“STUNG! A Theophilus Hornby Mystery” (Ch. 24)

03 Oct

~~ Ch. 24 ~~
“Officer Bondo?”, Hornby asked as he lightly tapped on the hospital door.

“Yes?”, came a weak, strained voice.

“Officer Bondo, my name is Theophilus Hornby and I’m a teacher at Faithful Bible College. I wonder if I could speak with you for a few minutes?”

Bondo struggled to sit a bit upright. His two legs were in casts and he looked pale and exhausted.

“I promise not to take too much of your time,” Hornby said.

“How can I help you, is it Dr. Hornby?”

“Please call me Theo. All my friends do. I am so sorry about your car accident. Would you mind if I prayed for you after our conversation?” Hornby had never had anyone refuse his invitation to pray for them.

Bondo smiled. “I would appreciate your praying for me. I’m doing better, but I’ll take all the prayers I can get! What did you want to talk about?”

Hornby explained a bit about his concern for his student Michael whose Uncle Bubba was killed in a car accident. “I understand you were doing a bit of investigative work on that accident?”

“Yes, until I had my accident. I still don’t know how I lost my brakes. There was nothing that I could do!”

Hornby’s eyes showed a deep concern for Bondo and his almost losing his life. “Were you able to find out any information about Delvaney’s accident? I understand the inquiry is officially closed?”

“Yes, and I’m not at all happy about that! In fact, I went to the Delvaney family’s favorite restaurant to ask my questions.”

“Really? That took some courage! Michael, my student, told me that they are reputed to be major players in the Chicago crime world. In fact, his family changed their last name to Delganey to distance themselves from those relatives.”

“I did not know that,” Bondo said. “After some initial hesitation, the family talked to me and actually wished me well in trying to find out why Bubba would simply drive off a cliff.”

“Were you able to gather any new information in meeting with them?”, Hornby could see that Bondo was getting tired, so he started to wrap up their conversation.

“It’s the strangest thing. One of the family members met me at my car and said that there was only one thing that Bubba feared in life.”

“What did he say that was?”

“He said that Bubba had a deathly fear of . . . wasps!”

“Really? What happened then?”

“I thanked him for talking with me — and then I got in my car, noticed the brakes were quite loose, and crashed into some trees.”

“Officer Bondo, I’m so glad the Lord spared your life!”

“Me too! I’m not ready to meet my Maker just yet!”

“I really appreciate your time and I will pray for your full recovery. And just so you know, I’m not just a professor of theology. I’m also a kind of pastor. And I love to talk to people about the often-avoided topic of getting ready to meet their Maker!”

With those words, Hornby laid his hand on Bondo’s shoulder and prayed for him.

“Thank you again for meeting with me, Officer. Mind if I drop by again to check up on you?”

Bondo smiled a weary smile. “Not at all. And God bless you as you try to help Michael.”


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