Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: GREED (03/08/18)
- TITLE: Granny Grace's Will
By Sandra Fischer
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Opening her eyes, she beheld her Granny Grace, or what she could see of her with all the tubes coming out of her nose and mouth. She stepped closer, “Granny? Is that you?”
Of course, she didn’t expect a response. The doctor had said, “Your grandmother will likely never come out of the coma. It’s just a matter of time.”
She turned at the sound of her name to see Henry Middleton, Granny’s longtime friend and attorney.
He extended his hand. “I’m glad you found time to come see her.”
“As her only living relative, how could I not?” A faint smile crossed her lips.
“How long has it been – fifteen years?”
“I don’t remember. I just know I’ve been busy with my career and, well, Granny always seemed to be pretty independent.”
“She spoke of you often. She shared so many stories of when you were young and came to visit.”
“Those days are long gone. I have my own life to live.”
“Yes, I’ve seen your name in the social news often.”
“Well, it’s important to make connections and keep in the loop. The right associations are important.”
Henry glanced at Grace lying in the bed. “Yes, they are.”
Meredith walked to the window, looked out and crossed her arms “Can I ask you something, Henry?”
“Certainly.” And, he was certain what the question would be.
“Did you draw up a will for Granny?”
Henry's lips drew together. “Yes, I did.”
Meredith turned to face him. “As her only living relative, can you share with me the details?”
Henry moved closer to the bed where Grace lay, looked at her and put his hand on hers.
“I cannot tell you the details of the will; I can only tell you that the will is not in force. Grace fell the day she was to come in and sign it and she ended up here in a coma.”
Meredith’s eyes narrowed. She moved around the bed and pulled his arm away from Grace. “You mean she doesn’t have a will? What about her estate, all the art she collected, the jewels, the cars? What happens to them?”
Henry leveled his gaze to meet hers. “According to the law, if there is no will, the state will decide.” He removed her grip from his sleeve. “I’m sure you’ll get a share.”
“A share?” Her voice pitched higher. “It should all be mine. I’m her granddaughter!”
Henry left quickly, not wanting to hear the rest of the tirade and he hoped he would not have to encounter Meredith again.
His hopes were dashed when he came to visit Grace the next week and Meredith was there.
She gushed as she greeted him. “Oh, I’m glad to see you before I go. I thought it only right to come say a final goodbye to dear Granny Grace.”
“You seem to be in a better frame of mind today.”
“Oh, yes! I don’t need to worry about any old will anymore, Henry.”
“And, that’s because. . .?”
“I went to Granny’s house and removed everything of value—the art work alone is worth thousands, and the jewelry, the cars, well, it’s just so exciting to know I have what’s rightfully mine.” She could hardly breathe as she told him the news.
The sound of the alarm from Grace’s monitor commanded their attention. The head nurse and aides hurried into the room.
“Miss Grace!” the nurse cried, “you’re back!”
Grace’s eyes fluttered open and she looked about at the faces surrounding her. Her mouth formed a slight smile around the breathing tube.
The nurse beamed. “It’s absolutely amazing, Miss Grace, a miracle. We’re going to get you well and then you can tell us all about the things you heard while you were under.”
Henry’s face was flush with excitement, but Meredith’s was pale. “You mean. . .she could hear what people were saying?”
“Oh, yes,” the nurse nodded. “Lots of people coming out of comas have great recall.”
Henry took Grace’s hand, “Welcome, back, dear lady.”
Meredith stormed out of the room. He wasn’t sure, but Henry thought he saw Grace wink at him.
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