Chapter 5-1A Chapter by Shep
Should also note that each chapter is approximants - 20 pages in word and have broken it down just for you to approximants - 5 pages per chapter.
This is a previous version of Chapter 5-1.
“Grandma what about EJ?” Danny asks.
“Shhh later” she said and whispered in his ear just so he can hear “he is the surprise”
Danny reaching the driveway seeing the Old Harley looked up at Mary, “did Grandma drive that?” he asks.
“Yes she did and you little one get to ride in that little motorcar, that it is the second surprise just for you” she said.
* * * * *
Passing the driveway Jim noticed his kids in the cars waving goodbye. He wondered where they were all going then seeing the Old Harley Davidson, which he has not seen for years. With shock and dismay creeps up inside him, his face nearly goes white. “No it can't be. His mother she has not road that thing in years. Besides she mellowed out and what would she be doing her in first place? It can't be her. We told her EJ won't be back for at least another week.” Jim rubbed his chin, grabbed the new window and starts to bring it into the house, climbing the stairs he hears his mother's voice. Jim swallowed hard, but noticed she is calm, just shooten the breeze with his wife as if was a Sunday dinner. “Maybe nothing is wrong, must remain calm, yea that's it she doesn't know......”
“Oh there you are son, come in shut the door if you wouldn't mind. What have you got there? It looks like a new window to
“Oh I see. Come, come in sit down” she said as if she was a spider and they were the fly spreading a new web.
”So mother” as Linda turns to look at Jim as they both swallowed hard, mouths dry and shaking a little...... “What's on your mind? I noticed the Old Harley outside and your old jacket.” He said with a puzzled look on his face, taking another swallow.
“Oh this old thing? I was just thinking about you son” she said as she came around and takes a chair across from them to see their faces better, watching them squirm...... “Is their something you would like to tell me?” she asks as she clicks the tea cup with her fingers and eyes blazing, if they could burn a hole right through his head…..Linda and Jim squirm like a mouse caught in a trap.
“What do mean Ma?” Jim slowly replies.
”Because I have seen him......” Fear swelled in their eyes “and I know where he is too.” Then she glanced at the new window lying against the wall “and I have a pretty good idea what's been happening around here too” she said.........She could hear them swallowing hard, but wanted to wait for the kill...... “You haven't tried the tea yet.”...she said almost teasing. Like it didn’t mater, but it did.
”No thanks Ma.” Jim replied with half a whimper in his voice.
Linda shaking takes the little cup, tried to take a sip and slops it down her front, she sets it back down and wiped her chin. Grandma, doesn't say a thing, but was smiling inside... Knowing it was now time to stoke the furnace and light the match....“I've just finished patching him up again and saw all his wounds; there’s not a question in my mind. On the how's? And the where's? Or the Who's?” Wanting to strike while the iron was white hot....... “Now then I need minute so just sit there and reflect, what I am about to do.” She said coolly letting sink into them.
“What do you mean about to do?” Linda asks as her voice is about to crack again.
“Mother, mother you can't, you can't do this,” Jim said shakily replies reading the paper in his hands. His fist tight and knuckles turned white as he made a fist as he reads the courts paper.
Grandma waited....“But I can and I have done it. Now I am sure you are going to have some questions, but I see now is not the time to ask them.....Have you noticed? Not once did you ask me if he was ok or what was going to happen to your other children. I want you to think about that for while. They are being cared for by someone else for the time being. Why you seek some help and I strongly suggest you do. I will send back my sisters to pick up their things, please have them ready. For now I need to go sit with my grandsons since he needs me the most right now.
“I won't be home for a few days; you can leave a message with Richard if you need to” she said. Then stared right into their eyes, "How could you?” as she looked right at Jim then leaned back into the chair eyes tearing up, “why would you both?” As she thinks of EJ down at Downing Farm. While sitting there sipping her tea to regain her Grandma composer.
“Linda if you wouldn't mind. I will needing some of Danny's clothes to take with me. If you can gather them I would appreciate it, I'll will be sending for EJ thing's later. Now, now dear don't pout dear. It causes wrinkles you know and I am trying so hard to be nice. If you feel that you need help please feel free to ask, there just right outside.” Linda and Jim looked shocked “Oh I didn't tell you dear?” As she looked at them pleased as punch and sees the terror in there faces and watched them turn white. “I almost completely forgot. My memory these days. Well then, while I was down at Judge Parker's place, you know me and him go way, way back, in fact I remember the time.”
“MOTHER?” Jim replies in angry and impatient voice.
“Mother?” Jim replied gritting his teeth.
