The Sailor's Stories

1042 Chapter forty two – The Sailor’s Awakening.

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The boys had heard what Cabe said, and within seconds they were a total mess, having said that, my own emotions were threatening to spill over as well. However, I couldn’t do much of anything about it, and I was totally torn. On the one hand, I needed to console my boys, yet I also needed to be there for my friend as well. Not too mention the fact that I needed to find out where this hospital was, and then secure transport. Cabe himself was obviously to far gone to think of anything coherent, and was simply blubbing into my shoulder. Time was wasting, and we really needed to get on…, I had to think of something…, and it had to be pretty damn quick.

Taking to look over at the boys to make sure they weren’t to bad, all the while trying to think of something,  I saw that though they were still upset, they had huddled together and were looking quite intently at Dale’s phone. To me, that seemed to be in pretty poor taste right at that moment, and ashamedly I was getting a little bit more than pissed off. However, after only a few short seconds Dale looked up at me, and with tears still running down his sweet face, he smiled, and stepped over to us…

“The hospital isn’t that far Uncle Cam…, look…” He said, as he pushed his phone in front of my face.

In all the commotion of the last few heated minutes, my very own tech expert had done his thing once more. Dale wasn’t at all flashy with his talents, not like his brother, but when the need was on, he really shined. I was so proud of him, and it showed in the sudden smile of appreciation I sent his way. Pulling Caleb together, I motioned for the boys to follow as I headed to the small terminal building. Time was short, and I was pretty sure that we could at least get a taxi there. Besides, as pilot, I had to check in with the FAA office. As it turns out, that didn’t take as long as I thought it would, and we soon found our way out the main doors where we saw a lone taxi waiting. As luck would have it on this day of days…, it was a van.

Ten minutes after we had piled in and handed over directions, we were at the main entrance to ‘All Childrens’. It was a nice looking modern place. I was getting a little more comfortable that JJ had been taken there. Stepping inside we were met by an old grandmotherly looking nurse, in a colourful set of scrubs, with a name tag that read Mary, sitting at the reception desk. She just had this look about her, smart, caring…, and attentive…, her greeting to us, was like she had instantly sized as up and knew what we were about…

“Hello there,” She said with a smile, “Who is it that you’ve come to see dear?”

“My names Caleb Green…, my son was brought in…, the last I heard he was headed to surgery…, his name is James Jasper Green…, but he answers to JJ…, can you tell me where I can find him?”

“Hmmm…, let me see…, if you just take a seat over there, I’ll see what I can find out.”

The next few minutes were some of the hardest any of us had had to endure…, but they were most telling on Caleb. He was even more of a wreck than he had been at the airport, I sorta had an inkling of how he had felt, as I had been in a similar position a few years back after I too had been called to the hospital. When Corey was in the sixth grade, he had been out sitting on the sports field when his appendix burst. I can remember being livid at the time, because I found out that he had complained of stomach pain, but the teachers hadn’t paid any attention until it was almost too late.

The only real difference there was that although I had no real idea of his condition, until I got there, at least I knew that he was soon to be out of danger…,  and we weren’t that far from home. In Caleb’s case we had no idea, and the staff hadn’t told us anything yet…, plus we were obviously miles from home. After a while, I sent Carl and Dale off to find us something to eat and drink…, it had been long flight and the sandwiches and sodas that they had brought, hadn’t lasted very long. To be honest, being able to organise a few things, at least made me feel a little useful.

We’d been sitting together for some time, Caleb in the middle of Corey and I, our arms over his shoulders trying to at least comfort him a little, when we saw a doctor approach. He was pretty young as doctors go…, maybe mid thirties, but he had an air of respect and knowledge surrounding him, easily demonstrated by the looks and greetings he was getting from the other staff in view. There was a confident swagger to his step, and when I looked closer, he at least didn’t seem to be the bearer of bad news…, I hoped to god I was right.

“Mr Green…?”

