|Inside the Center (standard:Suspense, 9843 words)|
|Author: TJC||Added: Aug 17 2007||Views/Reads: 2986/1957||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Three men find themselves on a plane with no memory of how they got there. When they land on a tropical paradise, a strange man tells them he's there to help and leads them Inside the Center.|
INSIDE THE CENTER All Joe could see was blue water and under a spacious sky. The view was breathtaking, so much so that he almost didn't realize he was behind the controls of a plane. Shaking his head he suddenly realized he had no idea how he'd gotten here. Flying an ancient little piper turbo prop was easy for him because he knew how to fly modern war planes and jets of all sort but the question was how did he get here, who owned the plane and where in the hell was he flying to? As he held the controls of the craft, he looked over his clothes, blue work pants and shirt, boots and a black leather jacket. He didn't recognize a stitch of them. The reflection in the mirror indicated he was likely in his early 40's, perhaps, his head shaved. The last thing Joe remembered was.....could he remember anything? No. He got on the radio and tried to raise someone but it was to no avail. The radio was dead. Not exactly a safe situation but luckily the weather was perfect with unlimited visibility. With nothing but ocean under him, though, and no communication, it was going to be impossible to figure out where he was or where he was going. His memory was gone. Joe could only remember his first name and that he was a pilot of solid ability. One other thing he knew for certain; he was scared. “The radio is dead?” A voice said from behind him. Joe turned and saw two men sitting in the back seats of the four-person aircraft. The man on the right, directly behind his seat, was sound asleep, it was the man to the left who'd asked about the radio. He wore a Chicago Cubs baseball cap and a gray T-shirt with long dark blue sleeves and jeans. “It's dead, huh?” Joe nodded. “Who the fuck are you?” He tried to remember if he'd noticed anyone in the seats or if he'd even looked. Nothing made sense. “I might ask you the same thing,” the man replied. “Where are you taking me? Who is this dude next to me?” Joe shook his head and looked back out over the horizon. “I haven't a clue.” “Okay, well how did we get here? I want to know what the hell is going on and I want to know now!” “Look, I'm in the dark too. I woke up at the controls of this damn plane. It's not mine and I have no idea where we are.” “What?” The man leaned up and Joe could smell some sweat and body odor. “That doesn't make any sense. Now tell me what's going on.” “I woke up flying this plane, man. That's all I can tell you. I know it makes no sense. I.....” “What?” The man grabbed Joe's shoulder. “I can't remember anything else.” Joe turned and saw the same look of confused fear on the passenger's face. “I don't know how I got here or anything about myself other than my name is Joe and I'm a pilot.” The man in the ball cap went pale and sat back, his eyes seemed to be searching for answers that weren't there. He looked up at Joe shook his head, searching his pants pockets. “I don't remember much either. I know I'm a pitcher with the Chicago Cubs....but.....I can't remember any family or even my teammates.” Joe watched him remove his cap and wipe his sweaty brow with his sleeve. The man in the back seat was in excellent shape, had a short brown hair and strong features. Joe thought he looked kind of like himself when he was in better shape. Wait, how would he remember that? He didn't remember anything. This whole thing was nuts. “Can you remember anything other than that?” Joe asked the man. “Yeah, one thing.” “What's that?” Joe saw an outline of land in the distance, perhaps an island of some sort. But could he land on it? He was so busy worrying about the land and possibly getting the plane down that he didn't hear Click here to read the rest of this story (1143 more lines)
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