“Come And See”: Part Ten

This is the tenth part of a fiction serial, in 743 words.

“You know I will help you, Jimmy. I would do anything for you, you must realise that. What help do you need? Just tell me”. Lesley sounded desperate. She had been surprised by Jimmy turning down her offer of moving in permanently, and that showed in her quivering voice. He explained that he would need someone to look after him, but to ask no questions about where he went, and what he did. And if anyone came to the house asking about his movements, she was to say they were together at the time mentioned.

That sounded easy enough to Lesley, and she nodded vigorously. “I can do that, Jimmy. I will look after you, and tell anyone anything you ask me to tell them”. To seal the bargain, Jimmy led her upstairs to mum’s bedroom, and rewarded her with what he knew she liked best.

He got the afternoon off the next day, to go and see the doctor at the hospital. Lesley said she would get more things from her flat, including the television, then bring them over by taxi that evening. It was a different doctor who Jimmy was shown in to see. A young man who had already lost most of his hair, and seemed stressed during the conversation. “Well, Mister Walker. I think you are aware that there is little more that we can do for your mother at the moment. Our plan is to move her to the Edith Cavell unit, where long-stay coma patients are cared for. I would caution you to not expect to see any improvement, even in the long term”. Jimmy took the leaflet he was offered, explaining visiting times and procedures at the unit. Then he thanked the doctor and left.

On the way home, he called into Killane’s Solicitors, taking the man by surprise. “Mister Walker, I wan’t expecting you, but it just so happens I have some papers for you to sign. By the end of the month you should be able to control your mother’s money, both her current account, and deposit account too”. Jimmy told him about his mum moving to the long-stay unit, signed two documents at the bottom of the page, and then looked Killane in the eye. He said he was trusting him with all this, and sincerely hoped that it was all above board. Something in the young man’s gaze made the solicitor decidedly uneasy. “I assure you, it is all legal and straightforward”.

Lesley was flushed and excited when she turned up in the taxi. Jimmy helped her carry the portable television in, then paid the taxi fare as she dragged another large suitcase into the house. She produced a bottle of wine from her shoulder bag, and stood a carrier bag on the table. “I got us two nice steaks for tonight, and I will make some chips to have with them. I have sent my landlord a a letter giving notice on the flat, so by the end of next month it will just be you and me, living here”.

She headed off into the kitchen to peel potatoes and start preparing the meal. Calling to him from there, she sounded happy and upbeat. “I am going to have to change my address and phone number with work of course. That might cause a stir, so I thought we should say that you are renting me a room here, you know, just as a lodger. We can explain that you need the money to pay the rent once your mum’s sick pay stops. What do you think, Jimmy?”

When he didn’t reply, she carried on peeling the potatoes. Jimmy was writing down names in his notebook. George Greaves was already in there, and now he added the surname Killane, with a question mark next to it.

Over dinner, Jimmy said that the idea of her being a lodger was a good one, and they should stick to that story for now. Later on, they could start to let people know they were a couple, and it would seem like a natural progression of their relationship. Lesley loved the sound of that, imagining that she might even get an engagement ring to wear. If she had to buy it herself, she didn’t mind. With dinner over, it was still a little early to suggest going upstairs, so she had another idea.

“Why don’t we set up the telly, Jimmy? See what’s on”.

41 thoughts on ““Come And See”: Part Ten

  1. It feels like Jimmy might be turning into a serial killer.

    Somehow I suspect that Jimmy is going to lose interest in television and Lesley.

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    1. I think she just wants to be happy, and Jimmy is what makes her happy. People in her situation seem to be very good at convincing themselves everything will work out. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. (1) When Jimmy shot her down, Lesley’s voice quivered. She had just suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
    (2) Overheard:
    Jimmy: “Let’s seal the bargain!”
    Lesley: “But we’ve already done that three times!”
    Jimmy: “This will be the fourth seal.”
    (3) Did Lesley have a flat screen TV in her flat?
    (4) The young doctor had already lost most of his hair, and seemed stressed during the conversation. Proof that stress can lead to hair loss.
    (5a) Jimmy looked Killane in the eye, and his gaze had a deleterious effect on the solicitor. “My eye has grown dim from vexation, and all my members are like a shadow.” (Job 17:7)
    (5b) Lesley headed off into the kitchen to peel potatoes. She peeled them because all those eyes were upon her, and that made her feel decidedly uneasy.
    (6) One of Jimmy’s notes: “Kill Greaves, but grieve for Killane.”
    (7) Overheard on the Starship Enterprise:
    Ensign Porter: “What should we do now, captain?”
    Capt. Kirk: “Why don’t we set up the telly, Porter?”

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            1. I knew someone who knew someone kinda sorry but apparently those who known her since her imprisonment say that it was definitely her that wore the trousers. Fred may well have had certain tendencies but without her would it have turned out like it did? I think not although I do feel he wouldn’t have been someone you would want in your neighbourhood.

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