Just the Facts

Started by Maude Tillery at Aug 08, 2020 9:58 PM
January 0, 1924
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Sarah Simmons (née Tillery)

298
?Years Young
4 Posts

How can I live without you, how forgo thy sweet converse and love so dearly joined, to live again in these wild woods forlorn?

Milton, Paradise Lost


"You'll stay good, won't you?"  Reaching out, she took Sarah's hand, looking into her eyes.  Still the older sister, protective, worried, Maude would do what was best for Sarah, and passionately wished she knew what that was.  At least today had given her some insight.

“I will” replied Sarah softly, with a wan smile.

"Do you need anything else?  I'll be back in a couple days with your book."

The smile broadened a little.

“I don’t know if it’s allowed, or if he’d even like it, it’s a long journey, I know. But … do you think next time you come … could Hammy come, too?” she bit her bottom lip in anticipation.

“What do you think, Doctor Steele?" she suddenly asked the innocent bystander Greyson, hoping to garner support for the idea "I haven’t met him yet, I would so love to. Oh, we weren’t allowed pets as children, Dr. Steele, and I’ve never had the chance since… well we had a spider we kept in a matchbox for a while. Remember Maudy? Hamilton the seven legged spider! You named him after that boy you liked down the street, Hamilton Dyce.”

A sudden realization hit her. “Oh Maude… Hammy? Is that short for Hamilton?!” she put her hand to her mouth as if in shock. She was trying, in a tired sort of way, to have fun. But she always sagged and had to pause after each sally, like she was short of breath and was trying to run before she could walk.


Dr. Greyson Steele

MD, Surgeon
164
?Years Young
111 Posts

"Mum's the word, goes both ways."


He waited on the flood of words from Sarah to subside and then addressed the idea, "Why of course, Sarah, we can most certainly bring hammy, so long as the good Doctor here allows it on the premises. Perhaps outside, as I said, if it is permissible."

Greyson looked to Doctor Janos, as he certainly had the final word on such things, and even though he was conversing with his nurse, Greyson was sure he had heard the exchange and was already formulating a response to the women.

 


Maude Tillery

Doctor
108
?Years Young
134 Posts

 When life follows the course of our desires, it is easy to be swept along without thought.
Elizabeth Blackwell


"Hamilton Louicious Dyce!"  Maude laughed and clapped her hands.  "Oh, Sarah, you have such a good memory!"  She glanced at Greyson.  "Hamilton was my first crush...I was...maybe eight?  He sat in front of me in school and was soooo cute!"  She laughed again.  "He didn't even know I was alive, but I suppose you are right, that's where 'Hammy' came from."

On occasion, Sarah had teased her rather relentlessly about the kid, but Maude brushed it off, boys had never been a major concern to her, especially at that age, and she'd rather be in trees....which led to being out of trees, which led to being a doctor.

"Anyway, I'd be happy to bring Hammy by, he loves meeting people, and it would be a good excuse to be out in the yard for a while...maybe we could even have a picnic?"


Sarah Simmons (née Tillery)

298
?Years Young
4 Posts

How can I live without you, how forgo thy sweet converse and love so dearly joined, to live again in these wild woods forlorn?

Milton, Paradise Lost


"Hamilton Louicious Dyce!"  Maude laughed and clapped her hands. 

"'Ludicrous', I used to call him" chipped in Sarah to Greyson.

"Oh, Sarah, you have such a good memory!"  She glanced at Greyson.  "Hamilton was my first crush...I was...maybe eight?  He sat in front of me in school and was soooo cute!"  She laughed again.  "He didn't even know I was alive, but I suppose you are right, that's where 'Hammy' came from."

Sarah chuckled softly. "That's called a 'Freudian slip' - see, I've been hanging around head doctors too long, I know stuff like that." she said.

Both Dr Steele and Maude assured Sarah that it would be no trouble to bring the diminutive pooch Hammy along next time, if it was allowed, and even threw in the possibility of a picnic on the grounds. Sarah smiled at this, but instead of getting more excited, she sagged a little.

As if by some prescient sixth sense, Janos turned around at this point and quickly finished his conversation with the nurse and stepped back over to them.

"Oh Emil, is it all right if my sister and Doctor Steele bring a little doggy along with them next time?" she yawned, summoning a bit of strength from somewhere, to ask him that.

"Oh, most certainly!" beamed the man, his ebullience contrasting strongly with her energy-sapped demeanor, only adding the condition "As long he stays in the grounds or the front areas here." he indicated the area they were now in.

"But I think it must be time for your afternoon nap, Sarah. You mustn't over do things. Why don't you take your sandwich and chocolate bar with you, you can have them later." he suggested, the way he referred to the candy bar a shibboleth to his British roots.

