We bundled into Uncle’s smelly car
and drove. He rumbled along, crunching
the gears, jolting us slowly towards the
hospital. Despite the chill, Uncle had
changed into a garish shirt, printed with
psychedelic tropical birds. It was entirely
inappropriate. Nothing could disguise
his pungent bearish smell. After an
interminable journey, we parked up in
the hospital multi-storey. My heart was
thudding with excitement. I was even a
little nervous, scared I might break down
when I saw Aunty’s beloved face. The
three of us navigated the antiseptic
hospital corridors, until we reached the
ward. There was no sign of the amenable
nurse. A surly old matron guarded the
desk. Uncle spoke. After a sour pause,
we were given the all-clear and directed
hurriedly to Aunty’s room.

Author: Robert James Berry

Poet & Novelist

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