Durham. They got directions to the university then Dougie made enquiries as to where Paula was.
At the campus Dougie asked the janitor for the room number that Paula was staying at
He ran up several flights of stairs and when he reached the floor that Paula was on. He heard the sound of guitars playing as he took a deep breath then knocked on the door.
The music stopped and it was answered by Angela Maughan.
“Is Paula there please?’
“Yes; Paula she shouted there’s a handsome looking man at the door to see you. Paula took off her guitar strap and stood her guitar on its stand.
She was utterly surprised to see Dougie standing there.
“Come in she said when she saw him.’
“Can we talk outside please?’
“What’s wrong Doug?’
“Dougie led her outside then told her about her mother. He held her in his arms as her legs gave way beneath her she cried hysterically and all that Dougie could do to console her was hold her. His shirt was soaked with her tears.
Finally she sat on a bench nearby and asked Dougie to explain how she had died.
There was no easy way to explain and he told her she had died as a result of a robbery. Can you wait here and I will go up and tell my friends. I will tell Basek that I will be driving back with you tonight. He went to the car park and told Basek of his plans and thanked him for bringing him.
“I will see you tomorrow my friend said Basek, please give my deepest condolences to Paula for me.
I will don’t worry.’
Basek started the engine of the truck then drove slowly out of the car park.
Dougie returned to the bench and sat and waited for what seemed a long time when in fact it was only half an hour. Will you be alright to drive he asked as he saw that her eyes were red where she had obviously been crying again.
Driving back she asked Dougie how his first fishing trip had gone. He wanted to tell her how exciting it had been but under the circumstances he chose not to.
“It was fine he just said.’
“We can go to Preston Hospital first Paula that is where they have your mother.’
“Again the tears welled up in her eyes.
“Will you come with me?’
“Yes of course darling he reached for her hand and held it momentarily before she broke free to change gear.
“I would like to stay with you tonight if that’s alright Doug.’
“Of course, I don’t think you should be alone tonight anyway.’
They reached the hospital at ten past nine and when they got there Dougie went with her to the reception.
“Can you wait in here a moment Miss Beck someone will be with you presently?’
The receptionist led her to a room and then told her that she would bring them both a cup of tea.
When the tea arrived Dougie thanked her then handed a cup to Paula.
“I have some paracetamol in my pocket if you would like some.’
Please Doug I have a blinding headache. He took the bottle of pills from his coat and opened them and gave two to Paula who took them and washed them down with the