By Betty Neels
It appeared unusual to Serena Lightfoot that every time she so much wanted aid, orthopaedic health professional Mr. Ivo van Doelen consistently appeared to have an answer. whilst he put in her at his previous nanny's domestic in Chelsea, Serena knew she could not remain lengthy, for she was once at risk of wasting her middle to him. yet Ivo knew what he wanted--he easily wanted house to permit Serena to get to understand him, and a wedding among acquaintances might provide him that point. Now all he needed to do used to be convince Serena to simply accept his handy proposal....
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Serena set the tray on his knees. She said, in the colourless voice she used when she needed to show self-restraint, "Mrs. Pike is sixty and has rheumatism; she can't kneel or bend--you can hardly call her strong. Even if I'm strong, I have only one pair of hands. If you send her away it would mean that either I do no housework and look after you and cook, or do the housework and feed you sandwiches. " He wasn't listening, but poking at the food on his plate with a fork. "These aren't lamb's sweetbreads.
You don't mind Mr. " She glanced at the big man, who was leaning against the dresser. " "Your father has had a severe stroke. He is too ill for him to be moved to hospital, I'm afraid. In fact, my dear, I believe that he will not recover. I'll get the community nurse to come as soon as possible. If necessary she will stay the night. " "I'll telephone them. Thank you for coming, Dr. " "I'll come in the morning, or sooner if you need me. If by any chance I'm on another case, will you allow Mr. " She glanced at the big man, standing so quietly, saying nothing and yet somehow making her feel safe.
Nonsense, of course--but, nonsense or not, his memory stayed clearly in her head. During the week her elder brother came. His visits were infrequent, although he lived in Yeovil, but, as he pointed out, he was a busy man with little leisure. At Christmas and on his father's birthday he came, with his wife and two children--duty -visits no one enjoyed--and every month or so he came briefly. He was very like his father, and they didn't get on well, so the visits were brief. Serena, offering coffee or tea, was always questioned closely as to finances, warned to let him know if she should ever need him, but was never asked if she was happy or content with the life she led.