Sarah gave a tired nod, like a tot who has stayed up beyond their normal bedtime and who, with eyes drooping, unwillingly concedes that it is time to climb the wooden hill.

She could hardly even open her mouth to say goodbye to her sister and her friend, but raised her hand and gave them both an ironical 'I'm-going-up-to-bed-now' wave.


Dr. Greyson Steele

MD, Surgeon
164
?Years Young
111 Posts

"Mum's the word, goes both ways."


Greyson had concerns that the smile on his face did not betray. The woman was so tired, a lack of energy, especially in the presence of Doctor Emil Janos. Then too, there was her use of his first name, highly unethical to everything he knew.

"Well then, it's back to Miami, and the daily grind, eh Doctor Tillery?" He used her title on purpose. Knowing that it would be an interesting conversation on the return trip.


Maude Tillery

Doctor
108
?Years Young
134 Posts

 When life follows the course of our desires, it is easy to be swept along without thought.
Elizabeth Blackwell


"Of course."  Maude smiled sadly.  "I don't want to tax Sarah's strength."  She hugged her sister, wishing there was a way to make things right, but life was never that easy.

"Thank you, doctor."  She nodded to Janos, then fell in step beside Greyson, remaining silent as they were escorted through the locked doors.  Once outside, she sighed.  "I've known for a long time that Sarah wasn't right, but I'd always hoped..."  She shook her head, on the verge of tears, but that could wait until they were in the car.  "This is a nightmare..."


Dr. Greyson Steele

MD, Surgeon
164
?Years Young
111 Posts

"Mum's the word, goes both ways."


He understood exactly how she felt. Her sister, helpless, almost as if she were a prisoner. He had made pleasant parting comments to Janos, although he meant none of it. There was something about the man that just rankled him, and yes, it was a nightmare, far worse than he had originally thought.

They reached the Cadillac and Greyson opened the passenger door for her to get in. “We’ll chat,” he said, almost under his breath. Quickly he went around to the driver's side, got in, and started the motor. Looking at her he could not just see her pain, he could feel it as well.

Backing out of the parking space, he wheeled the car toward the way out to the road which in turn led to the highway some five miles off. He applied some pressure to the throttle and the car responded by gaining a moderate speed.

“There is something dreadfully wrong, Maude. He said as the asylum fell behind them.


Dr. Emil Janos

Director of the Pembroke Pines Asylum for the Insane
298
?Years Young
22 Posts

"Freud and Jung are both wrong ... it is within the very flesh that madness lies!"


After Sarah had been taken back to her room by Miss Coburn, Janos called the nurse into his office.

"Ah, there you are!" the doctor greeted her in his plummy English accent "Sarah may be leaving us in a week or two, to go and live with her sister." 

Ruth Coburn gave a surprised little "Oh!"

"Yes..." drawled Janos "... not before time, either. She needs normalcy, not this madhouse!" he frowned. "Well, just so you know. That will be all." he finished. There was no point in making further arrangements until everything was cut and dried, but it was well for the person who worked closely with the depressed patient to know what was soon to happen.

Nurse Coburn left and Janos picked up the phone with a genial smile. He dialed an internal number and a reciever was lifted at the other end of the line.

"Jose? Prepare Leonard, please. I want to continue with yesterday's experiment... yes, I will need the auxiliary generator." He put down the telephone and opened a drawer, pulling out a pair of large rubber gauntlets.


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Maude Tillery

Doctor
108
?Years Young
134 Posts

 When life follows the course of our desires, it is easy to be swept along without thought.
Elizabeth Blackwell


Maude was trembling as the car pulled away, but she was at least glad that she had Greyson with her, and that he had the same thoughts that she did.  Even so, she was torn, and it was going to take a bit to gather her thoughts.

"I don't know what to do," she murmured, "I agree, something isn't right, and I most assuredly don't like that man, in more ways than one."  She sighed.   "But Sarah seems to like him and she's comfortable there, and she needs the stability.  But I'm inclined to start looking around for another place for her, maybe something more like a home."

Having a 'normal' life, but with supervision to help her with staying on track might be just the right thing for Sarah now.

 

 

 

 

 


Dr. Greyson Steele

MD, Surgeon
164
?Years Young
111 Posts

"Mum's the word, goes both ways."


“Stability is certainly most important for any patient’s stay anywhere. Yet I have to agree, that Janos is, well, odd in an unsavory way.” Greyson said as the walked to the car. “Truth be told, looking around for a place that’s ‘closer’ makes a lot of sense, no matter your justification for doing it. I’d like to make a call or two to a couple of people, see what I can really find out about Janos and his little sanctuary out there.”

There were a couple of men he was acquainted with that might just have information others did not. Information that would solidify Maude’s decision.

“I don’t like some of what I saw or your discomfort. That should not be the case.” He added.