A distraught mom loses her cool when barred from boarding the flight. "You don't understand! I need to see my baby!" she screams, but it's all for naught. In the end, she receives help from the most unexpected place.
When Caitlyn and Declan Cooper welcomed their son, Eden, Caitlyn decided to step up on the household front and embrace her mommy duties, making Declan the family's primary breadwinner.
However, a few months after Caitlyn became a full-time mom, Declan noticed how tired she looked. She hardly had any time to herself and couldn't sleep well since Eden would wake her in the middle of the night.
So on Catilyn's birthday, Declan surprised her with flight tickets to Japan for a trip with her friends, ensuring that he'd stay behind to care for Eden alone. Caitlyn was reluctant to go, figuring everything would be too much for Declan to manage on his own. But he insisted, and she agreed.
Caitlyn was barred from boarding a flight. | Source: Shutterstock
A week later, after Declan and Eden dropped her off at the airport, Caitlyn badly missed them already. Even as she settled on the plane, her thoughts were preoccupied with whether Declan would be able to care for Eden on his own.
From the minute she arrived in Japan, she called Declan every hour to check on how things were going at home. Her friends mocked her and laughed at her, saying she was just being paranoid about the whole thing.
But only Caitlyn knew how hard it was to subdue the unsettling fear in her heart that something dreadful was about to happen. She didn't know it would happen so soon…
Three days into their vacation, Caitlyn and her friends were at a beachside party. Her friends Amanda, Sophie, and Veronica were ogling their eyes over the shirtless men, complimenting their hot bodies, but Caitlyn … she was just lost.
"Hey, Caitlyn," Sophie whispered, interrupting her thoughts. "Where are you even, babe? Just look at that guy. Damn, he's hot…."
Caitlyn and her friends were enjoying a beach party. | Source: Unsplash
"Ughh," Caitlyn sighed. "I'm just not in the mood right now, Sophie. I - I want to go back to the hotel. I'm sorry."
Sophie frowned. "Is this about your baby and husband again? Look, Caitlyn, I understand you're a new mom and all that, but stop being such a bore here, okay? You know what, it's because you're too engrossed in that stupid phone! Give it here!" Sophie tried to snatch Catilyn's phone from her grasp.
"STOP IT, SOPHIE!" Caitlyn screamed, jerking Sophie's hand away and drawing Veronica and Amanda's attention away from the loud music. "I told you I am not interested! To hell with you and your party!"
Caitlyn stormed back to the hotel room, agitated, and she was pacing across the room frantically as she tried to get Declan to answer the phone. Back at the beach, she'd already tried contacting him three times, and now there were a total of 10 attempts with no news from Declan.
Caitlyn's heart dropped to the floor at that point, and as a last resort, she called their next-door neighbor, Mrs. Louis, to check on Declan and Eden, but the call went unattended. Sophie was bawling like a child at this point, unsure of what to do.
Caitlyn was dead scared when Declan didn't answer his phone. | Source: Unsplash
Suddenly, her phone rang, and it was Mrs. Louis on the other end. But in addition to Mrs. Louis' voice, Caitlyn also heard some commotion in the background.
"Mrs. Louis!" cried Caitlyn. "Declan…he's not returning my calls. Could you please check in on him and Eden for me? Please? I'm in Japan right now, and…."
"Caitlyn! Oh, I'm so glad you are safe, honey. There - There was a fire at your house, and the firemen... they're still trying to put it out..."
"Fire?" Caitlyn's heart skipped a beat. "Hello? Mrs. Louis?" The phone call was abruptly disconnected.
Caitlyn tried again, but it was all for naught. She panicked at this point and dashed back to the beach.
"Caitlyn, what's wrong? Why are you crying?" Sophie asked, concerned.
"Oh my god! Dec - Declan and Eden…there was…."
Caitlyn broke down after she learned her house was engulfed in a fire. | Source: Unsplash
"Okay, cool down, okay..." Amanda wrapped her arms around her and comforted her. "Did something happen at home?"
Still sobbing, Caitlyn told them what transpired, insisting to go home right then. Her friends accompanied her to the airport, but sadly, when Caitlyn checked for a flight back home, she discovered that all flights to New York were fully booked.
"I guess we'll have to wait, Caitlyn," Amanda said gently. "Let's hope everything turns out okay."
"Hell no! I am going home right now!"
Caitlyn began to plead desperately with nearly every customer at the check-in counter to sell her their ticket to New York. But she was met with dismay because hardly anyone understood English and those who did refused her.
Finally, an old woman approached her and offered to help her.
"Hello, are you the one wanting to buy a ticket?" she inquired gently.
A woman came to Caitlyn's rescue. | Source: Unsplash
"Oh yes!" Caitlyn nodded desperately. "I am ready to give you whatever price you want and even my diamond earrings, please! I need to get home to my husband and baby. Please!" she said, ready to offer the diamond earrings that were Declan's wedding anniversary gift to her.
The woman handed her her ticket with a gentle grin. "There's no need for that. You can have this. I'm Brenda White, by the way."
"Oh my God! Thank you so much! I'm Caitlyn – Caitlyn Cooper. Trust me, I'll forever be grateful to you!"
"You better get going," the woman said. "Your flight takes off soon."
"Of course, thank you!"
Caitlyn was over the moon, but her joy was short-lived when she was barred from the flight. "I'm sorry, ma'am," the ground stewardess at the check-in counter said after checking her passport. "The name on your passport does not match the name on your ticket. You cannot board this flight."
"Listen, you don't understand! I need to see my baby!" Caitlyn screamed. "Please let me go! It's urgent. I can't afford to waste time here!"
Catilyn was stopped at the check-in counter. | Source: Unsplash
"Sorry, ma'am, but that's the protocol. Please step back," the staff member replied flatly.
Caitlyn was about to burst into tears when another member of the staff approached her. "You may go, ma'am," she said. "We have received word about your situation, so it's all good."
Caitlyn was so panicked that she didn't even wait to hear how she was suddenly allowed on the flight. She was just anxious to get home – to Declan and Eden.
Several hours later, she arrived home and saw a half-burnt structure standing in place of what used to be her home, with no sign of Eden and Declan.
Caitlyn went to Mrs. Louis' house, shivering in horror as she wondered where her husband and child were.
Mrs. Louis consoled Caitlyn. | Source: Pexels
Mrs. Louis informed her that Declan and Eden were taken to the hospital immediately after the accident and were admitted there. Caitlyn rushed to the hospital and learned from doctors that their condition wasn't bad, but they needed to be monitored for a while. It turned out there was a short circuit at their home, resulting in a fire.
Caitlyn couldn't stop crying when she saw Eden and Declan wrapped in bandages and with bruises on their faces. But she was relieved that they were still alive and safe.
When they were discharged about two weeks later, they stayed at Mrs. Louis' place while their house was being repaired. It was during that time that Caitlyn told Declan about how an elderly lady had helped her.
Declan suggested they thank her, so they started looking for her on Facebook. But when Caitlyn found her, she almost collapsed to the floor. The woman was the airline owner's mother. She had posted several pictures with her son. No wonder the staff gave her a pass.
Declan and Catilyn messaged her via Facebook, wanting to thank her, and a few days later, they got a reply. Mrs. White arrived for dinner with a beautiful bouquet, having accepted their dinner invitation, and she got acquainted with not only Catilyn's family but also Mrs. Louis. The families have been close to each other ever since.
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