Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #59
…You are going to lie anyways, so tell za family that she has decided to care for zose old Germans across za lake…
After what seems to be an eternity, the crusty German doctor emerges from his den.
“Tell me, Ziggy, what is the news?” John Ferrell demands.
“Vell, John, Mother unt foetus are in good shape, but zey are lucky za Princess did not take on more vater.” Ziggy’s broken English is hard to understand, but John is used to it and it relates his genuine concern. He thinks of Laura as the daughter he and Frieda never had. ”Eez za Baby yours too John?”
He swallows hard in responding, “Yes… yes it is… a weak moment from this past summer. I love Martha with all my heart. I cannot believe I could have been so stupid.”
“She eez a beautiful voman, don’t you know. I vould hazard to guess zat tings like zis happen more often zan ve find out. Peoples ask me for abortions all za time, but za thought of ending a baby’s life sickens me so. Not to mention my Mrs., barren and sorely lonely for it.”
Ferrell is content to listen, feeling for his neighbor’s pain.
“I tell you vat, Johann, I can tell you don’t have a good plan for za Princess. Two vives and children from each verks for the Mormons, but zey moved to Utah for crying out loud!” he states in his usually frank manner. “I don’t think you move out you house der, so ve vould be honored to see Olla through to her childbirth. Ve have so much room in our chalet.”
“That is a generous offer.” He ponders. “But how do I explain her absence? She is like a member of our family.”
“Not everysing vill be easy, son. You are going to lie anyways, so tell za family that she has decided to care for zose old Germans across za lake. She vill, you know unt give us months of joy to boot.’
“I will find some explanation. I hope a good one.”
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
“Please tell Laura that I will have her things moved here tomorrow. And make sure she knows that I intend to take care of her.”
“I vould expect no less from you, Johann. You are a good friend.”