Twilight Zone episode 123: Nightmare at 20,000 feet
Will hated airplanes.
He walked onto the plane and sat down, feeling sweat dripping down his face even though they hadn’t yet taken off. Closing his eyes he took a deep breath, letting out all the air at once just before a voice asked, “Are you all right, sir?”
Will opened his eyes, blushing as he said, “I’m fine,” putting on his belt and waiting with his hands clawing at the armrest just as they took off into the air.
He was surprised by no one sitting near him, grateful that he didn’t have to justify his fear with a stranger for the next few hours though the flight attendants giving him looks of pity were enough.
They were flying for over an hour when Will saw movement on the wing. He turned, looking out the window in surprised when he sees a man standing on the furthest point of the wing, wiping off his suit and walking towards him.
Will almost screams, hands over his mouth as he turns to look at the attendants walking around. No one else seemed to notice, Will staring back out the window with growing horror as the man got closer.
He hurriedly pressed the button above his head, nearly jumping out of his skin as the attendant appeared, smiling at him with pity, “Yes, sir, can I help you?”
Will wiped his face, biting his lip as he looked back at the window and then at the woman in front of him. “There’s someone outside.”
The attendant smiled, looking like she wanted to laugh. “Sir, I think you’re just seeing things. There is no one outside. We are 20,000 feet in the air.”
Will shook his head. “No! I saw him! He’s wearing a suit and he’s coming closer! He’s…!”
She grabbed his arm, “Sir, calm yourself. Your fears are getting the best of you. Please, just calm down. There is no one there.”
Will took his hand back and turned, staring out the window.
There was nothing there.
He sighed, relaxing all the once. “Maybe you’re right, I…I could’ve sworn I saw someone.”
The attendant patted his hand and said softly, “I will get you something to drink. Scotch?”
He nodded once and she left, Will closing his eyes as he relaxed.
She returned a moment later and handed him the drink, Will downing it all at once before attempting to close his eyes.
The tapping on the window was what woke him, Will immediately tensing as he opened one eye and nearly screamed.
The man was staring at him from the outside, his smile curious and when he waved Will moaned, hands over his face just as he disappeared as quickly as he’d come.
Will screamed out, “HE’S OUTSIDE! I SEE HIM!”
Two attendants appeared as Will shot up, pointing out his window and they strapped him down, just as the captain’s voice said, “Due to a disturbance, we are going to have to land sooner. I apologize for the inconvenience.”
Will moaned as they strapped him down, “No, he’s there! I saw him! I did!”
The attendants all glared, just as a new voice said, “I can help sedate him, I am a doctor.”
Will could barely see for the sweat and tears in his eyes, but he knew that face anywhere.
“No, no, no! It’s him! He was outside! He’s…!”
The man sat down beside him, looking impeccable for someone who had been outside just moments before. He touched Will’s hand and was ice cold, making Will moan just as he took out a needle to sedate him. “I am a doctor, sir, I am only here to help.”
“I saw you,” Will moaned, his yelling softening, “I saw you.”
The man smiled, touching his face. “Yes, Will, you did, as you were meant to. I have been looking for you, for so very long.”
Will’s eyes were closing as he mumbled, “Who are you?”
“I am the keeper of your heart, mylimasis, and I am here to collect.”
Will felt himself drifting as the hand on his intertwined their fingers together, “I don’t…”
He shivered when the stranger touched his face. “My name is Hannibal, and I am going to take such good care of you.”