For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.
Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrates the release of Brenna Aubrey’s latest book “For The Win (Gaming The System Book 4)”. In this one, the author tells us about “…that time I almost got thrown out of the airport for stalking Mr. Sulu in the wrong security line…”
You’ll never believe… by Brenna Aubrey
…that time I almost got thrown out of the airport for stalking Mr. Sulu in the wrong security line…
Almost a year ago, on the way to a writer’s convention in Texas, my husband surprised me with a first class upgrade he’d managed to snag at a bargain for my flight. So he dropped me off at the curb at Los Angeles International Airport and I waited in a short line to drop my luggage off with a skycap porter.
First class air travel is a rare (read: never) treat for me so I had a big goofy grin on my face as I waited my turn, but minutes after dropping my luggage off, I turned my head and found that I was staring straight into the face of George Takei, shielded behind sunglasses. I froze and eighty different scenarios went through my head. I wanted to whip out my phone and snap a pic, tweet, post on Facebook and talk to him about how much I loved Star Trek and his character, Mr. Sulu—all at the same time.
I ended up doing none of these things because I didn’t want to bother him. He was with his husband and they were talking as they moved from the Skycap into the hanger and up the escalator.
Meanwhile I was frantically texting my husband with shaky hands. He told me to just go talk to him. I couldn’t do that! I was too scared.
But I wasn’t too scared to follow him up the escalator, hang out on the step right behind him and listen to that awesome voice I’d heard so many times on TV and the movie screen saying “Helm isn’t responding, Captain.” And “Aye aye, sir. Warp speed!”
So I thought nothing of following him as we hit the security line. It wasn’t technically stalking, after all. We were just…going in the same general direction, breathing the same air. And I was trying to contain the geeky fangirl squee.
Turns out, Mr. Takei was all decked out with that fancy TSA security precheck and I was not. Cue trombone sounding wah, wah, wah as the stern TSA guy turned me away with a frown.
But…but…I wanted to explain that I was this-close to Mr. Sulu! I’d been watching him drive the Enterprise since I was a kid. Please, just this once?
No dice…so instead of a memory of telling Mr. Takei how much I enjoyed his work, or even a clandestinely snapped photo from my phone, all I have to show for my brush with Star Trek royalty is a shaky tweet full of barely-contained squee and a fun memory with which I can poke fun at myself.
Alas, we all have those moments when we coulda, woulda, shoulda, but I like to think that Mr. Takei was probably happier I didn’t intrude on his privacy that day and instead stalked him from afar.
OH. EM. GEE!!!! How VERY cool. My friend and I have had our own little funny mishap run-in with the TSA “pre-checked” line. LOL! But as it was simply sheer confusion, and not star-stalking. 😉
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About Brenna Aubrey:
I’m a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary romance featuring geek culture. My bestselling romance series, Gaming The System, is available in eBook and print format across all vendors.
When I’m not dreaming up people and worlds and writing them down, I’m also a mom, wife, teacher, avid reader, a proud geek-girl, a self-confessed gaming addict, a French-speaking Francophile, lover of nature and beautiful sunsets.