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Fears of Flying (S&D)

by Sanjay
(Stanford, CA, USA)

It was supposed to be the first day of Spring Break. I had been planning to going to Florida to enjoy the white sandy beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast. Having finished my last final the day before, my spirits were high and I couldn't wait to get away. I boarded my flight in the mid-afternoon and was comfortably seated flying 30,000 feet in the air when we all of a sudden heard a giant explosion in towards the back of the plane. When I looked back, I couldnt believe what I saw. The whole back of the plane was non-existent yet we were still flying without falling. I was dumbfounded. Then it hit me - this was not happening to me, I was dreaming. Thrilled at the possibility of being able to control my dream I decided to make a leap out of the plane and see what happened. I took the leap, exited about controlling my dreams and free-fell, feeling the cool rush of air at my face. Just for fun I tried to land on on cloud and was able to do so. From then on I went cloud hopping, from cloud to cloud until I ran out of breath. And then as suddenly as it began, I woke up wanting to experience it all over again.

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