Brotherly love

Page 45… in a fiction series

It was a crisp, sunny day on the dock.  Greg had prepared a fresh shrimp salad, seasoned with horseradish and a tasty coral dressing.  Homemade basil tomato bisque was served on Haviland china.  Fattening but delicious. He was a culinary genius and a wonderful host.  How he keeps his priceless dishes from breaking in rough seas Miranda will never know.  Everyone was being really nice to her, glad to see her up and about– even Luke with his big mouth. There had to be a catch…

Ron put down his fork and cleared his throat, the first to speak. “Miranda, we know you’ve been through a very tough time. We all feel just terrible about what happened.  A robbery was the last thing any of us expected.”

“You’ve done such a great job out here on the dock this winter,” said Greg in a calming tone. “None of us thought you would make it, but you proved us wrong. You should be very proud for toughing out that storm.  I left because I was seasick.  I should have told you.  But for now, we’re starting to worry about you.”

They ate for a while in silence.

“Now there are a couple of things, Miranda.” Luke was always very direct. “You need to quit moping around, stop drinking, get your *stuff* together.  And… get a job! Yes, Miranda… a J-O-B job!  Okay… so all your money was stolen and you have a raging hangover. But that’s over now. No one is going to bail you out. If you can build an aft superstructure like a pro, you can certainly go out and get a d&*$ job. It won’t kill you to get up early and go to work like the rest of us. Any questions?”

Ron cleared his throat, indicating that Luke’s turn to speak was over. “You’re a smart girl. And a hard worker. Go to the library, ask for Jo. She’ll help you get your resume in order.” Miranda never saw this coming–  an intervention over biscotti and espresso.

“The unemployment office is at Byrne and Second Street in Petoskey. I know this isn’t your style, but it’s a good place to start,” said Greg. 

“And as for our late nights up at Jack’s Steakhouse, those days are gone.” Luke slammed his little espresso cup on Greg’s linen placemat, spilling coffee that would leave a stain. You drink to d*&% much. You’ve got to start taking care of yourself or you’re not gonna make it.”

“We can’t do this for you Miranda, but you know we’re here. Would you like some tomato bisque to take back to your boat?” They all smiled, she was ravenous.  “So you’ll at least give it a try?”Miranda nodded her head, not sure she meant it.

“For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life.”  Proverbs 6:23 (NIV)

To be continued…


*This story is based on some true events, however, has been fictionalized and all persons appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

© 2012, Shoes for an Imaginary Life. All rights reserved.

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17 Responses to Brotherly love

  1. Jan says:

    Nice intervention. Not all go so smoothly. Miranda didn’t argue, or try to defend herself? Wow.

    • Linda says:

      The prior weeks in bed desperate and depressed gave her plenty of time to think about what she was doing to herself. The night she almost killed herself (sort of by accident, sort of not), would very likely have been prevented had she been taking lithium and the other drugs prescribed to manage her illness.

      Another consideration was that her physical dependance on alcohol was not as strong as others who are in AA. The cravings and withdrawal symptoms were not as dire as most alcoholics suffer. Her bilopar disorder was a cause, not an effect. She was sick and tired of being sick and tired. : )

  2. .endtransmission. says:

    I’m hoping like H E double hockey sticks that she does something good for herself. I’ve seen rock bottom, this is it, Miranda; this is it.

    • Linda says:

      You can say hell here, e.t… Most alcoholics have been there and back… at least the ones who are lucky. I can’t wait for you to read what happens next. And Miranda is not lying about the details. It all happened exactly as written.

  3. Debbie says:

    I love that the guys were there to nudge her in the right direction. So hard when we can’t do somethings for others . . .they have to do it themselves. Great page to the continuing saga of Miranda!!!! God bless you as you point others in the right direction too! love and prayers!

    • Linda says:

      Hey Debbie… Sorry I’ve been behind in making the rounds. We have been having a blessed and wonderful time here, and I embrace every moment I have with my family when things are happy and normal… even when it crashes into my blog time! *smile*

      Those guys on the dock were beautiful. Angels? Hmmm. It’s time for some wonderful things to happen… even I’m excited! : )

  4. Larry Who says:

    “…So you’ll at least give it a try?”Miranda nodded her head, not sure she meant it…”

    That sounds boring compared to everything Miranda has done and gone through so far. I just don’t see her as a secretary. Oh well! What do I know?

    Okay, I’m ready, let’s turn the page.

    • Linda says:

      Maybe she won’t be a secretary. Maybe she will go on to rule the world. Hmmm.

      Maybe our guideline about giving our fictional characters too many of our own attributes will dangerously overlap very soon. I’m excited! : )

  5. ann says:

    Wow Linda,

    I’m reading in catch-up mode… certainly never expected this twist. I’m hoping good things for Miranda. (It’s about time she got some ‘real’ good things … the kind that can’t be stolen or misplaced. The kind that will bring bubbles of laughter from within her satisfied heart.
    Dare I hope? Crossing my fingers ;-)


    • Linda says:

      I’m enjoying those bubbles of laughter already, since I’m a few pages ahead of you guys. Shock and delight, that’s all I can say. : )

      The path to sobriety is a tricky one. As we say in AA, some of us are sicker than others. Stay tuned to find out how sick Miranda is… Hope all is well with you. (I’m playing catch up, too.)

  6. Theresa says:

    It was great that they were encouraging her, and letting her know that they cared, but I bet the idea of taking a job at that time was not too appealing…probably overwhelming…even repugnant. It would have been to me. Whenever I’m down a cozy little escape is usually what looks good to me, even when something else would be better for me. :)

    • Linda says:

      MONEY was attractive to Miranda. Remember, she has always been in a position not to worry about it, so this is the worst case scenario for her. Almost dying that night on her boat was a good motivator, too.

      Since we’ve been friends I’ve only known you to be highly motivated and determined to succeed, so it’s hard for me to imagine you any other way.
      One thing I know we have in common is anxiety over failing or not doing a great job. Maybe you’ll see youself in the pages to come. : )

      • Theresa says:

        On second thought, what you said makes sense. I wasn’t paying attention. Lately I have felt really tired…can’t get enough sleep. I guess I projected that on you. Sorry. :)


        • Linda says:

          I think the attitude about getting a job would vary from person to person. If someone is deeply clinically depressed, I think it would be almost impossible. How could you put your best foot forward, y’know? I like your comment just fine. ; )

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