”Yes son?” she asks.
”I know who he is, get to the point” he said.
“Yes son I was just about to do that, if you would stop interrupting me. Anyway, Doctor Hatfield has seen EJ all ready and is planning on seeing the rest of the other children. He and an officer from the court house are outside, if you would like I can bring them into help if want dear? Now where were we? Oh yes. Danny things, Linda would you please. I really need to get back. It seems you two have lot to do and you need time to be alone” she replied.
“Yes, Grandma.” Linda said sounding very angry as her eyes glared back at her.
“You dear can call me Grandma Stuart or Grandmother Stuart, but not Grandma dear, now Danny things please, I have grandson to get back to.” She said trying to control the anger.
Linda carefully nods her head now which is about to explode of the events that just unraveled in front her. EJ has been found and indeed, he has been badly hurt, what's worse she knows. In fact everyone knows it was their fault. She looked at EJ's grandmother sitting across from her husband Jim, to get Danny things. It reminded her of a black widow spider, “I hate spiders” thinking to herself, she never did like me, look at her gloating over there. My question is how did she find out in the first place?” As she walked to Danny's room seeing the empty beds gazed over where EJ would normally sleep. “Too many of those bad genes if you ask me” she said.
She grabbed a pillow case off the bed and stuffed some of Danny's clothes into it and throwing in that cursed old hat. Walked pass the broken window where EJ leaped for his life. With a tear in her eye she whispered, “What have we done?” Turned down the hall toward the girl's room and sees their empty beds. “My little angels, there still might be hope for you still.” Then turned and walked with pillow case in hand back to the living room. She see the spider waiting, sitting with her husband in the web she has just spun about them; getting ready to prey upon its meal........Linda thinking “sweet mellow mother in law phew, I was right all along, bad genes. Lots of them in spades if you ask me.”
“Now then Jim as I was saying” Grandma said as she picked up the pillowcase from Linda “I would strongly suggest you get the help you need son. Then the children will be return to you, but as for as EJ. I don't except much there son. The wounds you caused. I am afraid you both caused.” As she stared at both of them. “Go a lot deeper then any physical wounds will ever go I am afraid. I just hope little Danny.....I can't even bare to think of it and only hope its not to late even for those girls of yours......”
“We will talk later son, you to Linda and by the way Linda I did like you when you married my son and I did trust you with my grandchildren and still do, but not until you seek help. Now then I have said my peace. Your son EJ needs me so I'll be off.” Grandma said as she stands and opened the door. “Oh Jim don't install this window just yet wait a few minutes. Ok, boys you can come in be quick. These two have been through a lot today” she said.
“Yes Grandma.......” they replied.
“Mother?” Jim asks.
“Yes Jim? Don’t worry.... For now at least. There just going look around some that's all, just sit tight. They have there orders not press charges for now and Doc wants to examine the both of you. To find out what kind of parents you are? In fact we are all wondering that, tell you the truth. After that it's up to you what you do my dear. Bye for now I really must go” she said as she slings the pillowcase into the sidecar compartment, puts on her gloves and helmet and throws her blue scarf in the back, step on the peddle of old Harley and with a shattering “Roar” that rattles the nearby windows and doors, smoke bellowing out the muffler. She squealed the tires and pops a wheelie and she was off to find Danny. Leaving Jim and Linda standing their with mouths open stunned by the sight.
”Yep, she's a wild one there your mother” Doc Hatfield said scratching his chin.
”What?” Jim asks as he slowly turned to meet the man beside him.
“Oh Doc Hatfield is the name; we should go inside” he said.
“Oh, oh yes” Jim replied not wanting the neighbors to see him.
* * * * *
“Hello Mr. Jones.
“Well now, I'll be a cleaned cat with nowhere to go if isn't my dear old friend Mrs. Lizy Dragren” he replied.
“How you been Mr. Jones?” she asks.
“Can I get some ice cream for these children please, while we wait for their grandmother to arrive? She should be here momentarily. She had some business to attend too, and while your add it I think I'll have two scoops myself” she said.
“Oh please Mr. Jones I haven't had that good of figure in ages. You really o't be ashamed of yourself trying to making old lady like me blush like that” she replied.
“What would your wife say Mr. Jones?” she said as she giggles.
“Aunt Lizy?” Peggy asks.
© 2011 Shep
Whats Behind the Looking Glass?
AboutUpdated January 23, 2013 I have started a New Book Titled: My Life And How It Has Changed Me. Listed under my single books. I would love to have lots of friends that review my hard work. Please .. more..