Shawn finally gets the autopsy report and meets with Chris Curtis again. Jesse is doing even better and gets to start Physical Therapy with a very nice young lady.
Trish and Shawn spent their morning at home enjoying each other’s company,
starting their day with a nice breakfast. The moments from the evening before
still lingered between them, feelings of love, mutual trust, and being in this
together. Feelings of exploring their own personal way of being sexual and intimate
and completing the loving relationship the shared.
about Shawn turned Trish on. She loved seeing him adhering to his daily tasks
of being a paraplegic, his bathroom routines, dressing himself, transferring
from his wheelchair to wherever he needed his body to be and back into his
chair, the way he pushed the rims of his blue framed TiLite, the way he lifted
his body quickly many times during the day and the way his arms and muscles
worked in getting him wherever he needed to go. She loved looking at his still
legs as they were perfectly aligned in an angle with his feet positioned
motionless on the foot rest.
aside from his life as a paraplegic, she loved him so very much in all other
ways. She loved looking into his dark eyes and letting her hands run through his
dark wavy hair or over his face. She loved his jokes and sometimes being lost
in unspoken emotions about the things that were going on in his life. She loved
the way he cared for Jesse and she loved the yearning he had for a better life.
She wanted to be by his side through anything that would come their way and she
couldn’t imagine being without Shawn in her life anymore.
couldn’t be happier about having Trish in his life and still sometimes he
wondered. He wondered about how things had happened for him and if he wouldn’t
have gotten behind that steering wheel that night he would have probably never
met Trish. He had met her because of a moment of irresponsible behavior on his
end and even though the past two years had been rough now he was more or less
glad that he had come out of the accident paraplegic. For the past two years he
had believed that he wouldn’t ever be really happy again and hadn’t thought
that he would actually ever enjoy sex again or have a woman by his side.
Everything had turned around in the past couple of weeks and aside from Jesse
still recovering in the hospital Shawn was certain life could only get better
now. The old saying how sometimes good things come out of bad situations
definitely rang true for him now.
as Shawn and Trish were getting ready to head back to town to see Jesse they
heard an engine noise in the driveway and when Trish looked out she saw the Fed
Ex truck. She opened the door for the driver before he had even reached the
door and she called out a “Hello” to him. The driver looked up from getting the
package out of the truck and replied with a greeting, then walked up toward the
had the envelope they were waiting for and Shawn came wheeling up behind Trish
and greeted the driver.
had to present his ID, sign for the certified mail delivery and took the
envelope. A quick “Thank You” and the Fed Ex driver was on his way again.
Trish turned toward Shawn he said, “I guess we should go by Chris Curtis’s
office before we go see Jesse.”
& Barkley Law Firm was located in downtown. Trish found an adequate parking
spot for Shawn to be able to get out of the car easy enough.
building had an elevator and took Trish and Shawn up to the second floor which
was fully occupied by the Law Firm. There was one office with a receptionist in
the front for Chris Curtis and another office for his partner Spencer Barkley,
also with a receptionist in front of it.
smaller offices were inhabited by the paralegal and administrative assistants.
The receptionist announced Trish and Shawn over the intercom into Chris
Curtis’s office and he told her to let them in.
As Trish and Shawn entered, Chris
Curtis stood up from behind his desk and approached them with a
friendly smile, “Hi Shawn! How are you?”
shaking hands with Chris, Shawn introduced Trish, “This is my girlfriend Trish
greeted Trish and asked her to take a seat in front of his large contemporary
desk. Shawn parked his wheelchair next to her and handed the envelope over to
Chris Curtis, “Great, now we can get this thing rolling.”
tore it open right there and pulled out a thick folder with all the papers in
it, declaring the findings of the autopsy on Mr. Hovanek.
a moment he looked over the papers and then up at Shawn, “This is what we need
to get started on Jesse’s case against Mr. Hovanek’s insurance. I have already
prepared all the statements from Jesse, the statements and findings from
Jesse’s employer, really just explanations from the State Patrol that Jesse was
wearing proper safety gear during his work on the Interstate. There was no negligence
on side of his employer. Cascadia Construction is a well-established clean
company and has never had any reports of not following the regulations when it
comes to construction workers. Jesse and his employer did everything right. We
also prepared all the evidence of Jesse’s injuries, recovery time, loss of
income, personal suffering and possibility of not being able to work again in
his previous job. I also added your expenses of travelling to Oregon and having
to stay with your brother, we should be able to get that money back as well.
