Continuation of Jo's life after she contracted Tuberculosis.
Ste Therese's House Characters:
Daisy Venables, Jack Maynard, Jem Russell, Jo (Bettany) Maynard, Madge (Bettany) Russell, Robin Humphries
Alternate Universe, Domestic, Family, War
Jo's Biggest Challenge
29 Aug 2011 Updated:
12 Oct 2011
Chapter 9 by Vick
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Apologies in advance for this section being so poor. I'm not happy with it at all, but every time I tried to rewrite it, the worse it became, so I had to give up and just hope it works.
Jack and Jo spent the next week quietly. Jack had spoken at length to Jem and they had agreed that he needed to spend the time with Jo, to make sure she was back on an even keel. Jack had kept her quiet, and he was glad to see her gradually improve once more. She had spoken to her sister once or twice and was feeling much better. Jem had passed on the good news that Robin was improving as well and that she would be discharged in the next couple of days.
Jem had debated whether he should allow Robin to go back to Jo’s home when she was finally allowed to leave. He was unsure if Jo would be able to cope with looking after her. Jack had persuaded him that giving Jo something to do would be the best thing for her. If Robin were to go to the Round House, Jo would think that he didn’t trust her. Jem had reluctantly agreed after Jack had pointed out that he would be at home when he wasn’t working.
Jack’s first day back was a night shift and he was bringing Robin home with him when he finished the next morning. He had left an excited Jo behind as he set off for work. Jo made sure Robin’s room was ready and busied herself with tidying in an attempt to keep her mind occupied. She went to bed at her normal time, but it took her a long time to calm down enough to be able to sleep.
The next morning Jo woke early. Looking at the bedside clock, she saw it was barely six o’clock. Groaning, she rolled over, hoping to fall back to sleep for a little longer. It wasn’t to be. She climbed out of bed and went downstairs to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. Taking it back to bed, she snuggled down with her book to read for a while. The weather was chilly, now that autumn was well and truly here, and she was glad to be back between the sheets, where it was warm.
Once she had finally risen and dressed, she made her way to the lounge and made the fire up. In the kitchen, she quickly ate her breakfast before going back to the warmth of the lounge. An hour later, she heard the noise of a car pulling up outside and went to the door to welcome Robin home. Robin was a lot thinner and still looked very pale, but she was glad to see Jo and they hugged each other happily. Jack followed them inside closing the door behind him. Jo led Robin into the lounge where it was warm and cosy, making her sit down in the chair nearest the fire.
“Oh, it’s nice to be home, again,” Robin said, happily.
“It’s wonderful to have you back, Robin. I’ll go and make us some tea, I’m sure we could all do with a cup.” Jo started for the door, but Jack stopped her.
“I’ll make it Jo. You stay in the warmth with Robin.” He disappeared before Jo could argue and went into the kitchen to put the kettle on and make himself a sandwich.
“How are you?” Jo asked, concern showing clearly in her eyes as she perched on the chair arm.
“I’m much better, thank you.”
“That’s good to hear. I’m so glad you’re home.” Jo’s voice was full of love for her adopted sister.
“I’m glad to be back. I missed you dreadfully, though I knew you wouldn’t be allowed anywhere near me. You don’t look as well as you did that last weekend we were here, though, Jo.” Robin laid her hand on Jo’s arm.
“I’m all right. It was you I was concerned for, especially when Jem told me he’d taken you to the Sanatorium.”
“It was just a precaution, to make sure I didn’t come down with anything worse.”
“I know, but I couldn’t help worrying about you, it’s so rare you’re ill.”
“I’m much better, now, though, and I’m to stay here until I’m well enough to go back to school.”
“Good.” Jo smiled, just as Jack came back in with a tray. She poured them each a cup and the chatter turned to other things. Jack stayed for a quick drink before making his excuses and heading off to bed.
Robin began to thrive now she was back in the comfort of Jo’s home. The quiet atmosphere helped her to recover much better that she would have done if she had gone straight back to school. Having Robin home also helped Jo and the two of them enjoyed the chance to be together again. When Daisy came home for the weekend, she was overjoyed to see everyone. They had a riotous weekend, though Jack managed to curb some of the wilder ideas Daisy had. All three of them were glad of a little peace and quiet when she went back to school on Sunday afternoon.
Two weeks later, Jack decreed that Robin was well enough to return to school though she was under strict instructions to take things slowly and if she felt tired to go to Matron immediately. He took her back on the Sunday afternoon, along with Daisy who had been home for the weekend again.
Jo felt lonely again. Jack was working long hours at the Sanatorium as they were still short-staffed and she only saw him for short periods between sleeping and working. Her sister began her weekly visits once more, so she had some company, and she resumed her routine of writing each morning and walking in the afternoon if the weather was fine. Things began to return to normal once more
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