As they entered Ginny’s house, Lucy’s eyes filled with tears. She hadn’t been for a while and the sense of desertion hit her hard. “It’s cold,” she said.
“I left the heating on standby. There was no point burning energy in an empty house.” Suzanne said. “I did go round pretty thoroughly I thought but maybe you can think of somewhere I haven’t looked. I don’t suppose you know her password, do you? For the computer?”
“Yeah, I do. I’ve helped her to set up a couple of things now and then. It’s Royalnurse.”
“Of course it is. They had all been immensely proud of their service at the hospital in Liverpool and it was no surprise that Ginny still held it as a cause for pride.”
It was uncomfortable logging on to her machine. It felt like theft but it was a logical thing to do and when she came back she would surely understand.
There were a few icons on the home page. Shopping sites, a couple that had quizzes and word games and then folders which were clearly labelled. All the usual. Insurance, Car, Emergency Plumber, and on and on and one that was labelled notes. They clicked it open to find what was in effect a diary. There were no daily records of the weather but there were a few musing here and there. Notes about their outings together made them smile. They knew that she had valued their friendship but it was heartwarming to read that she had loved the trips and meals and theatre expeditions.
“Aw, bless her,” Lucy said as she wiped a tissue across the tears on her cheeks.
Suzanne flicked through the pages, stopping now and then to look at a picture.
“Have you noticed this?” she pointed at the lower corner of the screen. “Now and again there is just this little note, it’s not on all of them Dr B.”
“Well, she had lots of appointments, didn’t she?”
“Yes, she did but her Doctor is Patel the same as mine. The consultant at the hospital is that woman.”
“Yes, that’s it. This is only recent and it’s every couple of weeks. I wonder that it is?”
“She didn’t say anything to me about seeing a new person. This makes me wonder all over again if she had something else wrong with her that she didn’t tell us about.”
“But if you look some of them have ‘in’ beside them and some have ‘out’. What the hell can that mean?”
“I haven’t a clue. Go back and see when that started.”
It had been for the past couple of months, every ten days or so. One record would show ‘in’ and the next ‘out’.
The last day time that they had any contact with her was a Dr B day with the note. ‘out’