Sacred Heart Hospital and St. Peter Hospital here let us have access to Jesse’s
medical records concerning this accident and I believe I have a steadfast case
against Mr. Hovanek’s insurance. I will submit all of this to the insurance and
see what is going to happen. If they have any issues with our findings and our
case against them, it will go to court but I hope we have enough evidence that
they will just pay up. We have calculated an estimate of the settlement if
everything goes well.”
looked over at Trish for a moment and then back at the attorney. Chris knew
Shawn was wondering and without Shawn asking he stated, “We have come up with a
settlement of $ 665,000, my 20 % already taken out.”
took a deep breath and Trish moved her hand over to his hand.
asked lowly, “So if all of this works out Jesse could get $ 665,000?”
smiled proudly, “Yes, and I am certain it will. They have nothing against
couldn’t imagine this amount of money and he shook his head in disbelief, “This
is crazy. I mean, I can’t even…I can’t grasp this amount of money.”
added, “Your brother deserves nothing less and we will get that money for him.”
smiled and squeezed Shawn’s hand.
shook his head again and said lowly, “My brother shouldn’t have had to go
through all of this.”
words fueled Chris Curtis’s next comment, “Exactly, he shouldn’t have had to go
through this but because he is going through it he will get what he deserves
because one man made a big mistake that night.”
couldn’t help the memory of his own accident bubble up in his mind. He also had
made a big mistake that night and he also had killed a person because of his
irresponsibility. It was difficult to remember this but now that he knew what
could have happened if his friend’s family would have pushed the vehicular
manslaughter on him or maybe claimed a case against Shawn all of it could have
turned out so much worse. He knew now that Chad’s family had really cut him
slack, they had not acted in anger toward Shawn but instead had seen that it
had not solely been Shawn’s fault that night but Chad just the same for forcing
him to get behind the wheel. If Shawn had not gotten behind that wheel Chad
would have driven himself nonetheless and he most likely would have killed
himself in the process, he had been way over the alcohol limit of Washington
State. So either way Chad would have probably died that fateful night but Shawn
for some little reason thought he could somehow prevent this from happening by
not letting his friend go off on his own and doing something stupid. He felt
that if they would go down, then they would go together or maybe one could save
the other in case something would happen. He couldn’t save Chad that night and
he yelled at him in the truck on the way, yelled at him to buckle up but Chad
didn’t care. His family knew him and when Shawn sobbed in the courtroom telling
his side of the story they had empathy with him and his situation. He came out
of it alive but in their opinion was punished enough by being paralyzed and
they let him go and dropped their charges against him. And he remembered how
after the hearing in court he had quickly followed them in his wheelchair,
still clumsy and insecure and under tears he had tried to thank them for their
mercy and he had wanted to explain to them that he felt sorry and that Chad had
meant a lot to him but they had not even looked at him and had walked away
leaving him behind in front of the courthouse, his heart aching of the pain he
felt and the guilt of having made the wrong decision that night.
Shawn was lost in thoughts for a moment he didn’t even realize that a tear had
run out of his eye and when he snapped out of the memory and looked up, Chris
Curtis asked lowly, “Are you O.K. Shawn?”
quickly wiped over his face, glanced over at Trish’s worried expression and
then back to Chris.
Trish squeezed Shawn’s hand again in reassurance and Chris
looked at Shawn with a knowing expression and said lowly, “I know your case
swallowed and Chris added lowly, “My partner was the Metschner’s lawyer at that
time. Chad’s family.”
didn’t know what to say at that moment and he looked down and swallowed again,
his throat felt like it had a knot in it.
Chris Curtis said, “It was a good that they dropped the charges against you
back then. I am very glad I can help your brother and I will do anything in my
power to make the settlement happen.”
Chris had been on his side back then. Shawn didn’t know what to say but he felt
his hands sweaty and he couldn’t ignore the pain that had come up with the
thoughts of his past and he tried his hardest to stop another tear from
escaping his eye and with watery eyes he looked back up at Chris Curtis and
barely able to speak he said lowly, “If I could turn back time…I would have
never….gotten behind the…wheel and I…would have probably…gotten arrested for
beating up my friend Chad…but he would still be here and I…wouldn’t be in this
got up from his chair and came around to the front of his desk and sat on it
right in front of Shawn, looking somewhat down on him, “You shouldn’t dwell on
the past Shawn. Sometimes people make mistakes because of how much they care
for someone and at that time you did this for your friend Chad because you
cared for him and that is all you knew to do in that situation in that moment.
