Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #3
…”What is today’s date?” the doctor inquires. It is hard to keep track of time, when daylight comes to your world but an hour a day…
“My Maggie died this morning, Frank,” simply put.
Lightfoot’s face turns a whiter shade of pale. Realization of another’s mortality will shine the light on your own, producing humility and ultimately humanity.
“I am truly sorry, Doc Campbell. I didn’t mean to disrespect you.” He means what he says.
“Maybe you could put in a good word for me, with Warden Hayes I mean. He denied me a pass to go to the wake.”
“This IS a maximum security prison,” Frank states, then recants, regaining his new humanity. “You’re right, Doc. The warden should grant you a pass and I’ll volunteer to take you to… where are you folks from?”
“How can I forget that, state capital and all?”
“To be rightly correct, we hail from Quincy, in Gadsen County. But we have a family cemetery plot at Oakland Cemetery in Frenchtown, not far from my hospital.” The mention of his clinic floods him with emotion, accent on the guilt. “My Maggie would still be alive if I had been there for her. She always needed me to guide and care for her. And where am I? I’d say I’ma wasting my retirement years, serving time for a death which I dint cause — and now my Maggie’s gone and I have nothin’ to live for.”
“You have daughters, don’t ya? Three seems to me, ‘cause I remember all of them coming the day you came here. It was February 3rd… in’57, the same as my weddin’ anniversary.”
“Tuesday,” is the response.
“No, the date. Ain’t it October?”
“21st, yeah, October. It says so on this here new watch I got, shows the date and the day,” ironically on an Omega.
“623 days without her and now I don’t care about tomorrow or any other day. Take me home, Lord, I want to see my Maggie!”
“I’ll talk to Warden Hayes in the mornin’. Blow out that candle now. We’ll get you home, Doc.”
Getting Warden Hayes to change his mind will be no small task. Ten years ago, two former inmates, black and hopelessly unemployed, with too much time on their hands, kidnapped, raped, tortured and killed the warden’s 11 year old daughter. Revenge was their motive… as it is now his… an unreasonable rebuke of this 68 year old black Southern doctor in mourning.