Bedtime Story: Silver and Scotch – Night 3

Silver and Scotch, Downton Abbey

Silver and Scotch
Copyright 2015 by Barbara Hinske

Night 3

Jim Harrison pulled into his driveway and checked the clock on his dashboard. His grandson would be starting another chemo treatment in a few minutes. He’d have time for a few hours of sleep before he needed to be at the hospital to relieve his daughter so she could go to work. Sarah supported her family of three and provided all of the benefits since her deadbeat ex-husband contributed nothing. Without medical insurance, they’d really be toast.

He set his keys on the kitchen counter and picked up the note left by his wife.

Plate of supper in fridge. Heat in micro for 3 min. Eat before you collapse into bed. We’ll get through this. Love you more than life. N

He sighed and headed to the refrigeration. Nancy would be at Sarah’s house, getting their other two grandchildren off to school, maintaining a happy sense of normality for them. What did people do without family in situations like this?

They’d planned a much different retirement. After the euphoria of putting Scotch Blake in prison, he’d retired and they’d charted a series of trips to Canada, Europe, and Asia. He’d finally be able to reward Nancy for sticking with him through all of his long hours and frequent absences from family functions and school events. He even missed Nancy’s surprise 60th birthday party. All in the pursuit of Scotch Blake.

They’d gotten as far as London when the call came in about Scott and they cut their trip short, returning home just before his first surgery. Jim recognized the financial strain the prolonged treatment would place on his daughter and considered himself very fortunate to have landed the high-paying security job where he now spent fifty hours a week. It wasn’t exciting—nothing like the heady days tracking Blake—but at least he could make enough money to help out.

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