C H E S T E R A A R O N Over Amsterdam. Descending toward Schiphol. The El Al stewardess bestowed an approving smile as Ben locked and tightened his seat belt. In 1945 he had only seen Holland from the ground. He'd not known Nikki then. How old had she been? She was thirty-five now--no, thirty-six. That meant she'd been seven. The official leafed through his passport. "How long do you stay in the Netherlands?" Before Ben's response--"Two weeks"--was completed the official stamped his passport, slid it across the counter, waved him through the gate, and reached for the passport of the next passenger. While he waited at the luggage belts, Ben tried to find Nikki in the crowd behind the glass wall. He'd still not found her when the luggage began arriving. It was possible, he knew, that he was being deceived by her image of two years ago, when he'd met her in San Francisco. He'd changed in those two years; surely she had. "Oh," she'd said, in San Francisco, after they'd been together a month, "I wish I'd seen you before you began losing your hair. All those curls." As he moved now
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 4, 2008
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