Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 161 )
‘But what of you, Jack, do you return to the Infirmary, or have you other plans?’ ‘Well, actually that is one of the reasons for my visit, firstly and most importantly to renew our friendship. On Monday I am opening a new surgery at my home and wondered if you could put any work my way, whether in a medical or advisory capacity’ I requested.
‘Now you have surprised me, I have nothing at the moment, but if anything comes up you will get first refusal, I will also pass out the word to the other Divisions.’ Fred replied. ‘Initially it will be slow, but I am confident that I can make it work.’
‘If anyone can, you can, you still have a good reputation in this area.’ said Fred. ‘Reputation is all well and good, but will it feed me? I questioned. ‘I predict that when the word passes around, you might well be surprised, you are held in high regard by the people of Whitechapel, and by people that would surprise you.’ replied Fred.
‘How is Lizzie?’ I asked, ‘I trust that she is keeping well?’ ‘You know Lizzie, blooming as always, I count myself a fortunate man to have her,’ said Fred and meant it. ‘Will you be available on Saturday night, I’m thinking of having a small party to launch my new project and who better than my dearest friends to be there.’
‘I gratefully accept on behalf of Lizzie and myself, it’ll be just like old times, I think we have all missed each others company.’
(C) Damian Grange 2019