Even though sometimes things turn badly we still have to keep on living our lives
and make the best out of any situation. You have done just that and you are
here and I am glad I can help your brother.”
had been sitting and listening and looking at Shawn and hearing what he had
said about that fateful night made her heart ache for him but made her even
more determined to help him get over the guilt he apparently still carried
around with him.
held his trembling hand and she squeezed even tighter and Shawn turned to her,
then back to Chris, “Thank you so much.”
Curtis smiled and replied, “You are welcome. I will get in touch with you and
Jesse as soon as I hear something. I will send everything in and we will hold
our fingers crossed.”
wiped over his face and nodded, “O.K.”
the hospital Jesse was feeling good and looked content as they came into his
room. He greeted them with a smile and Shawn was glad to see Jesse getting
better from day to day. He wanted to tell him about his visit with Chris Curtis
but he remembered how Jesse had acted somewhat unexpected when they first had
heard about a possible settlement amount.
they greeted Jesse Shawn started carefully, “We stopped at Chris Curtis’s
office before we came here.”
looked at Shawn questioningly, “Who is Chris Curtis?”
sighed but decided to just explain to Jesse, “He is the lawyer who will try to
win your case against the insurance of the man who hit you. We got the autopsy
results in the mail today and I took all of it by Chris Curtis’s office. He
needs everything to start the process, Jesse. He says there is a good chance we
can win this case.”
didn’t say anything right away and Shawn added lowly, “He kind of calculated a
said softly, “You could get a lot of money Jesse.”
looked at them both with a questioning expression and Shawn then said, “He said
you could get $ 665,000 and he is very confident that you can win this.”
Jesse said was, “Great.”
was confused at Jesse’s indifferent reaction and he didn’t know if it had
something to do with Jesse’s memory loss or if it was something else. Now he
really didn’t want to say anything else about it and Trish must have sensed it
too and started cheerfully, “How are you today Jesse?”
told them about his day and how he was doing all right.
spent the afternoon together and in the evening after work Ceci showed up and
later on Uncle Randy again. Everyone was relieved that Jesse was holding up
next few days showed even more improvement and Jesse seemed content and feeling
good. His leg didn’t show any signs of infection, was healing well and the pain
medication helped Jesse not to feel the pain that his leg would have caused him
otherwise. The wound catheter had been taken out of Jesse’s leg and he was glad
to be rid of yet another invasive device on his body. He couldn’t wait to
finally go to the bathroom again or take a real shower instead of being washed
off regularly by the Certified Nurses Assistants. He had to keep brushing his
teeth in bed. The CNA’s kept his hair somewhat washed and his face shaven if he
chose to and made sure his indwelling Foley catheter was all right and also
took care of the bowel movements Jesse had to let happen into some adult
diapers. He hated it all but there was nothing he could do. He felt more
compassionate about Shawn’s situation though, knowing how Shawn had his own
share of issues with bowel movement and urination by using a catheter every
time. It was no wonder Shawn had been more than frustrated in the beginning of
his new life as a paraplegic and trying to get a routine going with these very
private issues. He managed well now but Jesse could definitely relate to his
brother on another level now and when he used to get mad at Shawn for not
wanting to leave the house because he was worried he would literally have bowel
accidents while out and about, now he understood Shawn’s worries and anxieties
a lot more. He could see the issues from Shawn’s point of view now but at least
he could still feel when he had to urinate or defecate. Shawn on the other hand had no idea and
had to be alert to signs of his body at all times to make sure things were
working right in getting rid of the waste in his body.
stayed at Shawn’s house every night which on one hand made her roommate Katie
Ann somewhat sad but at the same time she was happy that Trish and Shawn had
reconciled and had become very serious now.
had moved things to Shawn’s house again and her clothes were hanging in the
closet of the extra bedroom once again. This time though her bathroom things
were in Shawn’s bathroom and not in the extra bathroom at the other end of the
this time she slept in Shawn’s bed every night, cuddled up close to him and
being able to fully enjoy each other’s closeness.
had been neglecting her school work somewhat over the last couple of weeks with
everything happening and now the summer semester was almost over and she had to
get busy again. At night she would sit in the kitchen writing papers for her
Biology classes while Shawn was watching TV or playing video games.
