One of Those Days Part 32One of Those DaysPart 32Welcome Back!About an hour later, Merai and Quinn arrived at Verne's. The beaver greeted them at the front entrance. "Well, it's about time! We was about to send out a search party!""You know, Verne, it is really hard to use a hand pump once the air pressure gets over 20 PSI in a tire, Verne, especially when you're working with a gimp arm!"Verne blinked, "I threw you the pump as a joke, I put an air compressor in Merai's trunk to do the job!""What!?!" replied Quinn and Merai in stereo."Open the trunk!" said Verne. Merai complied. "I don't see an air compressor!"Verne looked in, and lifted the tire cover off where Quinn had dropped it. A small portable air unit nestled beneath.Quinn blinked. "You have got to be kidding me!"The trio burst out in laughter. "Now come into the garage, Quinn, we have a little surprise for you courtesy our other new
One of Those Days Part 31One of Those DaysPart 31One Step ForwardQuinn stared at Merai for a minute. "But, ... how?"Merai smiled impishly, "Well, Jose showed me, you just unscrew this little doohickey inside the valve stem and..."Quinn boggled.Merai laughed, it sounded like a musical instrument. "You should see the look on your face it is priceless!""But.... your job, Arizona...""Please, allow me to introduce myself" She straightened herself off Kadie's fender and took a step forward. "My name is Merai, and I'm the new secretary, technology consultant, dispatch officer, and parts retrieval specialist for Verne's Automotive repair and Body shop!" she smiled and extended her paw.Quinn closed his eyes and softly began to cry. "Merai, I'm so sorry, I've ruined everything!" He felt himself encircled by a warm embrace. She buried her head in his chest, gently nuzzling him."Quinn, you hurt me deeply at the hospital."
One of Those Days Part 30One of Those DaysPart 30Roadside AssistanceVerne looked over at Quinn as he buckled himself in."Well, it's good to see you outta the hospital, boy, you take all the time you need to heal, yer job'll still be here when yer ready ta come back.""Thanks Verne, I hope things haven't been too rough on you at the garage.""Nah, we're doin' fine! I finally got off my tail and hired us some extra help. We got ourselves a couple new hands ta divide the work. Take a gander at this!" the beaver pulled a small black device from his pocket. "It's called a cell phone! I can use this with the CB in the flatbed to keep in touch better with the garage, or even call suppliers with parts orders! We also has a use for the old shed out back, hee, hee, you'll love this idea..." Verne chatted on about various improvements they would make to the garage and several plans he had for the future. Quinn listened
One of Those Days Part 29One of Those DaysPart 29WaitingThe hospital released Quinn two days later. Verne picked him up to him back in his truck. The nurse gave Quinn his final instructions as she wheeled him outside. "Remember to keep your arm moving, try to use as full a range as possible to keep your muscles from stiffening up. After about a week, you'll be able to perform more strenuous tasks. The same holds true for your leg. Use the crutch as long as you need it. But not for too long otherwise the muscles will atrophy. Your lung is healing nicely and you should be at 100% within 10 days. Remember to get a good eight hours of sleep every night, and don't over exert yourself the first week back home. Remember what we showed you in therapy for moving in your apartment, and to perform simple tasks. Take this Twice a day as necessary to reduce your pain, and as an anti-inflammatory. If
One of Those Days Part 28One of Those DaysPart 28Familiar PlacesVerne had a hard time keeping up with the distraught porcupine. That last tune-up really gave the old car some new horsepower.He kept up the pursuit. The young lady drove unusually fast and Verne feared first running afoul of the law, but more for the girl's safety. He knew she needed to think things over, but getting herself killed wouldn't help matters at all.She pulled onto the turnpike and he followed her. As the miles ticked by he wondered just how long she would need to drive to get this out of her system.Suddenly, the car veered off the road, coming to a halt in a familiar pull off area. Verne pulled in behind her. He saw her slump over the steering wheel, shuddering.He waited a few minutes for her to regain her composure before exiting his truck.Merai stared mutely through the steering wheel at the speedometer. The needle pointed directly at 0.
One of Those Days Part 27One of Those DaysPart 27Two Steps Back"Afternoon, Mrs. Stuart." nodded Verne to the older porcupine entering the room."Mom! I, uh, oh, but, Merai, and....""Quinn," she began "Don't be hard on him, please, how long have you worked together? How long have you been friends?"Quinn looked down. He couldn't look Verne or his mother in the eye."Don't be so depressed, son, there's someone else here to see you, and I don't think you want to disappoint her!"Quinn looked up at the door framed, smiling stood Merai. His eyes grew as big as saucers. Then his face darkened. "Merai, what are you doing here?" he said flatly."To see you, silly, did you honestly think I could stay away?""But what about your job, and Arizona?""My new employer is very understanding!""You need to leave me Merai.""WHAT?!?" The statement stunned everyone in the room."What are you talking about Quinn?""You heard m
One of Those Days Part 27?One of Those DaysPart 26What The!??!Quinn's heart leapt into his throat (fighting with the trach-tube for space) at the sound of a girl's voice .Verne stepped aside and turned around to see who it was.They both boggled at what they saw silhouetted in the doorway.She stood there, a clip-board replete with notes folded into her paws, held demurely in front of her, but that was the only demure thing about her."V-Verne, did you come up with this idea?"Quinn's heart rate monitor spiked and his blood pressure increased to impressive levels. Again, blood began to trickle from his snout.All Verne could do was stand and stare dumbfounded at the figure in the doorway.For framed in the doorway, dressed in a very revealing "Naughty Nurse" outfit stood...Who in the heck was that anyways? She looked like a cross between a cat and a wolf. Sky blue fur outlined her body, fading to white as the eye followed to her middle. A huge fluff of a tail wav
One of Those Days Part 26One of Those DaysPart 26ConvalescenceKadie's engine purred as Merai turned onto the parkway. Pittsburgh was unusual, in that the city was nestled in a hilly river valley. Most towns fade away as one leaves, not so with the steel city. One tunnel, and the metropolis disappeared from view. Soon she saw the Monroeville turnpike exit. Kadie's engine cranked up a notch as she merged with the faster interstate traffic. The old car seemed eager to reach its new destination.Quinn lay back in the hospital bed. They'd moved him from the intensive care ward once he'd regained consciousness. He felt so tired and drained. He thought about his actions over the past few days. Denial only worked for so long. Merai should be on her way to Arizona now, and he hadn't made any preparations at all. He had his ready excuse, Merai needed help packing her things, and with wor
One of Those Days Part 25One of Those daysPart 25Now Departing..."All my bags are packed, I'm ready to goI'm standin' here outside your doorI hate to wake you up to say goodbyeBut the dawn is breakin', it's early mornThe taxi's waitin', he's blowin' his hornAlready I'm so lonesome I could dieSo kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leaving on a jet planeI don't know when I'll be back againOh, babe, I hate to go"CHANTAL KREVIAZUK"Leaving On A Jet Plane"Brilliant white light assaulted Quinn's eyes, he had no idea where he was. Something dimmed the light above him, slowly a face came into focus. Wonderful blue eyes. Was this the angel assigned to escort him to heaven? No, not heaven, too much pain, in his arm chest and leg. He could feel a tube down his throat, something clung to his snout.Slowly the face came into focus. A paw gently stroked his forehead."My poor bab