Chapter 28. Early Release
Back at the hospital, Kaikane opened the door for Kaylee , she talked with him one more minute before returning to her life, he gave her the breakdown of the famous Hawai’ian word that is commonly used.
“Ha is spirit, of breath and life. It is the divine breath that allows us all to seek our center. So, aloha Barb. Malama pono- take good care of yourself.” Kaikane smiled. “And you take care of Tom, he will take good care of you.”
A hug from the hot Hawaiian and she entered through the automatic doors and signed in as security Lt. Honey Stevens waved at her and buzzed Kaylee through.
The ride up the elevator was uneventful, rounds were over and the medical professionals, a few with MD on name tags some with RN, one with “Phlebotomist II”, color-coded tubes, tape and small square gauze pads filled the small, wheeled cart that he pushed.
She arrived at the floor where ICU housed Tom. Kaylee stepped out of the elevator, her mind on Kaikane’s words.
‟Passion of the heart, it is rare. It is like a wave on the water, sometimes you must hang-ten to keep on it. If you fall off, you get wiped out.” He smiled, saying the words of wisdom of his peers. “You have to wait and measure each one to find the perfect match to you, then ride the best one you can.”
She puzzled over that, in a way she kind of understood. It might make more sense to a surfer when she saw a group at the nurses station.
As she walked by, Kaylee caught snippets of conversation that included Tom’s name.
‟We want the story, who is this mystery woman who Thomas Harte was with? Did she cut him? Was it her?”
She pushed her way through and met Tom, finding him as he sat in a wheelchair with flowers and cards piled on top of him.
‟Why hello! They are discharging me! I’m out.” Tom looked cheerful.”I’m going home.”
Kaylee smiled wider than she had in days. It was a night…
*Ugh! This night is about be even worse, I have to tell him that I signed and mailed off the papers.*
Then Georgia stepped out from behind the door with more of Tom’s get-well cards in her hand.
‟Ah, Kaylee. I thought you might have left and went home.” She glared at Kaylee . ‟Business keeps going, but you would not be aware of that. You cannot even balance your own books, it seems. You were two-months behind on rent before you met Tom, failing a class and you couldn’t even finish the finals. I would venture a guess that you didn’t even have a job or a prospect for one when you met Tom.”
‟Now wait a minute. You dare…”
Georgia’s face split into a malicious smile.
‟Did you or did you not have yourself in a compromising position, nude with a professor? How many times has this gone on before you blew the whistle?” Georgia pressed the point harder when Kaylee’s shocked look told volumes. Her money well spent on the P.I. ‟I wonder if the professor will make his case for entrapment. Probably so. Then he will sue because he will never work in education again because of you.”
‟Georgia.” It was Tom as he rolled back towards them in the wheelchair, pushed by a nurse. ‟Is there a problem?”
‟No problem.” Georgia answered. ‟Just some girl talk. About gold in the area and the women prospectors that dig for it.”
‟Okay,” Tom missed the reference. “Well, there is a lot of stories around this area.” Tom nodded and smiled, oblivious to the shocked look that Kaylee had on her face.
The trio, plus nurse pushing the wheelchair, moved towards the elevators that Kaylee had just exited a few moments before.
‟Georgia, I have the next edition you need. We still have a week to edit it anyway, the adventure is a bit longer than previous. Nearly doubled the word-count. I am quite pleased with it, Kaylee here has helped by being my muse.” Tom smiled and kissed Kaylee’s hand.
‟Tom.” Georgia said softly. ‟We need to keep you on a regular schedule. The book signing I had set up for you had gotten postponed because of this little side-track into the hospital. You need to get back into the swing of things. I am sure your wife here would be interested in you continuing your career and keep an income to supply her with the attentions you have given her.”
Kaylee was at the brink of breaking, the thought of painting this woman as spider in her next work art . Georgia was certainly creepy enough, the older woman pulled on threads to make Kaylee flinch.
Kaylee spoke up.
“I need to speak with Tom, alone and we are returning to the Sea Dragon to have time alone and talk about some important items.”
‟I need the manuscript, Mrs. Harte.”
