“He’s not the type to go crazy over anyone, but he thinks you are ready to leave the nest. Only you are getting a chance to do so sooner than most. He trusts my judgment. I’ve told him of your abilities, plus all your jungle flying experience only helped him with his decision. We think you arrived here fully capable and the process is just a formality.”
“Not to mention Paul Abbot,” Rachel said.
“Don’t tell me he decided to leave?” John asked.
“He can’t exactly stay here with a special needs child. His place is with his family,” said Steve.
“I know. I thought there was something that could be done here for them,” said John.
“I’ll have to tell you about the boarding schools later.” Steve knew he still had a lot to show John “But that pales in comparison to how harsh an environment ours would be for a pilot trying to meet his child’s requirements.”
“I know how badly he wanted to stay,” said John.
“God still has plans for him,” Steve reminded.
But do those plans include flying? John thought.
“Tomorrow we’ll hit some mountain passages and see how you handle ‘em,” said Steve.
“I’m ready to hit it,” said John.
“Understand that Jason cares for everyone here and is careful how he dispatches the pilots and missionaries. He has to evaluate everyone. No slackers, no individuals, and definitely no hot shots,” Steve said.
“Yeah, I figured him as no nonsense,” said John.
“Just remember, there is a lot of pressure that comes with his job. And there’s a whole string of events that led him here,” said Steve.
“I guess so,” John said. He reluctantly pushed back from the table. “I’d better go.”
Jeffrey W. Bennett, is the author of Commitment-A Novel and other non-fiction books, novels and periodicals.