Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 150
…could you please pray for him?… his name is Edward Francis Dombroski and he is at Saint Anthony Hospital room 314…
In the meantime, Constance must consider all her options. The biggest issue being: has CCPI outlived its usefulness here in Chicago? Is she hanging around just to avoid having to return Florida? Has Ace Bannion’s presence hindered her judgment? What is her function from this point forward?
One of those questions is answered by a simple telephone call. Eddie Dombroski is back in the hospital.
“He has pneumonia pretty bad. He just had to shovel that last little snow we got, the dummy; it would have melted the next day. His left lung was collapsed because of the gunshot and now he’s gone out and messed up the other one!” Edie Dombroski has not good news on the husband front. On the other hand, “If he dies, I don’t what I’m going to do without him.”
“We have to stay,” Constance’s overriding sense of responsibility for Eddie’s disability is at work. If his family needs help in his absence, then she will see to it.
Shortly after learning of their friend’s setback, none other than Billy Graham is on the phone with a special request. Sometimes questions are answered in dribs and drabs, or in this case, by the bushel, “Miss Caraway, I have a favor to ask?”
“Good, we were getting a little bored. What’s the scoop?”
“We — Willard Libby, Martin Kamen and I — are having a hard time convincing Willard’s Aunt to join us on the crusade we’re planning. It seems she had a close encounter, in the spiritual battle being fought around her nephew and to be frank, she will not trust just anyone to pick her up at Tolentine.”
“I love Sister Mary Joseph. She will listen to me, just give me the day and time and I’ll have her there.”
“Thank you so much and if there is anything I can do for you, let me know.”
“As a matter of fact, I have a friend, whom we met in Chicago, and I just heard that he isn’t doing so well; could you please pray for him… his name is Edward Francis Dombroski and he is at Saint Anthony Hospital room 314?”
“I am in Chicago this week. Would a visit from me make a difference?”
“His wife would be thrilled to meet you!” Constance is too, having been to a prayer meeting of Graham’s in his native state of North Carolina, 2 years back. “Please check in with us beforehand. We need to coordinate things for the sake of secrecy. It’s the only advantage that we have right now. Perhaps we could meet you at the hospital and knock heads.”
“Is 6PM too late?”
“No that would perfect, Saint Anthony Room 314.”