Friday, June 30, 2017

Give Me Love ~ Part 11

“I can’t believe she’s been released already,” said Charlie, feeling his heart sink. Now he had no way to find her, Claressa might bend the rules for him a bit, but there was no way she was going to give him Amorette’s home address. He thought about the crazy way Amorette had acted and needed a reason to get his mind off of her. “Claressa, I know you’ve got all kinds of privacy laws to abide by and I’d usually never ask you to break the rules for me….” He paused.
“But,” encouraged Claressa.
“I’m just curious on what she was on,” said Charlie. “She called it Cupid’s Arrow, but I’d never heard of it before. Can you at least tell me what kind of street drug she was using so Greg and I know what to look for in the field?”
“You know I’d tell you if there was a new drug on the street if I could Charlie, but honestly, and this stays between us, all her labs and tests came back clean. That’s why we let her go. There were probably fumes in the warehouse that she was sensitive to and it just made her lightheaded and unable to think straight.”
“You know, that makes a lot of sense,” said Charlie, feeling an overwhelming sense of relief that Amorette wasn’t a druggie. “Hey, Claressa, thanks for the information. Please tell Richard I said hi. We’ll have to get together and grill out soon.”
“Let’s make it happen,” said Claressa. “Talk to you soon.”
Charlie clicked end on his phone and wondered how he was going to find Amorette.
“Amorette,” he said out loud and loved the way her name felt on his tongue.
“Hey Charlie,” Greg poked his head into the bunk room.
“Yeah, I’m coming, breakfast,” said Charlie absentmindedly.
“No,” said Greg. “The guys say you have a visitor in the bay.”
“Oh, okay, thanks” said Charlie. He walked back through the kitchen as the fire fighters were coming in for their breakfast. He had no idea who would be coming to visit him so early in the morning, but all the fire fighters seemed to give him winks or weird smiles, confusing him even more as he walked through the short hall and into the large garage that held the fire trucks and ambulance.
As he walked toward the opened garage doors he heard his fire chief talking to someone and as he rounded the large fire truck, he couldn’t help but smile when he saw Amorette.
“Well,” said the chief to Amorette, “I’m really glad you’re okay.” He looked to Charlie and gave him a small smile. “I’ll let you two talk.”
Charlie grinned at Amorette as the chief left. He stuck his hands in his pockets as an overwhelming feeling of shyness came over him. Amorette seemed to be searching for words herself.
“We weren’t formally introduced the other night,” said Charlie, finding his voice. “I’m Charlie Spencer.”
He held out his hand. Amorette took it and shook it gently. “I’m Amorette. I just wanted to say thank you for getting me to the hospital safe and sound. I’m not sure what happened, but the nurses told me I was acting a little love sick over you. I hope I didn’t make you feel uncomfortable.”
“Not at all,” said Charlie. “So you’re feeling okay?”
Amorette nodded. “Yes, the doctors found nothing wrong with me so they sent me out into the world.”
“Well, I’m sure your family is thrilled that you’re safe,” said Charlie, digging for more information. He couldn’t help but hope she wouldn’t mention a boyfriend or husband.
“I don’t have any family,” said Amorette. “I mean, I don’t think I do. Everything’s still very fuzzy after the other night. Did I happen to say my last name or where I lived? The doctors think it will come back eventually, but right now I’ve got nothing.”

“They let you leave the hospital without knowing where you lived?” asked Charlie in disbelief.

**Give Me Love is taking a little hiatus while I spend some quality time with my family up north. Part 12 will be posted on July 18th.**

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