Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 121 )
The following morning, after a hearty breakfast, I asked Mc Ginty to summon me a cab, we had already carried my steamer trunk downstairs, so I was all ready to go. Mrs Mc Ginty wished me something of a tearful farewell, her husband shook my hand and wished me a safe voyage. Then the cab arrived, my trunk was loaded and away we went.
Giles asked me, ‘Was I having second thoughts about this adventure that I was about to embark upon?’ ‘Only in respect of the fact that I have absolutely no idea where the Army will send me, but I’m sure I’ll survive, I have so far.’
My trunk had been taken aboard, and they were calling for the passengers to embark. I shook hands with Giles, then we hugged each other, ‘Go with god! he said, giving me his blessing. I thanked him, then turned to walk up the gangplank.
Once I was safely boarded, one of the ship’s Officers asked for my name and details, once he had them he said, ‘Aah! Yes, Doctor, I’m afraid you’ll be sharing with Lieutenant Updike of the Yeomanry, Cabin 112B.’
I located the cabin and knocked on the door, It was opened by a tall young man wearing a Yeomanry uniform. ‘Apparently, we are to share this cabin, I’m Doctor Jack, but Jack will do fine, I’m not one for formalities.’ I stated.
‘That’ll do for me, I’m James Updike, but Jimmy will be fine, If we are going to be stuck together in this tub, we might as well try to get along’ was his reply.
(C) Damian Grange 2018