6:50 Anymore

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Campbell watched Abbey as she was reading. He wasn’t sure why he hadn’t noticed before how pretty she was. 

“Reading something good?”

She closed the book and looked at him.

“It actually is a book your mother loaned to me.” She showed him the cover of the book. 

“Death Goes To The Dogs.” He nodded and smiled. “Mom loves those books. I think she’s read the entire series a hundred times. She gets excited every time a new one is released.”

“I don’t blame her. The books are really good.”

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Campbell shrugged his shoulders. “I’ve never read them.”

“I think you would enjoy them.”

“I may read them some day. Right now, I just have too much work to do.”

Abbey sat the book on the side table.  “What are you working on?”

“I’ve been trying to come up with a design that this couple will agree one. What he likes, she doesn’t. What she likes, he doesn’t. So far, it’s a modern traditional home with contemporary Victorian furnishings.”

Abbey could not help but laugh at that one. “Sounds like an interesting concept for a home. Good luck getting them to agree.”

Campbell laughed when she said that. “Thanks. I’m going to need it when I meet with them yet again tomorrow. I think it will be the fifth meeting and they still cannot agree.”

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She got up and stretched which almost got an audible groan from Campbell. 

“Is spaghetti okay for dinner or would you like something else?”

“It’s fine.”

He watched her walk into the kitchen to start dinner. He made a mental note to talk to his parents as soon as possible.


6:49 Angel

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Shelby found her father and husband watching tv in the living room. She sat down with them as her dad turned off the tv.

“How did the appointment go?”

She shook her head. “Not good. There’s been no change. He’s not getting out of that damn chair.”

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Philip reached over and took her hand in his. “It’ll be okay.”

She nodded. “He had his hopes up. I hate that he was let down.”

“He’s a big boy, Shelby. He’ll be okay.”

She nodded. “He has Abbey. She has been a lot of help to him.”

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Andy thought about how much his grandson had tried to get them to fire Abbey. He had seen the change in his attitude towards her though.

“What are we going to do with Abbey? You did tell him that you would reconsider keeping her after his appointment.”

“I know. I think he still needs her. He’s not only getting the physical support from him that he needs, but also emotional. She’s been great with him.”

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Philip nodded. “I agree. I have noticed when I visit the house that they seem to have become friends.” 

He looked at his wife. “That was your plan when you hired her, wasn’t it?”

Shelby shook her head. “No, but I had hoped.”

Philip sighed. “Don’t do this to him, Shelby. You know what he has been through. If this backfires, it could be really bad. It could hurt him a lot.”

She gave her husband a small smile. “It’s not going to backfire. Just trust me. I know what I am doing.”


6:48 Alla Luce Del Sole

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Campbell endured the pokes, prods, and tests from the doctor. He was left sore and waiting for answers that the doctor seemed to be taking her time telling him.

“Maybe the fact that it is taking so long is a good thing. They want to be certain of things before talking to you.”

Campbell nodded and looked at his watch again. They had been waiting for almost an hour.

They all looked up when the doctor came into the room. It was hard to tell by the look on her face if the news was good or not.

She sat down at her desk and put her hands on the file in front of her. “I am sorry that it took so long to talk to you. I asked two other doctors to look at the tests and make sure they were accurate.”

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Campbell was hoping that meant there was some kinds of change that was going to result in him getting to walk again.

“The other doctors and I all agree that there has been no change.”

Campbell looked down at his hands. Shelby hated seeing him looking so sad and defeated.

“Is there any chance of a change in the future?”

The doctor shook her head. “It’s been almost a year since the injury. If there was going to be any change, we would have seen it by now. His back is showing the exact same as it was the day of the injury. I’m sorry.”

Shelby watched as her son started to wheel himself to the door. She knew he was upset with the news. She wasn’t happy about it either, but she wasn’t surprised. She had heard the doctors before talking about his chances being small.

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She talked to the doctor for a few minutes then left the office to find her son. She found him in the waiting room with Abbey telling her what the doctor had said. 

She put her hand on his shoulder. “You want to stop somewhere for lunch?”

He shook his head. “I just want to go to the office and work. It’s a day just like any other.”

