Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (12) No Hiding Place (Part 05)
PC Ian Jennings was a tall man in his late twenties and also suffered with the unflattering uniform.
And as if being six foot four inches tall didn’t make him stand out enough, nature had also endowed him with flame red hair.
Kate was tall herself so it made a nice change to talk to a man who was taller than her and she had always had a weakness for red hair.
She felt a bit guilty under the circumstances because she was flirting with him shamelessly and she couldn’t help herself.
She inclined her head to one side and played with her hair and behaved like she did when she was still at school.
It didn’t take long to take her statement as she was very together and very precise.
Which was a blessing and a curse because he rather liked her and although the way she gave her statement made it easier for him to transcribe it meant the interview was over too quickly.
He thought it was a shame he was on duty as he would have asked her out under any other circumstances.
“Can I call you?” she blurted out “in case I think of anything else”
“Yes” he said “and perhaps I should have your number in case I have any more questions”
Kate sat down heavily next to Evangeline
“I’m sorry” she said
“For flirting with the PC I don’t know what came over me” she said
“Did you get his number?” Eva asked
“Well then no harm, no foul”
“What does that mean?” Kate asked
“I have no idea” Eva replied “but my brother uses it a lot”
It was midnight and she still hadn’t seen Siti, she was getting scans and x-rays and sutures, so she persuaded Kate to take her car and go home.
“Are you sure?” Kate said as they stood by the entrance
“Yes” she insisted “one of us has to be at work tomorrow”
“Everything is going to be fine” Kate said as they had one final hug.
It was 3 am when Evangeline finally got to see her, they had put her in a side room, and she stood in the doorway.
Siti had multiple cuts and contusions, a fractured cheek bone, three broken ribs and a broken arm.
When Evangeline walked into her room and saw her broken and bruised and looking so small in the hospital bed it almost broke her heart.
Eva sat on the chair beside her bed and held her hand and cried her eyes out.
“Don’t cry Eva” Siti said hoarsely
“Baby!” she replied but she’d drifted off again
It was 5 am and Eva had fallen asleep with her head on the bed when Siti woke again
“Is it safe?” she asked
Eva woke with a start and looked around the room then put her head back down believing it was her imagination
“Is it safe?”
“Is what safe babe?” Eva replied
“Don’t let Izhar find me again” she said and sobbed
“The police have him”
“Thank God” Siti said
“Did you know him?” asked Eva
“Who is he?”
There was a long pause
“He’s my husband”
“Your husband?” Eva asked in a surprised tone
“Yes I left him eleven years ago after he had beaten me up again”
“How did he find you?”
“One of his cousins was delivering to the Bengal and he recognised me” Siti replied
“Why didn’t you tell me?”
“I was ashamed” She said and began to cry
“Hush he can’t hurt you anymore”
“I’m sorry Eva” Siti sobbed “please don’t leave me”
“I’m not going to leave you” Eva replied “I love you Siti Shahara”
“Yes” she said “But you must promise me baby. No more secrets”
A few hours later Eva was feeling peckish so she went down stairs to get a sandwich and a coffee and just as the lift doors opened she was confronted by some familiar faces.
“Ah there you are?” Claire said
“How is she?” Asked Olivia
Eva dissolved into tears and a group hug ensued.
Three weeks later Siti was discharged and Eva was there to pick her up, she was physically on the mend, but she was still very fragile.
When they got back to Shallowfield Eva drove straight through towards the lake.
“Where are we going?” Siti asked with alarm
“I need to go home”
“You are” Eva replied
“I mean to the flat” Siti said
“You don’t live there anymore”
“We live together now” Eva said “If that’s ok with you?”
“God yes its ok”
“Well that’s ok then”
“I really love you Eva”