Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 105 )
Fortunately, for me at any rate, McGinty arrived with the First course. He served the ladies first as I had instructed him, tonight I wanted everything to be just so. Lizzie took a sip of the Mulligatawny and said, ‘This is wonderful, Jack so tasty and appetising and just the thing to keep the cold at bay!’
‘I’ll pass on your comments to Mrs McGinty, my cook / housekeeper, I’m sure she will be delighted to hear them. Me being a confirmed bachelor she doesn’t often get a chance to shine and exhibit her culinary skills.’
‘You should have company more often, give your lady a chance to spread her wings, I believe that given the challenge your fare could only improve?’ Fred commented and I had to agree, the soup was wonderful and there was better to come.
‘I think?’, said Lizzie, ‘That you are very fortunate with your staff, but on the other hand they are also fortunate to have you, because I am certain that you are a kind and generous master.’
‘That is a very kind thing for you to say Lizzie, after all, we don’t know each other that well?’ I stated. ‘Well!’ replied Lizzie, ‘ I trust my Fred’s judgement and he speaks very highly of you, as do his colleagues, that’s good enough for me.
‘I have only just met you, yet you were kind and generous enough to include me in your present buying, to me that says everything about your character.’ Stated Irene in all seriousness. ‘You are a good man!’
I fought hard to suppress a smile, I was thinking to myself that if you knew the true character of the man and his deeds you might think differently. But that was in my past I was now looking toward my future. And it was important to have friends!.
In my future, if I was to have one, I sought redemption for my sins. I could not do that alone, I needed supportive friends to help me find the real me. Without them I Might turn in to a recluse and that would do more harm than good to my cause.
(C) Damian Grange 2018