“STUNG! A Theophilus Hornby Mystery” (Ch. 18)

12 Jul

~~ Ch. 18 ~~
“Who’s in charge here?”, growled Sargent Sanders. “Where’s my Officer Bondo?”

Sanders gripped the ER nurses’ station, leaning over to bark at the thin, blond young woman who was filling in charts.

“Sir, I’m afraid Officer Bondo is in the ICU. Only family members are allowed to see him.”

“I AM family, Miss Hunter!” Sanders looked like he was going to jump over the desk when the attending ER physician came around the corner. “What’s happening here?”, he asked.

“I’m Officer Bondo’s boss — and I want to see him right now!”

“I’m afraid that’s impossible, Sargent. He’s in a coma.”

“A coma? What in the world happened to him? His wife called me and told me he was taken to the hospital.”

“I’m not sure what happened, but he crashed his patrol car into a patch of birch trees off Highway 77.”

“Highway 77? That’s way out of our jurisdiction. And nowhere near Bondo’s home.”

“Well, all I can tell you is that he will survive. He’s got two broken legs, a ruptured spleen, and a pretty severe concussion. If it hadn’t been for the patrol car’s airbags and the patient’s excellent physical condition, I don’t think he would have made it.”

“Doc, please call me when he wakes up. He’s young, but he’s an excellent driver. I need to know what happened to him.”

“Will do, Sargent Sanders. Now, if you will excuse me, I’ve got some other patients to attend to.”

As Sanders started to leave, he turned around and said to the young nurse, “I apologize for my abruptness, Miss. Please do all you can for my Officer.”

“You can count on it, Sir.”

John Smith was sitting close by in the patients’ section of the ER and was overhearing most of the conversations. “I hope this accident will discourage Bondo from doing any more investigating. I don’t really have any desire to finish off this cop.”


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