‟Georgia, I have it sent to your email just now.” Tom said with no room for argument. ‟This is why I have put this on the database so I can get access to it with my tablet.” He said holding the flat glass and plastic collection of electronics that bore a strong resemblance to a large mobile-phone.
‟With this, I have played a game called ‟Ingress” from my room.” Tom said with a laugh. “On the way home, drive slow, I want to do some gaming along the way.”
Kaylee and Georgia looked at each other for a moment, the animosity between them momentarily forgotten as the collective shrug between the women joined the rolling of the eyes.
*Boys and toys.* Made Kaylee smile inside. *It is nice to know that some parts of life never change.*
Then Kaylee became interested in the stories he described the city. He used it as a reason to walk the City by the Bay.
“You have the look of someone who has important news to talk about.”
She poured out her heart to him in a gush, at first, she was ready to get angry at him. She was sure that Tom would be defensive, even if she did what he told her to.
It he sounded as if he found a way in his heart to still be friends with her, even after she told him that she signed the papers and sent them off to the courts in Nevada.
They would be together at least one more night together before Georgia the Agent got her wish to have Kaylee out of Tom’s life and be his wife no more.
Tom told Kaylee the wicked witch of the children’s books had her investigated.
*Investigated!* She shook her head, trying to remember if she saw any kind of cloak and dagger person around her.
“Really, Georgia did this?” Forced out of her shock and asked the unbelievable.
Startled out of her world of indecision, sex and growing affection for Tom, with the words of Georgia insinuated that the only reason Kaylee married him was only for his money.
*Could it be true?* She doubted herself.
Could she have only stayed with him because of the glorious life that he lavished on her?
She didn’t care about what could have been, she was going home to Glenn.
Tom was awesome, but he was not what she had planned.
She was lost for a few minutes in her deepest thoughts. When she came to the here and now, Tom’s voice cut through her emotional storm with his own irritated voice.
‟… So we went for a day flight in the Sea Dragon. So, Georgia, she is not digging for gold. I made first contact, you can call off your investigation, I know more about her than you think.” Tom finished as Kaylee came back from an inward look on her own heart.
‟Tom, she is distracting you from your work.” Georgia said as she followed Tom and the nurse out the door of the elevator. ‟No offense Miss Grant, but Tom, there is no way you could be writing with her walking around naked in your winged-yacht.
‟I don’t walk around naked on his, whatever you called it.” Kaylee growled. Her right fist clenching, she could punch the woman in the sternum so hard she could separate it from the cartilage that attached it to her ribs. It would crackle and pop for the rest of her life, even after it healed.
*Control!* She had control.
‟Do you really want to go there, Miss Grant?”
‟Georgia, it is Missus. She is my wife.”
This made Kaylee cringe. She had signed the papers, Tom should have known that would have happened when she left last night. He gave her step-by-step directions on what to do.
‟Tom, you prove to me that you can write with her doing who-knows-what when you are alone for what reasons…”
‟Hello, I’m right here.” Kaylee looked at the agent.
‟She only knows.” Georgia shot a look at Kaylee . ‟You stay out of this. You are the cause for all this.”
‟Georgia, I have sold a few hundred-million dollars worth of books…”
‟One hundred-ninety eight million last year, after expenses.”
‟Yeah, and you get fifteen-percent of that.”
‟Whoa!” Kaylee ‘s eyes boggled. ‟Fifteen PERCENT? Of almost two-hundred million dollars in a year? Almost three-hundred thousand dollars for one client?”
Turning to Georgia, no longer looking belittled and beat down. She was now convinced where Georgia stood.
‟You called ME a gold-digger? And you suck over a quarter-million dollars a year just from Tom?” Kaylee was angry, verging on fury. Her knuckles were white, her fists were hard a stone. ‟You… You… hypocrite!”
‟Kaylee , just a moment.” Tom said. ‟Please let me finish.”
‟Georgia, you have been with me for a decade. Each year has been better than the last, but for as long as we have been together, you have been always pushing. You have chased off nearly every woman I have tried to start a relationship with, only Kaylee has remained. But you force me to choose, now. We must seek our separate lives from now on.”
‟You… I am fired?”
‟That is a bit harsh, but accurate.” Tom nodded. ‟It’s just time we parted, I hope amicably.”
“Tom…” but it was over.
Thomas Harte fired her.