Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (09) Doctor in the House (Part 04)
Richard really needed to do something to say thank you in some way but wasn’t sure what or how.
There had been no music emanating from her flat and her car had not been parked outside since he got home from the hospital so he assumed she must be away so that took away any urgency, but it didn’t solve the essential problem of how to show his gratitude.
As luck would have it he was out in the woods one evening bird watching, it was his first time since he got home.
As he was still not one hundred percent recovered he stayed close to home, which is how he came to bump into Lynn Cooper who was out walking the dog.
"Hello Lynn" he said
"Hi Richard how are you?” she said “Fully recovered?"
“Yes, thanks to Dr Dooney”
"Is it true you had never met until that night?" Lynn asked
"Yes" he said "Though technically I still haven’t met her" he said to which Lynn looked at him blankly
I have no recollection of it at all, I only know of it by what the nurses told me, which the paramedics had told them" he clarified
"But didn’t she visit you at the hospital?" Lynn queried
"Yes, twice” he said “but I was sleeping on both occasions”
“I see” she said
“I am very grateful for everything she did though” he said “so I wanted to get her a thank you gift”
“She would appreciate that I’m sure” Lynn concurred
“So do you know what flowers she likes?” Richard asked
“She doesn’t” Lynn said definitively
“What do you mean?”
“She doesn’t like cut flowers” Lynn said
“Oh” he exclaimed “so..?”
“Chianti and truffles” Lynn stated
“Chocolate of fungi?” he asked
“Chocolate” she said
He had purchased what he had reliably been informed was a particularly good Chianti, he was no judge himself he was more of a traditional ale kind of guy.
The truffles however he could vouch for himself as they were one of his favourites and he bought them from a shop in Abbottsford’s Phoenix Centre called Crazy Chocolatiers.
He waited until a day he noticed her car had reappeared and knocked on the door and waited, he knew she was in because he'd heard the music coming from her flat, Vaughan Williams if he wasn't mistaken.
Chantelle had been away for a few days in Abbeyvale for a three day course on NHS bureaucracy, it wasn’t called that obviously but that’s what she thought of it.
She was so pleased to get home, and she smiled to herself when she thought about it.
Her flat was the first place she really thought of as a home since she was a girl and living with her parents.
She switched on the radio and smiled again as one of her favourite pieces “The Lark Ascending” had just begun.
She sat in the arm chair and let the music wash over her and with barely a minute remaining there was a knock at the door and she frowned.
She got up and walked to the door and looked through the peephole and saw it was Richard Grimwood
“This could be embarrassing” she said to herself
As the door opened he took a deep breath and she said.
“Mr Grimwood” she said “it’s nice to see you fully recovered”
She actually had to resist the temptation to say “With your clothes on”
“Hello doctor” he said but he couldn’t actually look her in the eye as he said it and he was blushing profusely.
Unfortunately though by looking down he ended up staring at her breasts which made him blush even more.
“I cannot express how grateful I am” he began
“Nonsense” she retorted
“I have to disagree on that,” he said almost forcefully “I would just like to give you this as a token of my gratitude”
“Oh” she said
”It’s really quite inadequate under the circumstances” he said but then realised that as he said it he was still looking at her chest, which really wasn’t.
“I mean the gift is really inadequate for what you did” and he blushed again.
Chantelle smiled at his embarrassment, then she looked inside the bag
“Oh how kind”, she said “they’re my favourites”.
“I know, I did my homework” he said and glanced up at her eyes for the first time “I hope you enjoy them”
And as he turned to walk away it was her turn to blush.