Shelby knew that it wasn’t. She looked at Abbey who just silently shook her head.

“I’ll take him to the office, Mrs. Powell.”

“Thank you, Abbey.”

Shelby went outside with the two of them. She watched them head for the van and sighed before she went to her own car to head home.


6:47 A Song For Mama

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Campbell sat in his home office. He had woken up with a sore back and it was a bit hard to move around. He knew that going into the office wasn’t going to be possible. 

He called Brooklyn to find out if there had been any meetings scheduled. 

“Just the daily one with Kyle about how the projects are going. Would you like me to have him stop by the house before heading to the sites?”

Campbell thought about it for a moment before answering her. “No. I trust him. I know if there’s anything that needs to be decided on today, he’ll call me.”

After hanging up the phone, Campbell called downstairs for Abbey.

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“Can you call my doctor and schedule an appointment for me?”

Campbell would have called himself, but he didn’t have the number. He knew that Abbey kept the number for all of his doctors and his family in her file on him.

“I sure will. Which doctor are you needing to see?”

“I’m not sure. My back is really bothering me today and the pain meds aren’t working at all for it.”

Abbey nodded. “I’ll get ahold of the neurologist and see if they want to see you or if it should be the pain clinic.”

“Thanks, Abbey.”

Despite all the complaining and arguing he had done before, he was actually happy to have Abbey there to help him. She had turned out to be a pretty good friend.


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Shelby had heard that Campbell was working from home and knew that he only did that when he was having a bad day. Since she was already out running errands, she decided to stop to see him.

“It’s okay, Mom. Abbey made an appointment for me already with the doctor.”

“Do you want me to go with you?”

He had been about to tell her no, but decided that having his mother there wouldn’t be too bad. She always knew the questions to ask the doctor that he never thought of. 

Shelby hated that her son was in pain. She had always hated seeing any of her kids hurting.

“Maybe the fact that you are feeling pain in your back is a good sign. Maybe things are healing.”

Campbell nodded. “That’s what I am hoping. I don’t want to go through this pain and have it be for nothing.”

Shelby knew that Campbell had never given up hope that he would be walking again soon. She hoped that he was right. 

“Is there anything you can do for the pain until your appointment?”

He shook his head. “On days like this, I just have to hope that the pain meds will give some relief and just rest.”

Shelby kissed her son’s cheek. “You rest then. Don’t over do things and make the pain worse. I’ll talk to Abbey on my way out and get the information about the appointment.”


6:46 Stay

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Campbell turned off the tv once the movie was over and looked at Abbey.

“That was actually a good movie. I’m glad you recommended it.”

She got up to get his wheelchair and move it closer to the sofa for him.

“It is one of my favorite movies. I’m not sure why people give it such a bad review.”

He shrugged and moved himself over to his chair. They had gotten into a comfortable routine lately. Campbell didn’t mind Abbey being there any longer. She let him do what he could and only helped when there was something he couldn’t do. She made the house feel less lonely also.

“Dinner should be ready in a few minutes.”

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He watched her head for the kitchen to fix dinner. He turned the breaks off on his chair and headed for the kitchen behind her.

“If you want to get the plates down, I’ll set the table.”

She handed him the plates.

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“It smells good.”

“It was a recipe my mother used to cook all of the time when I was feeling sad.”

Campbell looked over at her. He hadn’t noticed before but she did look a bit sad today.

“You can talk about it if you want.”

She looked at him as she sat dinner on the table. 

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“Five years ago today, I lost both my parents in an automobile accident. I always make this meal on the anniversary. Makes me feel like my parents are still here.”

He reached out and covered her hand with his.

“As long as they are in your heart, they are still here.”

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She smiled softly at him. “Thank you. You are a sweet man.”

 He looked across the table at her. “I’ve lost people close to me also. My brother…” He looked down at the table. “…my fiance and our unborn son.”

Abbey realized why he kept the door to the nursery locked now. “I’m sorry, Mr. Powell…”

“Campbell. You can call me Campbell. I think we’ve known each other long enough for that and you do live here.”

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She nodded and watched him.

“I am sorry, Campbell. I understand about the room now.”

