Chapter 7

"Hey Carter what you doing out here?"

"Thinking."

"Oh. What about?"

"Is humour really a sense?"

"What?"

"You know. People have a sense of humour, right? But there are only five senses; hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch. So how is humour a sense?"

"I don't know. I never really thought about it."

"Then you have common sense."

"Carter!"

"I think you better go inside."

"Yeah."

"But I think about what you said."

"You do that."

***

"Okay what you got?"

"The labs came back on Mrs Jessup."

"Miss."

"What?"

"Miss Jessup. Huh."

"Something wrong?"

"This doesn't make any sense."

"Are they the wrong labs?"

"No. But. It doesn't matter."

***

"Hi, Miss Jessup."

"Call me Emma. Doctor?"

"Carter. John Carter."

"So Dr Carter, what is wrong with me?"

"To be honest we haven't been able to work it out yet."

"You what?"

"We still have a number of tests still to run."

"Could it be one of those diseases that is so rare that they would name it after me?"

"Possibly."

"The Jane Jessup disease."

"It does have a certain ring to it."

"Could it be fatal?"

"I don't know."

"Oh."

"However there is reason to suspect it is."

"Okay."

"I'm going to go order those tests but I will be back very shortly."

"Doctor?"

"Yes."

"Do you think you could call my sister?"

"Sure. What is the number?"

"Here."

"Okay, I'll go call her right now."

"You should probably know that I haven't spoken to her in ten years."

"Oh."

"She had a falling out then she moved to Seattle. A week quickly became a month and then a year. Then suddenly ten years had passed. I suppose we were both to proud to call each other. But when you hear that you might be dying that doesn't seem to matter anymore."

"You're probably not dying, Miss Jessup."

"Still I want you to call her."

"I understand."

***

"Oh, hey Susan. Susan!"

"What?"

"About earlier,"

"It's fine Carter."

"Are you okay?"

"I'm great."

"Okay."

"I just be,"

"Yeah we too."

"Okay."

"Okay."

"So Carter what was that about?"

"Nothing."

"Come on I'm not stupid. Something happened between the two of you."

"It was nothing!"

"Okay."

"I have to make a call."

***

"Hello, is this Brenda Jessup?"

"Brenda Jameson. I just go married."

"Oh, congratulations."

"Thanks."

"I'm Doctor Carter calling from County General in Chicago. It is about your sister Jane."

"Is there something the matter?"

"Yes. She was admitted to the ER several hours ago. We are not exactly sure what is wrong with her but she wanted me to call you."

"Is it serious?"

"We're not sure."

"Okay."

"Mrs Jameson?"

"Yes?"

"She asked me to call you. She obviously wants to get past any disagreements that the two of you may have had in the past. I think it would mean a lot to her if you came to Chicago."

"I can't do that. I am really busy at the moment. There is no way I can go to Chicago. Call me if there is a change."

"Mrs Jameson? Mrs Jameson?"

***

"Do you call her Doc?"

"Yes."

"Well?"

"She's said she was very busy at the moment."

"She's not coming?"

"No."

"I can't believe her. No wait, yes I can. Just as selfish as always. Here I am lying on what may be my deathbed and she can't come because she is busy."

"She did say that I should call her if there was any change in your condition."

"Don't bother."

"Are you sure?"

"Yeah. Obviously ten years wasn't enough."

***

"I thought I would find you here. You really should quit. They'll be the dead of you."

"There are worse ways to go."

"I suppose."

'Anyway I'll only miss the last few years and we all know they are the worst."

"But don't you want to grow old with the one you love?"

"I think you have watched too many Disney films Carter."

"I do kind of expect the animals to talk to me when I'm at the zoo."

"That has nothing to do with Disney. That's because you're insane."

"Insane? Me? I think I would have noticed that."

"Why else would someone as rich as you work here?"

"I have my reasons. Anyway I came out here to apologise."

"Really?"

"Yes I shouldn't have snapped at you earlier."

"No you shouldn't have."

"You're not making this easy."

"I know."

"Well something did happen between me and Susan."

"Oh."

"Yeah we,"

"Abby we need you in here."

"Just a minute"

"Now!"