Jett she would do it.
Jett Kirkland was her husband they had been married for about three months and that three months after their honeymoon had been spent packing everything and shipping it off to his home country and getting ready to move there. He was going home and she was leaving the only home she’d ever known. It wasn’t much of a home, she hardly had any ties that held her, just sentimentality. So it really wasn’t much to leave behind, just her whole life. She knew that she would have an accent and that there would be some cultural differences, but she knew that with Jett by her side she could handle it. He held her hand tightly.
“Are you ready, my love?” he asked with another one of his signature grins.
(Name) blushed, him saying those two words in his delectable accent was almost too much for her to handle. It wasn’t just his accent and the fact that he was hotter than his home country mid-summer that made her fall in love with him, they were just bonuses and benefits of it. She smiled and nodded, she was nervous and he knew that. He wanted to be sure that she was happy in her new home. They got up and he picked up both of their carry-on bags.
“Your iPod is fully charged and you have plenty to read right?” he asked with a grin, “For when you’re not unconscious on my shoulder…drooling all over my T-shirt.”
She punched his arm, “Jerk.” She teased and he just stuck his tongue out.
She checked her purse and pulled out their tickets as they lined up. She bit her lip but steeled herself, they were doing this and she could handle it. They turned their tickets in and got onto the plane she had never flown overseas before…in fact she had only ever flown once before with Jett on their honeymoon. He’d flown overseas many times in his life so he wasn’t scared. He knew that (Name) was though, so he was being very conscientious of how his new bride was feeling. They found their seats and he put their carry-on bags in the overhead compartment as she sat down. He had gotten first class seats so she could relax easier. Jett sat beside her and held her hand.
“Ready to go?” he asked softly.
“I don’t know.” She murmured honestly, “Still nervous…but I’m okay…I can do this.”
“You know I can handle it if you need to squeeze my hand tight.” Jett said and kissed her temple.
(Name) smiled and moved a lock of light brown hair out of his face, “I know.” She said and leaned in pecking his lips, “I’m excited to be starting a life with you, though, I love you.”
“I love you too, my Quokka.” He said softly and pecked her nose making her blush and smile, “There’s that smile.”
“You always make me smile.” She said blushing a little.
“And I hope I always do.” He said and nuzzled her nose.
“Stay as sweet as you are right now, and you have my word you will.” She said and pecked his lips.
An older couple was passing by them at that moment and smiled at the pair of obvious newlyweds making (Name) blush. Old couples always did that, seeing young couples, it wasn’t that (Name) was embarrassed; it was just that she was shy. She hid her face in Jett’s shoulder and he chuckled and kissed her head.
“My old friends are excited to meet you.” He said with a smile when she’d recovered from her shy moment.
“I’m looking forward to meeting them too.” She said with a smile, “I’m looking forward to a clean slate in a new place too.”
He smiled and pecked her nose. They buckled up and she gripped his hand as they began to taxi down the runway. It was time. She looked at Jett who gave her a comforting smile she nodded that she could handle it. Though when they began to ascend her breath hitched a bit and she gripped his hand tightly. He held back and nuzzled her. Once they were in the air she was okay but that moment of take-off terrified her.
“You okay?” he asked.
She nodded and smiled tiredly as the true flight began, “Yeah…I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to that…” she said.
“Well, we’re on our way.” He said, “This will be a long flight, relax, after this you’ll be able to handle any plane ride.”
She giggled, “I’ll just have to take your word on that.” She teased and poked his nose.
He grinned and put his arms around her shoulder pulling her close, she nuzzled him. She was nervous as could be about this but she knew with her husband by her side she could handle this. She smiled sweetly at him and pecked his jaw before closing her eyes, might as well nap when she could.
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(Name) woke up a few hours later with Jett shaking her, she gave him a soft glare for waking her, “Come on, (Name) they’ll be serving dinner soon, so we should change into our summer clothes now.” He said, “They have blankets if we get chilled…want to do it before everyone else smart enough to know to do this thinks to.” He whispered.
She nodded and he stood up letting her take her coat off and walk down to the bathroom. She needed to pee as well. She stripped her wool tights off after and then headed back to her seat, now in a comfortably cool summer outfit. After she sat back down Jett went and changed while she stole a sip of his soda to wake herself up. She looked around, most people were sleeping peacefully except for a businessman tapping away on his lap top and a woman doing needle-point, how she managed to get that onto the plane (Name) had no idea. She sat back in her seat and took a deep breath, so far being up here so high in the sky wasn’t bothering her, but that was probably because she had been unconscious through most of it.
Jett came back in a pair of shorts and his T-shirt and sat beside her pecking her cheek, “How are you holding up?” he asked.
“I’m trying to forget where I am.” She laughed softly, “Not letting it freak me out too much.”
“What did I tell you?” he asked with a cheeky grin, “If you just relax you’ll do fine.”
“I don’t need your attitude.” She teased right back and pecked his cheek, “I’m just trying to keep myself calm.”
“I know babe.” He said, “And you’re doing a good job.”
“I’ve been unconscious this entire time.” She laughed.
“Well, if you remember when we got on the plane for our honeymoon you couldn’t relax enough to fall asleep.” He reminded her.
She remembered quite well as her reddening cheeks told him. She had been so scared she had nearly crushed his hand as they took off and landed and any time they hit turbulence she whimpered and gripped his fingers even tighter. He hadn’t teased her until after and had been a good source of support for her. He kissed her temple sweetly and told her everything would be alright whenever she needed to hear it. (Name) would forever be grateful for her new husband, he was such a wonderfully sweet man.
“So, you think you’ll like it back home?” he asked her.
He’d asked her this many times, she hadn’t taken too much convincing to agree to moving, but in many ways he worried he was making her do something she didn’t want to do. He would hate it if he had done that. She smiled at him.
“With you by my side I can handle anything, and besides, it’s too late now for second guessing.” She said with a reassuring smile.
“True.” He said, “But still, this is going to be a big change for you.”
“Yeah…it’s the dead of December and I’m in a summer skirt and tank top.” She said, “I can already feel the changes.”
He laughed, “Now you know how I felt when I moved to (country).” He said, “I was so confused as to why I couldn’t wear my thongs and board shorts out on New Year’s Eve…I had to wear a scarf and a coat!”
(Name) giggled, she supposed she would never get used to the slang term for flip-flops he used. She would always giggle and he would blush. She would have to save those giggles only for him though, didn’t want to offend anyone or put a target on her head as a foreigner…any more than her accent would. She had fallen for his accent and he for hers in many ways. He said he heard it every day when he lived there in her home country but there was just something about the way she used it. She supposed she would feel the same when they touched down…a sea of Australian accent but only one Jett accent. She smiled and pecked his lips.
“I love you Jett, and I am really happy to be moving with you.” She told him, “I really am. What better way to start off my married life then by giving myself a new background to live it in…and having a guide in my husband…well, all the better. I know I won’t get the run-around by anyone because I’ll have you by my side.”
He grinned brightly and leaned in capturing her lips all he could think was of how much he loved her.