would have rather sat on the couch with him, cuddling or doing other things but
she had to finish the semester strong and get her Associates Degree out of the
way and was already signed up for the Bachelor’s Degree program.
was understanding, he wanted to be supportive of Trish’s education.
was on Sunday evening when he wheeled into the kitchen to get a drink and Trish
was sitting in front of her computer. He wheeled up next to her and glanced at
her computer screen where she was reading up on her next year of school with
some of the classes actually taking place in a classroom.
at him and stated, “I have some tough classes next year and I will be in Tacoma
nodded, “In Tacoma huh?”
I am signed up at Tacoma City College. Two years of school again, then moving
on to get into a Physical Therapy program.”
is that going to be?”
don’t know yet. It could be in another state.”
nodded and Trish saw his serious expression and she said, “We may have to move
heard her say “We” and looked up and Trish added, “But for right now I am still
here for at least two more years.”
leaned over and kissed him for reassurance, “Don’t worry about all that yet. I
love you and I know you can’t just up and leave this place. We will figure it
all out when the time comes.”
nodded, “We will...” With that he wheeled away to the living room.
they came to the hospital on Tuesday they found a young woman in Jesse’s room
holding his right arm up and was just about to explain an exercise when they
came in. Jesse’s right arm was out of the sling and the young woman let it down
gently on the bed and turned to face Trish and Shawn, “Hi.”
took the word before Trish and Shawn could say anything, “Kristy, this is my
brother Shawn and his girlfriend Trish.”
stood up and came around to the front and reached her hand out to both of them,
“Hi, I am Kristy. I am going to be Jesse’s Physical Therapist from now on. We
are working on range of motion for his right arm. His collar bone is healed and
we got orders to get Jesse moving. Now that his arm is well we can soon get him
to sit up, out of bed and get busy with that leg of his.”
smiled at them friendly and assuringly. Kristy was a nice looking red head and
some light freckles covered her face, only visible at close range.
seemed to be happy with her, chatting along as Kristy announced that it was all
right for Shawn and Trish to be here now because she was done with Jesse for the
him Good Bye and said, “I will see you again tomorrow Jesse. You had a great
start with your arm today.”
told Trish and Shawn Good Bye and walked out.
wheeled up to the bed and grinned at Jesse, “That is your Physical Therapist?”
grinned back at him, “I know right?”
joked, “Dude, my Physical Therapists were not half as hot as that chick. I had
mostly guys telling me how to do stuff.”
smiled, “I am right here you two.”
wheeled over to her and took her hand, “You are going to be the hottest
Physical Therapist and they better not put you in with all them new paras or
laughed, “That would be hard for me.”
pulled her down on his lap, “Actually I don’t even want you to work with guys
like that or guys like Jesse here.”
squealed as he pulled her down, “With guys like that you mean guys like
grinned at her, “Exactly, those guys are trouble.”
hadn’t missed the little comment Trish had made and asked, “Why would that be
hard for you Trish?”
and Shawn both looked over at Jesse somewhat caught off guard with Jesse’s
inquiry and Trish thought about her answer. Shawn held her on his lap and for a
few fleeting moments they both pondered if they should tell Jesse about Trish’s
looked at Trish with dark eyes and then Trish turned to Jesse, “It would be
hard to be there when they first got injured like newly paralyzed.”
leaned his head to the side a bit, “But you do want to be a Physical Therapist,
right? It could very well be that you would work with newly paralyzed guys or
nodded, “Yes, you are right Jesse. It could be and if that is the case I am
going to be perfectly fine with it.”
had a feeling there was more to the story than Trish and Shawn wanted to admit
and he remembered very well the comment Shawn had made in his angry outburst on
the phone. He remembered it very clearly how Shawn had thrown at him that he
could make a move toward Trish again but he doubted very much she would go for
it because she was only “into fucking cripples”.
looked at them both with a serious expression and thought about putting them on
the spot but then decided against it. If there was more to Shawn’s and Trish’s
relationship then it really didn’t matter. They were together and they were
very much in love and he only wanted to see them happy. If there would be a
time he could maybe talk to Shawn about these comments he would maybe do it
then but for right now he didn’t want to disrupt anything.
changed the subject quickly, “Well, I am glad you got your arm back. It is
constantly getting better.”
