Published in Overland Issue 201 Summer 2010 Main Posts / Writing Flight Vikki McNaughton i had a bath. life continues so you see it was necessary to have a bath. i turned the light off so the air was blue. there need be no effort wasted by floating in a hot bath, on hiatus from life. on the plane you’d stopped breathing when you saw you were seated next to me. it was, in a way, a victory for me. i’d smiled for the first time in months. my eyes are itchy and my cheeks feel grubby but there’s nothing I can do about that. you can’t wash away tiredness. there’s not a whole lot of dirt on a plane and anyway, clean will suffice for now. you’d gone: you monster, you said, you’d gone: student, mediocre at best, and you’d gone: such an ego, and i, i went, i believed you. i’d believed you. the glass is beginning to fog. my cheeks are flushed and they will think this is a sign of health. through the window, the clouds rise like cathedrals. Vikki McNaughton Vikki McNaughton works and studies part-time. More by Vikki McNaughton Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?