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Lynne Fielding was an extremely attractive 52 year old pharmacists assistant. Neil Harris as a good looking 49 year old award winning poet. Early every Monday he would pick up the same prescription and be served by Lynne. He didn’t want to be recognised by people. Neil had eyes for Lynne. Little did he know that Lynne also had eyes for Neil. None of them let on.

None of them let on until Neils watch started running slow and he would arrive at the pharmacy early. There was Lynne waiting by the door for Larry, the Head Pharmacist (and boss) to arrive. He always worked Mondays. This happened foe quite a few weeks and Lynne and Neil began to chat more than normal. One morning Neil jokingly said to Lynne, “We”ll have to stop meeting like this. He was taken aback when Lynne said, “Let them talk. We’re both single, after all,” and smirked at him. Neil didn’t know that Lynne was single. His heart started racing from every Monday onwards.

A few months later, Neil took his prescription down to Lynnes counter to pay for it. Her counter was at the far end of the shop, out of sight and earshot. One morning Lynne was looking rather serious. As Neil paid for his prescription, Lynne came out from behind her counter and took Neil by the arm to  a quiet corner of the shop. She looked around to make the coast was clear. Lynne began to look embarrassed. She reluctantly said to Neil, “I’ve ran it past Neil and he says it would be okay.”  Neil said, “What would be okay?” Lynne now looked really embarrassed. She took a deep breath and said, “I’ll just come out and say it….(pause)….It’s the work dinner on Friday week  and I have nobody to go with. I was wondering if you would accompany me?” Neil took a step back and said, “Me?….accompany you?” Lynne looked disappointed. Neil could barely contain himself and said, “I’d be delighted to Lynne.” Lynne was so overcome that she moved and put her arms around Neil. They organised the place and time  and that they’d meet in the car park.

Neil and Lynne were on cloud 9 all week. The staff at the pharmacy could tell that Lynne had a partner for the dinner. She was exuberant. They were so curious to find out who it was. Even though Lynne could actually tell them she wanted to keep it as a surprise while the staff fired friendly, well-meaning questions. Lynne didn’t even tell her mother with whom she lived.

The following Monday, Neil and Lynne met as usual early outside  of the pharmacy. When Neil was leaving, Larry called out his name and loudly whispered, “See you Friday,” and winked. Neil did a mock whisper signaled his finger over his lips.

When Friday arrived, the pair arrived at exactly the  same time. On the way into the venue, Lynne took Neils hand. Neil felt 10 ft. tall.They walked in and the work table felt silent as staff heads turned around and jaws dropped. As the pair sat down, the assistants (all of whom were young females) leaned over or got up and began talking to Neil. Lynne smirked and opened her first bottle of wine. Neil was surprised that ones so young were up on his award-winning, ‘Words To Ponder’ and even more surprised at those who were up on his book of beat poetry, ‘Ten Fingers.’

The 3 pharmacists and their partners sat at the top end of the table. It was very quiet up there. As one moved down the table, the louder it got as the wine flowed. Neil saw that the head of the table didn’t drink. He rapidly deduced that they were devout Christians and that heads would roll on Monday

After about 2 hours, the assistants were as drunk as the pharmacists were sober. The assistants began to leave. Lynne and Neil saw this as their chance to leave without making a fuss. They sat at the table and a Lynne, who was by now more than tipsy, said, “This is boring. Let’s go.” Neil said, “Where?” Lynne said, “Could we go to your place for a coffee?” Neil said, “Sure….but I’m driving.”

On arriving at Neils, he asked Lynne if it was okay if he smoked. “Thank goodness. You smoke,” said Lynne as she pulled out a packet of cigarettes. She also pulled out and swiftly uncorked a bottle of wine  using her key-ring. “You smoke?” said Neil. “Well excuse me,” laughed Lynne.

They both sat on the couch, Lynne sipping her wine and  getting more drunkish while Neil sat and stared at her. “What? What are  you looking at me like that for, Neil?” Neil simply replied, “You’re beautiful.” Lynne went bright red and laid back on the couch. “Stop it.” she said. “I’m getting embarrassed.” Neil said, “….but you are..” Lynne leaned forward and said to Neil, “You’re  a fine looking man yourself.” Neil didn’t get embarrassed. He leaned forward and said, “I’ve heard that before but I can’t see it. I’ve looked in the mirror and pulled all sorts of expressions and just can’t see it.”