“I’m just not ready to share it yet. It’s still too soon.”

Abbey nodded. “I won’t bother the room.”

“Thank you.”


6:45 Working Man’s Ph.D.

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Campbell smiled when he saw that his grandfather had installed a ramp at the office. He realized that the old man was prepared for him to come back to work.

Brooklyn smiled when she saw him enter the door. “Hey, stranger.”

He smiled at her comment. “It has been awhile, hasn’t it?”

“Too long. I’m happy to see you.”

“I’m happy to be back. Is my grandfather available?”

She nodded. “He’s in his office.”

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Campbell went into his grandfather’s office and grinned.

“What are you doing in my seat?”

Andy looked up at his grandson and smiled.

“This is still my seat for a little while longer.”

Andy leaned back in his seat and looked at his grandson. 

“It is wonderful to see you back here.”

“I’m hoping to make it an everyday thing. I’m ready to come back to work.”

Andy had been waiting for him to want to come back.

“Your office is still across the hall. It’s been waiting for you.”

Campbell looked at his grandfather trying to decide how to broach the next subject.

“Who has been handling the sites?”

“Kyle. He’s been doing a pretty decent job with it.”

Campbell nodded thinking about it.

“Do you think he would be willing to continue? It is not safe for me to be at the sites as long as I am in this chair. I can do the basic things at sites, but not the things a site manager would need to do.”

“He’s upstairs right now. I can have him stop by your office before he heads to the sites.”

“Thanks, Grandpa.”

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Campbell went across the hall to his office. It still looked the same as it did the last time he had been in there.

“Dad said that you wanted to talk to me.”

Campbell looked at his uncle and nodded. “I wanted to ask you if you would like to continue as site supervisor. I’m unable to do the job efficiently from this chair.”

Kyle looked at his nephew and smiled as he nodded. “I am here for as long as you need me.”


6:44 When I’m Back On My Feet Again

Campbell looked at the box sitting on the shelf just out of his reach. He was needing that box, but Abbey was at the grocery store. 

He only had a couple inches to stretch for the box. He could do it if he tried hard enough.

He put his hands on the arms of the wheelchair and stretched up towards the box. He raised one hand and grabbed the box.


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Abbey came home and sat the groceries on the table. She went to find Campbell and let him know she was back.

“Mr. Powell?”

She went room to room looking for him and finally found him on the floor in the room he had always kept locked.

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“Mr. Powell!” 

She hurried over to check on him.

“Just stay still. Are you hurting anywhere?”

He tried to sit up but she held him down with a hand on his shoulder.

“Don’t get up. You could have hurt yourself.”

“I’m not hurt. Help me up, please.”

“What happened?”

“I was trying to get a box off a shelf and forgot to set the brakes on the chair.”

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She carefully helped him up and into the chair.

“We should get you to the hospital and get some x-rays to make sure you didn’t injure yourself more.”

Campbell shook his head. “I’m fine.”

Abbey was going to point out that he hadn’t been able to get into the chair himself, but knew it was pointless. He was a stubborn man. She had realized that a while ago.

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She looked around the room. This nursery was really nice. Why would he keep the door locked to it?

Campbell saw her looking around the room. This was the one place he kept only to himself.

“Don’t you have groceries that need put away?”

She looked at him and frowned then nodded. “If you need anything…”

He watched her leave the room and felt a little bad about how he had just acted. He just wasn’t ready to share this with her or anybody else yet.


6:43 Torn

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Shelby sat down beside her husband. She looked at him and her dad. “I went to visit Campbell this afternoon. He’s wanting us to let Abbey go.”

Philip shook his head. “The doctor is the one that told us to hire an aide. Unless there is a good reason to let her go, she stays until the doctor says he is okay on his own.”

“That’s what I told him. Well, almost. I told him that she stays until he sees the doctor and if the doctor says it is okay, we’ll cut her back to just a few hours a day to help with the things he still needs help with.”

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Andy looked at his daughter. He knew that Campbell was unhappy about Abbey being there. “He agreed to that?”

She nodded. “We all heard what the doctor said before he came home. There’s a chance that his injury is permanent.”