“Yes…, are you the doctor treating my son…, where is he…, can I see him?”

He was wearing light blue scrubs under his lab coat that were a little sweaty, I noticed as he sat down on the coffee table in front of us. He nodded a greeting as he took a brief look at me, and an appraising professional look at Corey, before he turned back to Caleb with a hearty smile…

“Yes I am sir…, My name is Phil O’Connor I’m a paediatric surgeon here…, we’ve just taken JJ out of surgery…, he’s being taken to recovery now…, but as soon as I heard you were down here, I had to come talk to you…”

“Thanks doc…” I said, for Caleb, as I wasn’t sure he was capable of it right now. Again he nodded at me, before he continued.

“Your son is quite the little fighter sir…, he sustained some pretty serious injuries, but I’m happy to say that he’ll pull through with no ill effects.”

I think we shed a collective sigh of relief at that news. Even the other two, who had made it back with more sandwiches and sodas…, and a coffee for Caleb and I. They silently handed out the food, Caleb didn’t seem interested as he was lost in thought…, he did take the coffee though. When I looked over at him, still trying to push a sandwich into his hand, I could see the relief on his face, it washed over him like a late night tide. It seemed that at least to Caleb, he could stop worrying…, his boy was going to be ok. However, now that the danger had passed the lawyer in him resurfaced, and he needed the facts.

“What…, what injuries…, tell me what happened to my boy?”

Dr O’Connor took a look at the boys and I, then said, “Ah sir…, perhaps you would like to take this somewhere private?”

“No…, whatever you can say to me, you can say to them…, spit it out please Doc.”

“Ah…, alright then…, JJ was brought in by Helicopter trauma flight early this morning…, at first glance he had taken a pretty decent beating…, there was some bruising and lacerations to his face, neck, chest and abdomen…, he also had some bruising on his feet and hands, he must have put up a hell a hell of a fight with his attacker…”

He paused for a moment to let that sink in, and when the severity of it hit me, I decided that I didn’t want the boys to hear anymore, so I asked them to go to the gift shop and get us something to put in JJ’s room. Again they went without argument, but as they cared a lot about JJ, you could tell they weren’t happy about it. Once they were out of earshot, the Doc looked at me appreciatively and continued…

“… Due to the extent of his internal damage I can only imagine what he went through. We took several x-rays as soon as he arrived, and they showed damage to his spleen and liver…, we felt it prudent to take him into surgery right away…, there really wasn’t time to contact parents…, I’m sorry sir…”

Poor Caleb had moved from despair to rage, he once again had that coiled spring thing going, but this time it was easy to see that it had a hair trigger. His anger wasn’t directed at the Doc, or me for that matter…, but god help anyone who got in his way. I was pretty certain that an unholy hell was about to be unleashed on whoever was responsible…, and to be honest, if he didn’t or wasn’t able to lead the charge…, I was pretty damn certain if he asked me too…, I would do it for him. In fact after I had seen the poor boy and made sure he was ok, I was pretty keen to head over to that school and see just what the hell was going on there.

“… All in all though the surgery was very successful, we were able to repair the damage to his liver, but we had to remove the spleen. Must have gone through hell, but I think he came out on top. JJ won’t feel to well for a few days, and will have to be monitored for several to make sure there’s no infection…, but other than that he should be good as new in no time…, I can take you up to see him if you like?”

“Thanks Doc…” Cabe said, the relief evident as he stood to follow, but when I didn’t, “Cam?”

“You go ahead bud…, I’m gonna wait for the boys…, besides you two need to be alone right now…, you want me to call Cassie for you?”

“Thanks Cam…, please.” Was all he said as he turned to follow the Doctor.

The conversation with Cassie went about as well as can be expected. She was seriously bawling her eyes out as I laid it out for her, if the noises on the other end of the line were anything to go by, but at the last they were tears of joy that her beloved son was going to be ok…, I was rather thankful for that. At some point during the phonecall, she had told me that she’d taken Sam over to Reggie’s. If there was one good thing to take out of this whole mess, at least I knew that the girls would be well taken care of. That was the thing with Reggie, in a stress packed situation, she took on this ‘Mother Hen’ attitude, it was very comforting.

