I’m really sorry my dear to have rung you while I’m in such a tizzy this morning, but things have gone seriously astray. I thought that although my flat at Lavinia Court had been violated, we were, at least safe here over the borders in wonderful Scotland.
It appears that I am very sadly mistaken. I know that I’m not making much sense at the moment, but I’m decidedly upset by the events which have happened during the past few hours. No, it’s no use keep asking me questions; please let me explain in my own good time.
Right, OK – in a nutshell the situation is that Mrs. M went missing late yesterday afternoon. It had been raining heavily for the past couple of days and we were both a little stir-crazy with being pinned inside. Although we enjoy each other’s company, we are both used to living alone. It takes a considerable effort to maintain a conversation over a protracted period of time and although I am happy to sit quietly with my knitting or reading, Mrs. M tends to witter on – even more than me. She likes to fill the pauses in conversation by saying something – anything, rather than letting the silences happen and accepting them for what they are – natural breaks.
However, my dear, the point was that Mrs. M decided that she fancied going for a little walk down to the water’s edge. She took a quick look round outside, and said that it was quite muddy, and as it was beginning to get a little darker, she felt that I would be happier remaining indoors. I was very comfortable with my knitting – yes, my dear I am getting on well with my sock. I just need to do about another inch before I start the decreases.
Right my dear, as I was saying, Mrs. M decided to go for a short walk. She told me that she would only be about twenty minutes or so – she was going down to the edge of the loch just to get some fresh air. I reminded her to take a torch – it’s very easy to slip on wet leaves and then fall. She also had her phone with her. I said that I’d set a timer for twenty minutes and then make us a cup of tea.
So off Mrs. M went – she had a pair of boots on, with non-slip soles and a jacket with a fleecy lining. You would have thought she was going to Antarctica rather than just a couple of hundred yards! However, I thought it was a good idea for her to have a little walk as she had been saying that she could do with stretching her legs.
I decided to check her knitting while she was out in case I needed to do any running repairs. It was rather odd – she had been knitting quite a lot over the past couple of days, but when I looked at it, I would honestly swear that it was only one or two rounds further forward than when I last checked it! I really can’t understand how that can be!
Anyway, I put it back in her project bag and then went to make a cup of tea. The timer buzzed just as I put the kettle on so by the time I poured the tea I was expecting to hear Mrs. M coming through the door. Ten minutes later she still hadn’t returned, so I opened the door and listened to see if I could hear her coming. I had put the outside light on while she was out, because although at 4pm it’s still light, once it gets to about 4.30 it is decidedly dusk.
After another few minutes I was beginning to feel a little concerned, so I rang the hotel and spoke to Freddie to ask if Mrs. M had wandered up there. He said he hadn’t seen her but would ask in reception to see if she had popped in, and then he would walk along the edge of the loch towards our cabin. He told me not to worry and said he’d find her.
I said I’d ring him if she appeared back here in the meantime. As there wasn’t anything else I could do I had my cup of tea, although it was rather stewed by then. I then sat down to await developments. I didn’t hear anything for about thirty minutes or so and then there was quite a lot of noise outside. Freddie was there and there were two other guys with him.
He had found Mrs. M just a couple of hundred yards away. She was lying on the ground next to the edge of the loch. Apparently she was unconscious when they found her, so Freddie rang for an ambulance. She woke up shortly afterwards but was rather groggy, so Freddie spoke to the emergency services who decided they would send an ambulance to the hotel and the paramedics would put her on a stretcher and take her to be checked out. Freddie said that Mrs. M said that her arm was hurting and her hip was rather sore – although that may be the way she fell.
Freddie said that he asked her what she fell over – he couldn’t see any trip hazards at all, but Mrs. M said that she didn’t fall. She said that someone ran into her deliberately and pushed her over and she banged her head when she landed. Freddie did say that she sounded very confused and rather dithery. I can understand that – any fall can seriously upset your confidence, as well as causing an actual injury.
Freddie said that he would follow the ambulance in his car, so that if Mrs. M could come back he would be able to drive her here. In the meantime, he asked if I would like to spend the night at the hotel rather than being on my own here, but I decided that I would prefer to stay here where I have my own things round me. Freddie said that the owners of the cabin next door are here for a few days, so he would just pop and see them and tell them to be aware of any strangers wandering around. I will lock the door and bolt it at the top and bottom and I’ll be perfectly safe.
So my dear, that is the situation. Mrs. M has gone to the hospital. I’ve just had a brief conversation with her. She’s rather upset, which I can understand. She says she knows that she didn’t fall, but that someone deliberately “attacked” her. She has been seen by a doctor and they want her to remain there overnight as she was unconscious. Her other injuries are being checked out.
Freddie has just phoned me and said virtually the same thing. Mrs. M will remain there till tomorrow and as long as everything looks OK they will release her then. Freddie says that he will collect her and bring her back. I think we need to stay here for a few more days before we travel back south. It will give Mrs. M the opportunity to rest and recover. We have plenty of supplies and the local store will deliver any other items if necessary.
As you can appreciate, I’m rather unhappy about this situation, but there isn’t anything I can do to change it. Of course, it could have been considerably more serious. It could have been someone expecting to find me – so was it mistaken identity? Mrs. M could have received considerably more injuries! Perhaps she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time!
It may simply have been a teenager wandering around in an area that he wasn’t supposed to be, and then he panicked when seeing Mrs. M or whether it was something more dangerous I really don’t know. Freddie says that he will have a word with the local police and they will probably send someone down. I don’t think that will do any good, as the area has been trodden down by lots of different sized shoes.
I suppose I should get myself something to eat although I’m not really very hungry. I could make myself a sandwich as I really can’t be bothered to have anything more substantial. I’m sorry I’m rather downbeat just now, but it’s yet another incident which doesn’t make any sense to me. Oh well, I’m away to make another drink. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx