“Come And See”: Part Six

This is the sixth part of a fiction serial, in 690 words.

Jimmy checked that his mum was actually breathing. Then he rang 999 and asked for an ambulance, telling the dispatcher that his mum seemed to be unconscious. After that he ran along the street to Mrs Faraday, gave her his mum’s keys, and asked her to wait in his house for the ambulance. He told her he had to go to work, and couldn’t possibly be late. Giving her no time to argue, he headed off to the bus stop.

At the eleven o’clock tea-break, he mentioned to Lesley about his mum, and she was shocked to hear that he had still come into work. She went to tell the head of department, and he insisted that Jimmy leave work immediately, and go to the hospital. Jimmy was reluctant to go, telling his boss that he would call into the hospital after work, and see if she was still there. But with Lesley joining in, he had no alternative but to go and get the bus to The Royal Victoria.

Casualty reception was quiet that morning, and a kind older woman said she would get one of the nurses to come and speak to him. Ten minutes later, a crisp and efficient Nursing Sister appeared. She took Jimmy into an unoccupied cubicle and told him that his mum had suffered a serious stroke. She used the word ‘catastrophic’ in fact. Although she was still alive, and likely to stay alive, she would probably be unable to speak or move. She asked Jimmy about family who could help, and he told her he was it. Then she took him to see his mum in a side room.

Norah Walker looked like she was sleeping soundly. In fact, she was snoring. Jimmy looked at her, thinking she looked a lot older than she did yesterday. Behind him, the nurse talked about long-term care, possibly in a residential facility. She was sure Jimmy could never cope alone, and said the doctor would come to speak to him soon. She left Jimmy siting by the bedside, without a clue what to say or do.

The doctor looked tired. He said his name was Doctor Singh, and he was wearing a turban. But his accent was the same as Jimmy’s. He repeated what the nurse had said. Mum might never recover, but she could possibly live for many years yet, maybe as long as twenty years.

When he concluded by asking if Jimmy wanted him to try to get her into long-term care, Jimmy was nodding before he had finished speaking.

That night at home, Jimmy did something he had never done before. He went through all of his mum’s papers, which were stored neatly in a drawer in her bedroom. There was a life insurance policy, but as she was still alive, he ignored that. Then he found some papers from a solicitor in town. Patrick Killane Solicitors seemed to have dealt with all of his mum’s business, and he thought he had better contact them.

He phoned the number on the headed notepaper, and he was eventually put through to Patrick himself. He didn’t have the expected Irish accent, and spoke softly in a very cultured way. “Mister Walker, I think you should come in and see me. I have things to discuss now Norah is in this condition. Will tomorrow at six be suitable?” Jimmy confirmed that appointment, and hung up.

That night, he carried on reading the New Testament, and got as far as 1 Peter before falling asleep.

Lesley was all over him the next morning. She wasn’t talking about work at all, just telling him she would cook him dinner, even come to his house to do it if he wanted. She said he shouldn’t worry about work, as she had spoken to the boss. He was happy to give Jimmy as much time off as he needed. Norah was a long-term employee, and much valued. Lesley said that if he wanted, she could stay in a spare room at his house, and look after him.

Preoccupied with the meeting with Killane later, Jimmy just nodded, and gave her his door key.

35 thoughts on ““Come And See”: Part Six

  1. It’s all happening now but I’m still baffled but as I am on catch up no doubt some will be clear within the next half hour…what id clear is that Lesley is homing in rather quickly good episode, Pete πŸ™‚ x

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  2. I wonered why Jimmy kept reading the Bible. I mean, he had the chancee of freedom fromall that now. Something must have got him hooked. I wonder what!

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    1. Sorry, you are ‘Anonymous’.
      Jimmy got home, and there was nothing else to do. So he carried on reading. He had become used to doing that.
      Give him time to adjust. (Or not…)
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. (1) Jimmy checked that his mum was actually breathing. Then he rang 666 to ask for an ambulance. “This is Charon Transportation Services. How can I help you?” Jimmy suddenly realized that he’d dialed the number while holding the phone upside down.
    (2) Lesley would have accompanied Jimmy to the bus stop, but she was no Marilyn Monroe.
    (3) Bad citation: “Ten minutes later, a crisp and efficient Cursing Sister appeared. She took Jimmy into an unoccupied cubicle and told him that his mum had suffered a serious stroke. She used a lot of curse words to describe it, in fact.”
    (4) No, James Walker, these are not Good Times.
    (5) Doctor Singh knew how to lay on the charm. He could charm hospital staff, sick patients, visiting relatives, and hooded snakes.
    (6) 1 Peter Johnson wrote this story.
    (7) Lesley was all over Jimmy the next morning. As a result, Jimmy gave her the key to his heart.

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