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Keily, the Bookworm Part-12

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

Keily’s family was ready to leave for Dhaka airport. They had hired a van to take her suitcases and her backpack. Keily started from the door of her home and said a prayer. Mom and Natalie followed.

Downstairs the van was waiting. Her suitcases were already inside. Keily’s backpack was with her. They settled inside, and off they left.

She watched the greeneries around, shops, high-rise buildings and more. Was she feeling sorry? Probably not. She was thinking about what to expect in her future.

It was a two-hour drive in the late afternoon. They had started at 3 pm. Keily’s flight was four hours later. Now that they had reached the airport, Keily entered the entrance through the passenger area. And her Mom and Natalie passed in through the visitors’ section.

Her baggage passed through the initial security checkup and then she went to the zone that boldly said “British Airways” and got her suitcases weighed and tagged.

Natalie called out to her, and Keily smilingly waved at Natalie and Mom. She forwarded her passport and ticket. And the officer at the counter recorded everything on the computer and then gave her boarding passes. Her suitcases were taken away by the moving conveyer belt, and she walked forward to go inside. She took one last look behind. Yes, Mom and Natalie were still waiting. She waved again and felt a pang of agony. But she was going to be okay.

She filled the forms and went inside and checked in again at the inside counter, and the officer further recorded on his computer and let Keily pass to the waiting area. She waited for two hours and then thought she would buy herself something to eat. She settled on chips and coke and had them and felt invigorated. After another almost two hours, an announcement sounded to board British Airways. She walked right as she was shown. She produced her passport, ticket and boarding pass as she came up to a counter. She was let in through another door. A security female officer checked on her from top to bottom, and she was allowed to go further inside with her backpack.

Here was another sitting area. Keily took off her backpack and sat down comfortably. She waited. After about thirty minutes, all the passengers of the "A" section were told to queue up. Keily looked at the section on her boarding pass and found it to be “B”. She cheered up. Soon she would board the plane.

In no time, she was inside the airplane, and she was surrounded by warm air hostesses and stewards. They showed her seat. Keily put her backpack on the top cabinet and kept her purse with her.

A lady passenger soon came to sit beside her. She started talking with Keily. Keily came to know that the lady was flying to Finland, stopping in London.

Keily asked her happily, “What do you do you in Finland?”

The lady answered, “I work at a multinational company.”

Keily asked, “Do you love your work?

She answered, “Yes, very much.”

Keily instantly liked the woman.

“Are you married?” Keily asked.

“No. How about you?” The lady asked.

Keily answered, “I am single too.”

The woman said, “I hate traveling next to unknown men. So I asked to be seated beside a girl. I am glad they let me sit beside you.”

Keily said, “I am happy to get a companion for the journey to London.”

She helped her operate her remote control and showed how she could watch movies or songs or the position of her flight. Keily was excited.

The plane had already started to fly. It wasn’t frightening for Keily, and she enjoyed the plane take off. Soon the plane was high above the ground. She could still see some greeneries and water of her home country. The plane flew higher and higher, and all she could watch now were clouds.

An air hostess came and asked her to shut the window. Keily shut it down and started watching the movie on her screen in front. She was also able to hear the voices of the movie through an earphone. She got engaged in watching it.

Soon meals were being served.They were Halal food. So Keily had nothing to worry about. She took chicken with fried rice and coke along with others on the tray. The woman next to her chose fish with plain rice.

Keily watched the movie a bit longer and thought of taking a short nap. It was a dreamless nap. She slept for two hours in a row and was soon awake as she felt a bump on the plane. Nothing scary though.

Three more hours to go, and she would be in London! Keily wondered what Heathrow airport would be like. Time was flying. Another conversation with the lady next to her and a short snack killed off the time.

And then the plane was going down to land at Heathrow airport. The wheels of the plane touched the ground, and it proceeded forward speedily, and then gradually taxied on the ground, coming to a halt. Everyone was asked to keep their seat belts buckled.

After another twenty minutes, the passengers were allowed to leave the plane. Yes, Keily strolled out of the plane and walked on with her backpack.

She saw signs and directions, read them and went forward and forward until she came to a vacant area. She saw nobody at first but soon encountered a woman who worked probably at the airport.

“Where do I go from here?” Keily asked the woman. The woman replied, “Take the bus which will be arriving soon.” Keily waited. Indeed the bus looked promising and was in sight a few minutes later.

