Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 182 )
James arrived promptly at 10.00 a.m. the following morning, with all his belongings in a large steamer trunk. I summoned McGinty to assist him up the stairs with it and to help him to his room.
I allowed him what I considered was a reasonable time to acquaint himself with his surroundings and settle in, then I knocked on his bedroom door. He opened it almost immediately, and bade me enter, his trunk was open on the floor and all that was left inside were several pairs of shoes and his books.
I asked him, ‘Was now a convenient time to show him around and explain his duties?’ ‘I don’t see why not?’ he immediately replied. I showed him the two rooms that I intended to use as consulting rooms, one for each of us, he commented that his was more than adequate for his needs.
I then led him down to the cellar, explaining on the way that this was where all my experiments were carried out, and that any of my thesis he had read were formulated in this very room.
I unlocked the door and ushered him inside, ‘Its huge, not at all what I expected, although to be quite honest, I have no idea what I really expected? he stated.
‘This, if you wish to call it that, is the nerve centre of the business, this is where I check specimens and attempt to formulate new and advanced cures, I would appreciate if you would assist me in this work,’ I stated. ‘I would be honoured to assist in any way that you require.’ once again his answer was perfect.
(C) Damian Grange 2019