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It Goes To Show… By CpSingleton © 2016

‘Help me!’ The pained, strained voice called out. ‘I need a doctor!’

‘There aren’t any, Iris,’ a pale blue uniform implausibly told the elderly lady, as she shuffled out of the hospital bay and on towards the nurses station.

‘I can’t breath,’ Iris persisted.

Barnes looked from the poor, grey lady and then back to the aunt he was visiting.

‘A hospital without a doctor?’ He told his Aunty Jean, with sarcasm dripping from every word. ‘Seems strange that, eh?’

He didn’t like the nurses dismissive reply, but didn’t want to touch upon it to his aunt. It seemed somehow cold and cruel.

‘She’s always like that,’ his Aunty told him in a whisper. ‘Kept us awake all night shouting for a doctor. Well, all but Elsie,’ she added, before pointing to the bed next to hers.

Barnes stole a quick glance and was shocked at what he was seeing. Because, hunched up like her spine was jelly, feed pipe through her nose, fat tongue lolling, was the most pitiful patient.

Barnes could see no point in her suffering. He stifled his tongue from spitting out “You wouldn’t treat an animal like this. You’d put it down.” Though was glad he had not as another character appeared on cue.

The man who appeared and sat as silent as a thought by her side, hands stroking hers as if they delicate china, would probably had a few choice words to say about putting her down. 

It still didn’t seem right.

‘I need a doctor!’ Iris began again. ‘I’m dying!’

‘No, you’re not, Iris, love,’ the nurse called as she reentered the bay, carrying a bowl of what may or may not have been jelly. ‘How about a little of your favourite? It’s strawberry.’

‘Bill says my heart’s stopped,’ Iris insisted.

‘Then tell Bill he’s wrong, because he should know that I wouldn’t allow anything to happen to you, now would I?’

Barnes watched the nurse tickle the grey, wispy hair across Iris’ wrinkled forehead like a mother would her newborn, before spoon feeding the smiling lady with her favourite.

‘Apparently,’ Aunty began in a whisper, pulling Barnes away from the jelly scene. ‘Iris used to be a university Professor, you know?’

‘Really?!’ Barnes asked, wide eyed. ‘Goes to show that you just can’t tell, eh?’

‘Exactly,’ Aunty replied with a shrug.


About Chris42

I am a liar! A maker-uper of stories! If this was the 16 (c) I'd be burned as a witch. Fank goodness it is not, eh?! I have four children: two wonderful girls, a fantastic lad and Leeds United. I have no strict genre. I write children's poetry and stories, to edgy, stronger themes. Up until now I have stored them for my own and my family's viewing. Last year i thought bugger it and starred in several short films. One, Playground, which is on the BBC Film Network, used the monologue that I wrote for the audition. You should've seen the face of the receptionist, of the Manchester hotel, where the audition was being held, as I turned up dressed as the psychopath, Gordon. It got the desired effect! I then moved up to Cumbria and wrote and appeared in several live performances on stage. 2012. A local artist, Kayleigh Richardson, commissioned me to write a poem for her to paint a representation. I sent her, The Rise of the Robot Monkey Army. Kayleigh painted a fantastic piece that blew my mind! From that we are collaborating on the Jacob Bear series of stories. Oh and Two's Company is to published, along with seventeen other Sci Fi short stories as part of a collection. Not a bad start to the, so called, last year of the Earth. Now is the time to show the rest of you. I take my themes wherever i see them, whether in reality or dream-world. I hope you enjoy. If not tell me why. If so tell me why. Many thanks and be safe. So far I have published: Jacob Bear's first Christmas,https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007GK872A (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007GK872A (USA) Jacob Bear Goes to School https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007JD3OKY (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JD3OKY (USA Jacob's First Words https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007VZWPSC (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007VZWPSC (USA) Space Here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007H96M90 (UK) &http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H96M90#reader_B007H96M90 The Rise of the Sponge Cake Moon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007WWZ16M (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007WWZ16M (USA) © Madstoffa, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.


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