Philip sat back listening. “I don’t want to believe yet that it is. The doctor did say it was just a chance. That means there is also a chance that he could walk again.”

“There is, yes. But the doctor said it’s a very small chance. I don’t want to sound like there is no hope, but we really do need to face the truth. He could very well be in that wheelchair the rest of his life. He’s going to need someone there to help him.”

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Philip looked at his wife thinking. “You better not be doing what I think you are doing, Shelby.”

She gave him an innocent look and a little smile. “I have no idea what you are talking about. All I am doing is making sure our son is being taken care of.”

Philip shook his head. “Don’t, Shelby. Not Campbell.”

She kissed his cheek. “Everything is going to be okay, love. You’ll see.”


6:42 River

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“Mom, please. I don’t need her here anymore. I am able to do things for myself.”

Shelby shook her head. “I am not going to fire her, Campbell. You are still recovering. You need her here.”

He shook his head. “No I do not. I need my damn privacy back.”

“Where is she right now?”

“I sent her to the store. I needed some time away from her.”

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Shelby sighed. “Has she done anything that she shouldn’t be doing?”

Campbell shook his head. “She has done everything she is supposed to be doing. She has been great. I just do not need her here. She should be out there helping someone who does need her.”

“I saw that you bought a new vehicle. Is it equipped for you to be able to drive it?”

“No. I don’t see the point in that when I’ll be able to drive again soon.”

“So right now, you need her to drive you places. The things in your cabinets, can you reach them?”

“No, but they can be moved to the lower cupboards.”

“And what will you do with the things currently in those cupboards?”

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“I don’t know, Mom. Okay, I get it. There are still things that I cannot do for myself. I do not need Abbey here all the time though. I have the elevator, so I do not need help up and down the stairs. I can get myself into bed, into the bath, and everywhere else I need to move to. I have a stove I am able to use now. I have the dishwasher so I don’t need to worry about washing dishes in the sink.”

Shelby listened to him and could understand where he was coming from.

“How about if we keep things how they are until your next evaluation from the doctor. If she says there has been improvement, I’ll consider letting Abbey only come in for a few hours a day to help you with the things you are not able to do yourself.”

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Knowing that he wasn’t going to get anything better from his mother at the moment, he nodded.

“I guess I can handle that.”

“Honey, I know this is frustrating for you right now. Just please don’t fight with her. She really is here to help you.”

He nodded. “I know. I’m just used to being able to do for myself.”

“I know. You need to realize that right now you cannot do it all though. There are things that you need help with.”

“I just need to keep reminding myself that this is all only temporary.”


6:41 Smile

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Campbell needed out of the house. He was going crazy cooped up and not being able to go anywhere.

He looked at Abbey. “Can you drive?”

“Yes, Sir.”

“I need you to drive me a couple places.”

She nodded. “Let me get my purse and keys.”

He waited for her to return then they went out to the driveway. He looked at his car and frowned. “What do you drive?”

She pointed to the tiny car.

“We’ll have to take my car. We’ll stop at a dealership to see about something more accommodating.”


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Andy sighed as he wheeled around the park. They had finished it while he was gone. He should be proud of the job that had been done, but all he felt was sadness. He wasn’t there when it was completed. 

It was the same for the youth center. They had stopped there before the park and he was surprised to see it completed and open.

“Are you okay, Mr. Powell?”

He nodded. “I’m fine.”

“This park is beautiful. Whoever designed it, did an amazing job.”

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Abby looked around and saw the fountain. 

“That fountain is amazing. It’s so beautiful.”

Campbell remembered his grandfather telling him about the fountain.

“It has a romantic story attached to it.”

“It does? Can you tell me the story?”

“There was a man who had been dating a beautiful woman that he wanted to spend his life with. She had seen the fountain and loved it. He went back later and purchased it as a surprise for her. After he had it installed in his yard, he invited her to see it and proposed to her beside the fountain.”

“That’s beautiful. You know the story pretty well.”

He nodded. “My grandfather told me the story. The man and woman were his grandparents.”

She looked at him when he said that. “Did your grandfather design this park?”

Campbell shook his head. “I did.”