I told her that JJ would be in hospital for a few days, so she decided that it would be best to book a flight, she was hoping to be there by that afternoon. After I mentioned how we had gotten down here, I told her that she would only need to book one way, as we could all fly back together, she was certainly grateful of that…, one less thing to worry about. Having filled Cassie in on all the details, we arranged to meet at the airport as soon they touched down, I was gonna have to hire a car anyway and book some rooms for us to sleep in, we agreed that we would talk again as soon as things were finalised. After she left to make arrangements, I spoke quickly with Reggie, and then hung up. I knew that Corey would be happy to see Sam again. Besides…, Cassie and Cabe would be busy with JJ, and Sam would certainly need the love and support he could offer her.

Putting my phone away I realised that it had been some time since I’d seen the boys, and I was starting to worry that they weren’t back yet. So after asking for directions to the gift shop, I went to look for them. It didn’t take long, I very soon found out, as I approached the store. There they were sitting quietly outside as if they were waiting for me all along to come by. Of course it took me a moment to recognise them, as they were not alone. Sitting next to them, or on their lap was a giant teddy bear…, each of them had one. I decided that was a good idea so I went ahead and got one for myself. My boys…, what could cheer up someone more than a big cuddly teddy bear.

Chuckling heartily at the sight we must have looked, I gathered them up and we went in search of our extended family. At least one of the bears, the one carried by Corey…, was almost as big as he was…, never one to do things by half that was our Corey. By the time we caught up with Cabe, JJ had been moved into a private room…, it was one of those ‘Glass house’ type affairs, where the nurse on station could visibly monitor the patients. As we stood at the large glass door, we could see that JJ was awake, thankfully. We watched silently not wanting to intrude, as the two were obviously talking.

Cabe had JJ’s hand in a gentle death grip, while they were both shedding copious amounts of tears. After a while Cabe reached out and gently stroked JJ’s cheek, as if to wipe away his tears and worries…, soon after JJ lifted his own hand to Cabe’s face, to do the same. It was a truly beautiful moment. What they were saying to each other, was a complete mystery, but I’m not ashamed to admit that my tears started to flow right then as well. The boys also must have felt the need, as I discovered I was wrapped up all over with three sets of small arms.

“This is the part I really like…”

My head shot to where the sound had come from and I saw that Doc O’Conner, who must have been a ninja in a past life, had slipped silently up beside us. Once my heart had settled into a more steady rhythm, I found my voice…

“Jesus Doc…, you almost gave me a heart attack!”

“Well you’re a little older than our usual punters.., but this is a hospital…, I’m sure we could sort you out…”

“Funny Doc…” I said, with a snicker… “Very funny…, what did you mean ‘Really like’?”

“When the patient wakes up…, the first few moments with loved ones…, the joy on their faces…, makes it all kinda worthwhile. He’s a trooper that one…, shouldn’t even be any scars, other than the one we used to take his spleen.”

He had this kind of faraway look on his face…, a look I recognised, and probably for very similar reasons. What it must take to do his job is well beyond me, you could see in his face that he was accustomed to losing battles and I really felt for him. At least this time though, we had a winner…, I really hoped he slept well that night because of it. He smiled briefly, but it was heartfelt, before he turned to walk away. There was something on my mind though…

“Hey Doc…?”

“Yes sir?”

“You said something about coming out on top earlier…, what did you mean by that?”

“Oh…, well I didn’t want to say anything in front of Mr Green…, shouldn’t really have mentioned it at all in fact…, but since you’re asking…, two other boys were also brought in by ambulance from the same school last night…,they were both older than JJ, so I didn’t take much notice until he came in…, one had several broken ribs, and a broken nose…, the other we had to take to surgery to remove a testicle…, must have been some fight.” He said, as he walked off to places unknown.

