LOVE IN THE STRATOSPHERE
St. Louis – THE GATEWAY ARCH
By Neel Anil Panicker
As the tram swung skywards, Arvind Swamy’s face flushed with joy.
Barely an hour into his marriage, the young Indian engineer was fulfilling a long cherished wish: a ride atop the 640 feet high Gateways Arch, the tallest man made structure in the Western Hemisphere.
Closetted in their ‘space pods’, the newly weds watched through the window the city of St. Louis turn into a tiny speck.
Suddenly the lights went out and the tram plunged into darkness.
A voice on the intercom cut through the shrieks and cries of the hundred-odd co-passengers similarly stuck in their cars.
“Good evening, patrons. Please don’t panic. This is a power outage. A few cables have also snapped. It would take an hour to restore services”.
“What do we do now?” , the bride asked.
Reaching out in the dark, he replied,
“Something special…our honeymoon”.
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