She got on the bus and some Non-English speaking men got on as well. For a moment, Keily felt scared, and so she started talking to the Indian driver who assured her that he would be stopping the bus a while later.

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Much to Keily’s happiness, she acquires the student US visa on the second attempt. She carries out all the necessary formalities, executes all the shopping and buys a ticket for her flight. She prepares herself to fly for an exhilarating journey, leaving her comfort zone. To read more, click the title above.

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Rosina S Khan (author) on July 09, 2020:

Yes, Keily is journeying to the US and materializing her dream. Yes, sometimes she feels scared but she will grow. Thanks for reading and commenting, Lora.

Lora Hollings on July 08, 2020:

What a journey Kiely is undertaking. I really enjoyed your story so far, Rosina. I'm glad to see that Kiely is pursing her dream even thought at times, it has to be a pretty scary feeling. Very good job!

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 08, 2020:

Yes, Keily is traveling to the US for higher education, but she belongs to the earlier days. I have given clues of a black and white TV, not being the era of cell phones in many episodes- I don't know if you remember them or not. Yes, Keily has purpose and determination. The following parts will show how everything turns out. Until next week, stay tuned, Chitrangada. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 08, 2020:

Good to know about the story of Keily, as she is traveling to another country. Going to another country, for further education or jobs, is normal nowadays. But it wasn't so, in earlier days. The children are much more adventurous and ambitious these days. I am sure, Keily would be able to achieve her ambitions, in the coming chapters.

Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 05, 2020:

Yes, traveling long distances is exhausting. Traveling over the oceans is a bit scary but I myself have made many long international flights by now so that I am accustomed to it. I am glad you enjoyed the story and are looking forward to the next part. Stay tuned until next week, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 05, 2020:

Traveling long distances by airplane is always so different.

The movies do make it nice.

It is a bit scary traveling over the oceans. Those bumps along the way do wake you up.

I will be interested to read about her journey going forward.

Have a pleasant day!

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 04, 2020:

I appreciate your comments. Stay tuned until next week. Also stay safe and well, Liz.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 04, 2020:

It's interesting to follow Keily as she travels abroad. I am keen to find out how the next stage of the journey goes.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 04, 2020:

Yes, Keily is very excited to learn what lies ahead of her. Please stay tuned until next week. Thank you for your generous comments. I really appreciate them.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2020:

This part of Keily's journey into her new life went smoothly. She must be so excited to learn what lies ahead of her! I'll look forward to the next chapter.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 04, 2020:

Thank you, Fran, for your heart-felt and generous comments. Yes, Keily is excited in her journey abroad and making friends with strangers as well. You got it right. Yes, she will thrive amidst challenges as the next chapters will show.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on June 04, 2020:

Kelly is genuinely excited to begin another part of her life. She is making friends wherever she goes and seems at ease, even with strangers. She has a lot of "Moxy" and will thrive on her next journey.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 04, 2020:

Yes, Keily is taking a big step in her life so that her life will change for the better in many ways. Stay tuned until next week. I appreciate your generous and insightful comments.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 04, 2020:

Life is a series of big steps into the unknown, and Kelly is taking one of those steps, and her life will change forever, and we all can relate to this wonderful story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 04, 2020:

Thank you for liking this part. I appreciate your generous comments. Stay tuned until next week. And stay safe and well.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 04, 2020:

Keily is moving along so well in her life. I could just imagine her excitment on the plane headed toward London. This is a very good chapter, Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 04, 2020:

Thanks for appreciating my work, Manatita. Stay safe and well.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 04, 2020:

Yes, you got it right about Keily's mixed feelings. Thank you for reading and commenting, Lorna. Stay well and happy.

manatita44 from london on June 04, 2020:

The journey into the unknown continues. Good work, Rosina.

Lorna Lamon on June 04, 2020:

Clever writing to give such a detailed account of the start of Keily's journey Rosina. I can imagine her on the plane and how she must be feeling - excited and perhaps a little apprehensive. I look forward to the next chapter in her life, as it unfolds.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 04, 2020:

I am sorry, John, that you felt disappointed when this part of the story finished. It shows me how much you enjoyed reading this episode. That makes me happy as well. Thank you for your generous and constructive comments. Stay tuned until next week.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 04, 2020:

Rosina, I enjoyed this chapter of Keily’s story and was actually disappointed when it finished. Good work, your writing seems to be improving all the time.

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