loosened up and nodded, “Yes, and Kristy is really nice. I am kind of nervous
though to have her be my Physical Therapist.”
don’t know. I am all messed up right now and I don’t want to be too clumsy but
I am worried how it will be with my leg.”
cut in, “It is her job to help you Jesse. You don’t have to worry about your
performance. You are dealing with a severe leg injury and surgery and Kristy
will help you get mobile and get better. You don’t have to be all hunky dory
for her, you are her patient.”
nodded, “I know but I guess it is hard to be like this with an attractive woman
assured him, “You will do great. Don’t worry about it Jesse.”
came every morning from Monday through Friday. She worked with Jesse on his arm
movement and helped him stretch and get strength back in his arm.
did well with the exercises and it didn’t take long when Kristy appearing in
his room every day made his heart beat speed up some and his hands get a bit
summer was turning into fall and the leaves on the trees started turning
colors. Rain was in the forecast leading from August into September.
was two weeks after Jesse’s surgery when Kristy came in one Wednesday morning
and cheerfully started, “Guess what Jesse?”
sat up in his bed and looked at her expectantly, “What?”
have orders for your transfer into our Inpatient Rehab and we can get started
on your leg. You are getting transported over there this afternoon as soon as
they have a room ready for you.”
good as it sounded it also came a bit as a surprise. Jesse knew it wouldn’t be
easy for him and when up until now he had been laying in a bed for over six
weeks now the thought of that changing worried him.
smiled weakly and Kristy came up and sat on is bed, “Are you excited?”
really couldn’t say he was excited.
seemed to sense his emotions and she looked at him with her emerald eyes,
“Jesse, I know you are probably nervous. It is a good thing though. You getting
transferred to Rehab is a big step. You are moving on. You are stable.
Everything is good and now we can tackle your leg. I will help you with that
and I am happy they let me stay with you as your Physical Therapist. We will
spend a lot more time together.”
those words Jesse actually had to laugh lowly. He couldn’t ignore the feelings
he felt when Kristy was around him with her cheerful attitude, not pretending, but just real cheerfulness and obvious joy to be there for him. He
liked her but had no idea about her life outside of her work. He didn’t know
much about her yet but he couldn’t help his hands tremble when she touched him
or moved his arm or watched him closely as he lifted the small dumb bells
getting his arm strong again.
didn’t know how embarrassed he was when the urine flowed through the catheter
into the bag on his bed and she was there witnessing it. She had never
mentioned it, had never even acknowledged it but he hated for her to see it.
How was all this going to be with the therapy for his leg? She would see a lot
more possibly and once again he was reminded of Shawn’s concerns when Trish
came to the house in the beginning and was supposed to be Shawn’s assistant while he was gone.
Now he knew exactly why Shawn had not wanted Trish in the house with him when
he didn’t even know when he had to pee or do something else.
a young man and being so vulnerable in front of an attractive woman or any
woman for a fact was almost against nature. Now he wished that they would have
taken Kristy off his case and maybe assigned him to someone else. He wondered
if he could request another therapist. He was almost certain though they would
ask why he didn’t want Kristy and what would he say then? He didn’t want her
because she was attractive and friendly and good hearted and made his life so
much better at the moment. He didn’t want her because his heart beat sped up
when she walked into the room and his body trembled when she touched him with
her slender and soft hands.
was pulled out of his thoughts when Kristy said softly, “Jesse, did you hear
looked at her quickly and somewhat dazed but answered, “Yes, I heard you.”
touched her hand to his arm, “Jesse, I for one am pretty stoked that we will
keep working together. I hope you feel the same way.”
looked up at her and forced a smile, “Yes, I am happy too. Just be patient with
laughed, “Of course I will be patient with you. We are taking this one step at
a time but I can’t wait to see you get up and start walking. Just think soon
you will be able to go to the bathroom again. We will get you on that toilet
and we will get you into a shower. Just look forward to those things. It will
keep you motivated.”
had to laugh at her words. The very things he was worried about she was excited
when he looked at her and saw her beautiful face with the fair skin and the
light freckles on her nose, her red hair up in a ponytail he told himself that
it was her job to help him and she didn’t think twice about it and he needed to
relax about it all.
he said, “I am very happy you are my Physical Therapist.”
smiled at him warmly, “Good, you got me worried there for a moment.”
patted his hand with hers and added, “You will do great Jesse. I am happy to
work with you.”