By this stage Lynne was sliding down across the couch. Neil went and got a blanket and a pillow. By this time it was only 11pm. Neil got up about 8am. Lynne was still out cold….until Neil lit a cigarette and Lynne sat bolt upright and reached for her own  cigarettes. She said she felt fine but she looked like Alice Cooper. Her speech and behaviour were perfectly normal. She thanked Neil for the previous evening. Neil said how much he enjoyed himself. Lynne went on to thank Neil for not trying to take advantage of her. Neil said, “You’d had a few drinks. I was sober. It wouldn’t be right, would it?” Lynne replied, “You really are a gentleman. Just like I thought.” Now it was Neils turn to look embarrassed. Lynne noticed this.

Lynne stayed until mid-day before Neil took Lynne to her car in the car park. They talked about all sorts off things. Then Neil asked Lynne about poetry. Lynne said that she had all of Neils works and had  read them many times. She said that she thought he may not want to talk about it. Neil said, “I’ll talk about anything with you, Lynne.” Lynne blushed. She then said, “Well there are actually a few off your poems that I wouldn’t mind going through with you.” Neil said, “Now you know where I live, come up any time. I mean ANY time,” with a smile.

ANY-time wasn’t going to be too soon.

The following Monday Lynne and Neil waited for Larry and chatted  as usual, except chirpier. Neil was wearing his sunglasses. When Larry arrived he opened  the door without acknowledging the two. Neil removed his sunglasses. As he completed Neils prescription he said to Neil, “I’d like to see you and Lynn please.” Neil put his sunglasses back on and followed him down. Larry started, “About Friday night. You two….” at that Neil raised his hand and said, “Lynne asked you. You said ‘Yes,’ What we do in our own time is our business and it  WAS our time. Conversation over.”

With that Neil went to Lynnes counter. She was clearly shaken. “He’s going to  make it Hell with his ‘holier than thou’ rubbish.” Neil replied, “Oh. One of those. That explains it all.” Neil noticed that Lynne was shaking and it was getting worse. Before Neil  could ask if she was okay, Lynne was having tremors. She collapsed. Neil ran behind the counter. She was having a seizure. “Call an ambulance!” he yelled. Larry was about to run down. Neil yelled again, “Call an ambulance!” Other staff arrived a few moments by which time Lynne  had been incontinent. Neil called for 2 towels. One for behind her head and one to cover where she had been incontinent.

When the ambulance arrived Neil accompanied Lynne. to the hospital. She was given IV Valium and the seizure stopped a short time later. The Dr. wrote on her Medical Form that her seizure was stress induced. ‘Yes!’ thought Neil. He was provided with a photocopy. Neil was given 10 Valium. If any signs of a seizure appear he was to give Lynne 2. He told the hospital staff that they had no transport home so an ambulance was organised. Staff told Neil that Lynne would probably sleep for a few hours and be disorientated for a few hours after that.

After being home for 2 hours, Lynne hadn’t moved. Neil wanted to see Larry with that all-important piece of paper. The chemist was less than 10 minutes away. He called a taxi and raced into the chemist. Larry went straight to him. “How’s Lynne?” he urgently asked. The normally placid Neil yelled, “Fine, no thanks to you!” He handed Larry the Medical Form. You could see the blood drain  from his face. Neil picked his car up and rushed home, knowing  that  the rest of  the staff wouldn’t wear any religious wrath.

The court case was over in minutes. All of the staff who weren’t on duty attended and sat on the prosecution side. Larry Sat alone. He chose not to have a lawyer as he had no defence. He looked small, pale and scared. Once the Prosecution evidence was handed down Larry had, as said, no defence. The judge was swift with his deliberation. Larry was not to practise alone as a pharmacist for 12 months  and as a direct result of Lynnes incident, he was never to work as a  Head Pharmacist or be in  charge of staff again. The courtroom cheered. Larry looked at the staff with an apologetic look. Neil figured that by the looks of them, it was not before time.

Goodness knows what they had been putting up with. No more.

 

 

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