“I’d like to buy a ticket to the farthest destination.” Ramon said to the attendant on the other side of the ticket counter. He handed her his passport and his credit card. She raised her eyebrows. “Are you alright, sir?” She wasn’t sure if she was speaking to an adventurous traveler or a fugitive.

“I’m alright. I just want to escape far away. For a couple of weeks, at least. You know, work has been very difficult for me recently and today I told my boss that I quit. Just like that – ‘I quit!’ – I said. He didn’t take it very well. So I went home and told my landlord that I was moving out. I packed my belongings. Well, I really left most of my things since I don’t care for them. Here I am ready for my fresh start.” he said without taking any breaths. “Okay.,” she replied, thinking to herself that her job didn’t pay her well enough considering what she put up with.

“We have a flight tonight to Bali. What do you think?,” she said. “Charge it.,” he replied. She handed him his boarding pass and pointed to the security line.

Moments later, her boss came to tell her that the flight to Thailand, which she was going to be a flight attendant on, was cancelled. Instead, she would be a flight attendant on the flight to Bali. He handed her the boarding pass with her name on it.

“Are you kidding me?,” she said. “This is the tenth flight you’ve changed this month without giving me formal notice. It’s unacceptable. I didn’t sign up for this. I’m done. I quit.” She took off her badge, gave it to him, and walked away.

Right as she was about to hail a taxi, she looked down at her hands and saw the boarding pass with her name on it. Inspired by the man she found crazy just minutes earlier, she decided she deserved an escape, too. She turned around and walked right back into the airport towards the security line. 


  • Where would you 'escape' to if you could go anywhere? Why or why not?
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