Chapter 7

Written by: Iliena Bosu

Cate sobbed uncontrollably in Jim’s arms as a young nurse bent over her with a cup of sweet tea and some pills.

“It’s all right, Jim,” she soothed. “Mr Keating’s machine was only off for a few seconds. Detective De La Cruz was checking on Cate’s progress outside and saw what happened. Cate still suffers from after affects and these can manifest themselves emotionally at any time.”

Jim breathed a sigh of relief and patted Cate’s arm. Traveling back and forth to see her each day was tiring. He yawned and looked at his watch.

The nurse smiled. “Why don’t you take a night off? Go home and get some sleep. We’re giving Cate something to make her sleep right through the night.”

Cate clung to Jim and waited for the nurse to leave.

“Jim,” she whispered, “I know who messed around with the SUV.” She kissed him lightly and smiled.

His eyes closed momentarily and his lips were tightly drawn while Cate explained what she saw during her out-of-body experience.  Jim listened with mounting frustration. 

The accident was her fault. She drove through a red light, distracted as she congratulated herself on her business success. As the accident scene faded, a new blurred scene came sharply into focus; a scene played out several weeks beforehand when Francesca argued with her, trying to convince her to divorce Jim. He was ruining her life with mounting gambling and household debts.  Francesca had threatened to sort Jim out herself if Cate remained sitting on the fence.

“Even if what you say is true you can’t think Francesca fixed the car?” interrupted Jim. “It’s me she hates, not you.”

“No, I haven’t finished,” said Cate weakly. She placed a hand gently on Jim’s cheek. “I know it wasn’t Francesca or you.”

She remembered after the argument that Francesca took the SUV for a service, saying she didn’t trust Jim to get it done. The following day she returned, saying a new mechanic had done the service.

“The strange thing is,” said Cate, frowning, “I had a strange flash vision of a mechanic hitting the SUV with a hammer or something and Francesca shouting at him. It was very quick and confused so I’m not sure what it was all about.”

Jim nodded and pulled Cate close. Her warm breath on his neck reminded him of all that he was missing from his life. A tear formed in the corner of his eye and ran down his cheek as he kissed her forehead.

The nurse bustled back into the room and smiled at Jim, saying Cate would be asleep shortly.

Jim yawned again and kissed Cate. Nodding to the nurse, he slipped out of the room as Cate’s eyes flickered momentarily, and then closed.

Walking briskly along the corridor Jim resolved to do two things. He needed to make peace with Francesca and find out what happened at the garage.

 

 

Raymond Stone (MT)