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Written by bigct/Octavius

May 10, 2010 at 06:09

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  1. Thank God JJ will be alright! Thanks for the sigh of relief!!!! Like the real JJ, as well as so many others, I was worried sick that the fictitious JJ had met some untimely demise by the older boys who were treating him like some kind of sick twisted blow-up doll. And if I’m reading between the lines correctly, it sound like JJ did one hell of a job trying to protect himself (and quite possibly others who might have been “the entertainment”)!

    At least now I can sleep a little better tonight! I only wish I could do more than to thank you for sharing with us your wonderful gift!

    Rick

    May 10, 2010 at 06:52

  2. I am very happy to hear that JJ will be ok. I really hate it that this happened to him. I was really worried what the outcome would be. It’s terrible that these things can happen to a young person.

    Brian

    May 10, 2010 at 08:29

  3. Well Octavius I’ve been sitting here for half an hour trying to think of what to write – the only thing I can think of is that I have a strong sense of relief that JJ is going to be ok and that I really enjoyed the 2 chapters that you have given us.
    Sorry my brain is just not functioning as well as it should be at the moment – been a long day and just need a bit more time to wind down.
    Regards Stef

    Stef

    May 10, 2010 at 09:07

  4. Well, I read the last chapter right before I went to sleep and it was big mistake, since I didn’t have much good sleep. Funny how close one feels to fictional character, who was only introduced few chapters ago. And if that weren’t enough, I had very bad morning wake up, since the workers who work on our house started to drill to the wall very early. Good thing I must not go to work today, or I would have big problem to concentrate on my work. But once I’ve find out there’s new chapter, my day turned out much better. And once I’ve learned JJ is all right, it was like my very good friend was just resurrected.
    But I am sure there will be some consequences for school (from Caleb of course XD), for JJ (from the sheer pain, both physical and mental, he came through. I am sure he will mentally suffer. Good thing he will have support from his family and friends, which is what the poor boy will need now) and possibly for the attackers as well (maybe from both school and their parents 😉 ).
    But… wow, what the hell JJ did to that boy, so doctors must remove his testicle? Too bad though, he lost only one. That bastard deserves to lost his whole scrotum 😛

    Horn

    May 10, 2010 at 10:29

  5. OMG, thank you Octavus. It was not what I thought happened to him. I asked Rhyn to read it first and see if it was what I thought and he told me it wasn’t so I read it. Thanks it was a lot better then I thought was happening to him. I hope he beat the crap out of those bullies. I know I would. I really like your story a lot. I just thought something happened to him that would be really bad was all. Sorry I thought you would have that happen to him. Thanks Octavius, hugs JJ

    JJ

    May 10, 2010 at 22:42

  6. You know, for a second I thought we might lose the real JJ and this JJ in the same day. I know JJ isn’t gone, just the blog, but still. I’m glad he made it out ok and perhaps he even got in his share of hits to the bullies. Only time will tell. Good job as usual Octavius!

    -Kevin

    Kevin

    May 11, 2010 at 08:11

  7. As others have noted, we are all glad that JJ pulled through physically. I know with the boys support, the mental factor will be dealt with, though it will surely be the roughest part of the ordeal. I’m sure as Caleb pulls all the facts together, a storm will hit JJs’ school, like nothing they have ever seen. Am looking forward to the upcoming chapters. Peace to all here

    PghDave

    May 11, 2010 at 13:04

  8. Found this on YouTube and thought it was appropriate . Hope eveyonr checks it out.

    PghDave

    PghDave

    May 12, 2010 at 16:41

    • PghDave thanks for the link – really enjoyed the vid – as a big Lbera fan it gave me heaps of pleasure – beautiful choice.
      Regards Stef

      Stef

      May 14, 2010 at 07:49

  9. CT, powerful chapter…love & family…healing & forgiveness…patience & respect. Thanks!

    Vern

    July 10, 2011 at 04:53


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