GENERAL HOSPITAL - EMERGENCY ROOM
Campbell! Dr. Campbell!" Jillian called out as she ran to him.
"My father and
Judith...how...are they? What's wrong? What's
"Oh, Jillian," Talbot
sighed as he hung his head. "I'm sorry but..."
"I heard you say 'fatal',"
she interrupted. "What do you mean....fatal? It's not...them,
is it? Where's my father? What's going on?" Her voice
grew increasingly louder as her body began to shake, nearly on the verge of
just calm down," Reginald spoke up as he came up behind her and put his
arms on her shoulders to steady her. "I'm sure that you've just
"No! I heard him say that
the accident was fatal!" she screamed. "Dr. Talbot, please tell
me what's happened. Where are they?"
"Jillian, I'm sorry,"
Talbot replied softly as he tried to find the best words to break such tragic
news. "We did everything that we could, but...it was too late.
By the time the ambulance got there..."
"Too late?" she
cried. "Too late for what? Oh, please, god, don't tell
"Dear, I'm sorry but your
father is dead," Talbot sighed and reached out to take her hand as a show
of comforting support.
Her voice shook as her eyes began to glaze over. Dead? Her father
was dead? "No! T-there's got to be some kind of mistake!
My daddy can't be dead! He...he...c-can't be..."
Talbot said again with a solemn shake of his head.
sobbed. "Oh, g-god! D-daddy! Oh, D-daddy!"
As Jillian's entire body began to
shake, she felt her knees start to give way and the room began to spin.
Her father was dead.
"Darling, I've got you,"
Reginald spoke softly and comfortingly as grabbed onto her tightly before she
could completely collapse from anguish and shock. "It's going to be all
right. I've got you."
"Oh, Reginald, no!" she
sobbed as she held onto him tightly. "Not my father! No!"
"Sweetheart, just come over
here and sit down," Reginald said and carefully led her over to a chair so
that he could gently ease her into a seat. As he stood by her side,
another important question entered his mind---one that Jillian was clearly too
distraught to even consider. "Dr. Campbell, what
about...Judith? She isn't..."
"Thankfully, no," Talbot
sighed. "She's very lucky. In fact, she only managed to receive
just a few minor cuts and bruises. Granted, she's going to be very sore
for several days, but she's going to fine."
Although Nelson was dead, Judith was
alive. At least there was something to be thankful for. As the news
started to sink in, Reginald's reporter instincts began to kick in.
"So, Dr. Campbell, do you know
anything about the accident?" Reginald asked curiously as he continued to
hold Jillian tightly in his arms. "How did it happen?
apparently from what the police said, the accident happened along Andersonville
Rd. It seems that they were on their way into town."
"Judith," Talbot replied
calmly. "The roads were still a little wet from all the rain that
we've had these past few days and...well...she seems to have be going pretty fast."
"Too fast?" Reginald
furrowed his brow as he considered that information.
nodded. "And, apparently, she couldn't make that last sharp
curve. You know, why the county hasn't done something about that road,
I'll never know. But, anyway, the police said that it doesn't look like
she even made an attempt to slow down."
stammered. "Do you mean that she tried to take that curve at full
speed? Dear, lord!"
"There was a witness that came
along just as the accident happened," Talbot continued. "From
what they said, Judith's car went airborne over the embankment and rolled
several times. It's completely demolished. By our best guess, Mr.
Stokes died on impact---massive head trauma. It's a miracle that they
weren't both killed."
Jillian finally spoke up as she wiped the tears from her eyes and tried to
compose herself. "I have...to see her."
"She's been giving a statement
to the police," Talbot explained before hesitating to continue.
"She doesn't...know about your father, yet. We haven't...told
"This is going to kill
her," Jillian realized as she made a weak attempt to rise to her
feet. "She...worshiped our father. Of course, we all did,
but...well...with her it was different. I just don't know how... Oh,
god, first the baby and now this?"
someone please tell me what's going on?" Judith Linford ask with a mixture
of worry and annoyance. "I can't get any of these people to answer
any of my questions. Where's Daddy? What's happened to Daddy?"
Linford, if you don't settle down," Nurse Fay Rutledge said sternly as she
pushed her down the hallway in a wheel chair, "I'm going to have to give
you a sedative."
"Sedative my eye!" Judith
barked angrily. "Let me out of this chair! Someone please tell
this women to let me out of this chair!"
"I can't let you out,"
Nurse Rutledge responded. "It's hospital policy."
"I don't give a damn about your
silly policy!" Judith shouted as she quickly jumped to her feet and pushed
both the chair and the nurse away. "Tell me what's happened to my
father! Where's Daddy!"
As Jillian's eyes darted from Dr.
Campbell to Reginald, she knew that the news of their father's death would be
the worst thing in the world for Judith to hear. In fact, she was certain
that it would destroy Judith. From that moment on, their lives would never
be the same.