Mr. Hodges still glaring into Amelia’s eyes realized that she meant exactly what she was telling him. He cleared his throat once more and began to walk away. “Stay here and I will direct the staff to prepare another suite immediately!”
“Oh and Mr. Hodges, it had better be top-notch, clean and updated with a bright clean décor. It must also have a window or windows that will let real light into the room. Honestly, Sir, I am expecting a freaking honeymoon suite!” Amelia demanded in light of her obvious victory as Mr. Hodges stomped away down the long hallway until he disappeared.
Amelia took a deep breath and tried to calm herself down before she went back into the room with her parents. She trembled as she had truly comforted evil itself. Finally she walked back into the horrible room. With a gentle smile she proceeded to usher her parents out of the room into the hallway.
“Mr. Hodges is making something better available for you.” Amelia stated. He realized how dismal this room was and decided that he would give you a fresher, more updated suite,” Amelia stated rather calmly, even though she was still trembling inside. She then got in the middle of her parents and began escorting them slowly to the front of Glenview from where they had been ever since they both were admitted into Glenview. As she walked along beside them a fear of more retaliation came over her. What did Mr. Hodges plan to do to her parents now?
Mr. Hodges still furious over the confrontation with Amelia, rounded the corner to the nurse’s station where Nurse Wanda stood doing paperwork. He meandered slowly up to her and with cold and calculating eyes whispered, “Nurse Smith, I regret to inform you that Glenview’s Residential Home for the Elderly no longer has need of your services. You are dismissed immediately. You may collect your belongings and leave post haste, please. I will mail to you the remainder of your compensation owed. Thank you.”
Mr. Hodges simply smirked as he knew that Nurse Wanda was the only one who could expose any of the plans that he had for Mr. and Mrs. Tyler. He felt rather proud of himself that there was one less person that would spoil his plans for the rebellious Tyler couple. He also felt that she probably had already warned Mrs. Steele about his threats to treat Henry with medicines to control him, but if there is no witness to the crime than he could quite possibly even get by with murder. He smiled as he imagined himself and Amelia in a boxing ring. He chuckled as he felt that he just dealt a hard blow to Mrs. Steele by firing Nurse Smith. It may not be the knockout blow, but it was enough to let her know who she stepped into the ring with, he thought.
“Mr. Hodges, you can’t be serious?” Nurse Wanda stated. “Surely you can’t be serious about this. I’ve been here at Glenview for nigh on thirty years, where else is there for me to go to in Mason Creek? Please Mr. Hodges, I beg of you, don’t do this!”
“There is no refuting the dismissal, Mrs. Smith. Please go now before I have you physically removed!” Mr. Hodges ordered.
“Well, have me physically removed then! I weigh about three hundred pounds so you better bring in your best to try it, Sir! I am going to have my say Mr. Hodges. I am not leaving here lesson I get to say good-bye to all of my patients, some I’ve had for ten, fifteen years maybe longer.” Nurse Wanda said as she stood her ground.
“Mrs. Smith, I’ve already got the Sheriff coming to remove you, now do you really want this to become ugly?” Mr. Hodges continued to whisper.
“Ugly, who is the ugly one here, Mr. Hodges? Yes I am going to fuss and yell because you are a devil who likes to inflict pain and torment. Don’t think I have not seen the goings on around here! I’ve kept quiet because I thought at first I was just imagining things, but when you told me about Mr. Tyler and what you intended on doing to him, yes Sir, you exposed your evil self to me! After I got to thinking about what you told me that you were going to do to Mr. Tyler, I began thinking about other patients that were doing so much better when all of a sudden they just had a relapse! What caused that relapse Mr. Hodges? It was you that was behind those dear patients’ relapses! I promise you Mr. Hodges, I will no longer be quiet!” Nurse Wanda shouted as she came out around the nurse’s station where she was going to go see some of her patients including Henry.
All of a sudden the doors opened and in walked Sheriff Eugene Perkins. He left his sheriff’s car running with siren blaring and lights on in the front entrance. He had intended on putting Nurse Wanda in the car very quickly if she didn’t leave on her own. Eugene was all red faced when walking through the door for Nurse Wanda, for like Ms. Amelia, Nurse Wanda was also a longtime family friend to his parents. He never liked arresting friends but the town where he was a sheriff was small, unfortunately for Eugene, everybody knew everybody. Just about everyone he arrested was at least an acquaintance if not a close friend to either Sheriff Eugene or his parents.
When Nurse Wanda saw Sheriff Eugene walk in, she stopped her rampage for a brief time long enough to scold him like she would one of her own children. When he was little she babysat him many times, so she felt like she had the right.
“Seriously, Eugene, you are here to arrest me? Um, um, what would your Momma and Daddy say? I’ve put powder on your behind, Boy! You’ve not got anything that I haven’t already seen. Why you want to go and get all mixed up with Mr. Hodges for? He’s going down, Eugene! He is medicated the patients here to keep them here longer and to extract more money out of them. The Good Lord only knows what other horrible things he’s done to these poor helpless folks. He is an evil man Eugene. I hate to see you go down with him because you’re all power hungry. Boy you’ve been raised better than this! I hate to think of the shame that you’re going to bring to your pour Momma, bless her pour little heart!”
Just when Nurse Wanda had begun speaking Amelia and her parents popped around the corner. They too heard all of the commotion. However, it did not take Amelia long to figure out what had happened. When she looked over at Mr. Hodges he wore a smirk of victory on his face. It was sickening to Amelia. She wasn’t going to stand and do nothing!
“Arrest her, Sheriff Perkins, do your job!” Mr. Hodges ordered as Nurse Wanda’s shouts had alerted many of the residents and their guest to the commotion that she was raising. Pretty soon the hallway filled up with spectators to watch and to listen to what was going to happen next. It was a real show for many of the residents. Nothing as exciting as this event had ever happened to them since they came to Glenview. Many of them who were in their right minds knew all along that Mr. Hodges was an evil man. To save themselves, several patients acted as though they were mentally challenged and senile to prevent him from keeping them in a medicated state. They wanted to hear and see if anything was going to be done about him?
“Okay, folks back into your suites, everything is fine here! No cause for alarm! Go back now to your suites!” Mr. Hodges demanded. The last thing he wanted was for the patients visitors to hear that he may have some shady dealings when it come to their loved ones being placed in Glenview.
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