Jenna was unlocking the door at the clinic when Linda drove up. Turning to wait for her, Linda said, “Dare I mention you have a lovely hither-to-unseen glow about you?” The smirk she attempted to hide but failed miserably at had Jenna grinning in response.
Setting her purse on the counter and hanging her jacket on the hook, Linda asked, “Could the lovely glow be attributed to a certain Detective?”
Jenna sighed, “Yes, that is also possible.”
“I couldn’t help but notice the delightful interaction between you. Especially the extra ‘unrelated’ trips shall we say. Wink wink nudge nudge.”
“Amazingly, I noticed a few of those myself.”
Linda wasn’t known for gestures of affection, but she placed a hand on top of Jenna’s and squeezed. “He’s a keeper in my humble estimation. Has his head together, knows what’s what and more importantly, knows a good thing when he sees it, namely, you.”
Jenna captured Linda’s hand in hers and replied, “Thank you, Linda. I think so too, plus, it takes one to know one, and you spotted that pretty quickly.”
Moving to ready for the day, Linda smirked, “I live vicariously you know. Hint hint.”
Laughing heartily, Jenna couldn’t help but give her a hug, “You’re a keeper!”
“Oh good, so this means my job is safe then?” It was a half serious have amused statement.
“I couldn’t operate without you.” Pausing Jenna continued, “I imagine you’re aware that Dr. Greg left the clinic and his house to me.”
“I pressed the lawyer when he spoke with me. I wasn’t expecting a single thing and you could have knocked me over with a feather when he explained I’d been bequeathed a tidy sum of money. Outside of that, I can’t think of anyone more qualified or more deserving than you to carry on the practice. Dr. Greg always spoke so highly of your capabilities and he hinted at the possibility some time ago. There was a pure gleam of joy in his eye when he mentioned the way things would go.”
Jenna found tears glistening her own eyes upon realizing he’d thought this through some time ago. “Such a generous caring man and such a horrible loss. I only hope his killer is caught.” Wiping at the tears she said, “I wished…”
“Now now, Jenna. There are not what if’s in this world, only what is. If you’d been here that night, it could have been you or both of you gone. Too much to even think about.” Linda wiped her own tears away,”It’s annoying how the grief sneaks up on you, catches you unawares. Not so much the day to day stuff, but little reminders, little actions, things that only he would have said or done in a particular instance. I think that’s the hardest thing to bear”
“I hear you. It’s how I feel too. Catches me off guard quite often.”
“You thinking of bringing in more staff?”
Leaning on the counter, Jenna remarked, “I thought of putting out feelers for a part time vet, someone to fill in. Jessica and Frank will continue to assist with that end of things, but I really could use another pair of hands when I have surgeries to perform.”
“I heard of a young man from Ladysmith, just out of school, and I did some research on him. Very capable, high marks, and from what his co-workers have mentioned, an ability with animals. I sent an inquiry to find out if he’s at all interested. Sometimes people want to take time off after school and travel. I asked him to contact me as soon as possible.”
“You moved into the cabin yet?”
“Yes, I moved over the last weekend. It went quickly. I didn’t have much to move other than a few personal items and a table and bed. Cookware and favourite dishes, but the cabin is well set up so didn’t require much.|”
“Glad to hear you’ve made it your own. That’s good.” The phone rang and the day began and they moved into their regular routine.
‘Life is good.’ Jenna thought happily.