So, there the Bump family was…at the hospital with Jane Bump’s twisted ankle! She was pleading for pain pills, and this was before oxycodone and she swore that she truly believed that she was dieing! The doctor arrive and subsequently x-rayed the injured area only to discover that it was but a light sprang. He bandaged it and prescribed St. Joseph Baby Aspirin.
Now, Jim was taken to St. Mary’s hospital in Chicago and examined for the severe blow to his chest by the errant Jai alai ball that hit him at 87 miles per hour directly in the center of his chest. He was found to be fine from his Jai alai injury but suffering from his 40 years of smoking and counseled to quit immediately!
George had decided that it was time to introduce Billy B. into the mafia lifestyle and he had made a call to his costa nostra contacts. They agreed that Billy should be brought in as a ‘Best Boy’ and shown the ropes of the Chicago Mafia.
Ivy swore with an oath to St. Francis that she wold keep her gossip to herself if Jane pulled through and that she would not pursue her investigation of George Kovacs if Jane, her best friend, and Jim, her husband, survived!
Billy B. thought of the cold rib eye steak, which he loved, and Coca Cola which had by now gone flat. He thought of George K’s promise to him and the shallowness of so many promise that he had already heard in his short life. He considered what it meant to be a member of a group that would protect you and look after you and always be on your side.
Ivy told Jim as he awakened from the mild anesthesia that he had been given to facilitate his examination of his chest, that she would never take him for granted again. She would never discount the valuable work that he did as a mechanic and that she loved him and that Susie and Steve and that she needs him very much!
She mentioned that this Labor Day was a turning point in their relationship and that henceforth there was going to be a new focus in their home!
Jim nodded and thought how he wold like to have a cigarette. He thought of the vacuousness of Ivy and her multitude of rantings and ravings. He considered if he had truly accomplished anything remarkable in his short life? He thought of Susie and Steve and was somewhat comforted in the knowledge that he had two wonderful children!
Suddenly there entered a woman in a seersucker suit and a panama hat and she asked after the health of Jane Bump, Billy’s mom. Jimmy was informed that all was well and that Jane was receiving the best to care and that Billy B. was being looked after….