Authors: Clare Revell
Tags: #christian Fiction
Violets in February
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales, is entirely coincidental.
Violets in February
COPYRIGHT 2015 by Clare Revell
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All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version
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Cover Art by Nicola Martinez
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First White Rose Edition, 2016
Electronic Edition ISBN 978-1-61116-478-7
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For Teddy Matinde, with grateful thanks for the Swahili translations.
What People are Saying
To say I was hooked with this book would be an understatement. You get pulled in right away with Farmer Field and his belief that he could do things without God. I couldn't put the book down in spite of the heavy demon content. The power of prayer is clear throughout. Right from the beginning it moves you to root for the safety of all the characters. ~ Janny (Amazon)
Aussie Christmas Angel
Do you like to visit new places? Do you like Christmas themed stories? Do you enjoy a sweet romance? Then you might want to check out this tale, based on a condensed version of a true story as explained in the author's note at the end of the book. The major take-home value of this short story is a great one! God can use anything and all circumstances to bring about His purposes. ~JoAnn Carter
Glossary of Australian Slang
Ace â excellent
Ant's pants â the bee's knees, think highly of yourself
Aussie â Australian
Av-a-go-yer-mug â traditional rallying cry usually at cricket matches
Back of Bourke â a very long way away
Bail out â depart angrily
Beaut â great, fantastic
Belt up â shut up
Billy â tin container used to boil water in the bush
Block â do your block, get angry
Bloke â man
Bludger â lazy person
Bogged â stuck in mud or deep sand
Bonzer â great, ripper
Bowl of rice, not my â not my cup of tea, I don't like it
Brekkie - breakfast
Bulldust â rubbish
Bung on â put on
Cheers mate - thanks
Crook â sick
Cuppa â cup of tea
Cut lunch â sandwiches
Digger â a soldier
Dill â an idiot
Don't come the raw prawn â don't try and fool me
Drongo â an idiot or fool
Dunny â outside loo
Earbash â nagging, nonstop chatter
Flick â get rid of something
Galah â foolish, silly person after the bird of the same name
G'day mate â hello, traditional Aussie greeting
Hang on a tick â wait a minute
How ya going â how are you doing?
Kangaroos loose in the top paddock â crazy
Klick - kilometer
Knickers - underwear
Mongrel â despicable person
No worries â you're welcome
Oldies â parents
Pom, Pommie, Pommy â English person
Rack off â get lost
Ratbag â mild insult, friendly term of abuse
Sacked â fired from work
Sanger â sandwich
Session â long period of heavy drinking
Sheila â woman, female
She'll be apples â everything is going to be OK
Shonky â unreliable, suspect
Shoot through â leave in a hurry
Spit the dummy â get very upset, throw a hissy fit
Strewth â darn it, for crying out loud
Strine â conversation with a lot of Aussie slang
Tracks â make tracks, go home
Tucker â food
Useful as an ashtray on a motorbike â unhelpful or incompetent person
Ute â utility vehicle, pick-up truck
Wag â skip school or work
Whinge â complain
Whoop whoop â the middle of nowhere
Wobbly â temper tantrum, throw a hissy fit
Wowser â spoilsport, old fashioned
Zonked â really tired.
Carnations in January shake the foundations
Violets in February are an aid to salvation
Daffodils in March bring betrayal and loss
Sweet peas in April consume all the dross
Lily of the Valley in May brings danger untold
Roses in June show hope in a heart filled with gold
Water lilies in July a town will submerge
Gladioli in August love from the ash will emerge
Forget-me-nots in September are on the front line of fear
Marigolds in October will test her career
Chrysanthemums in November show the burden of choice
Holly in December lets a broken family rejoice
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
Sunshine poured through the open window of the small medical facility in the center of the mission compound deep in the jungle. The ceiling fan whirred overhead, not providing much relief from the heat or oppressive humidity of the day. The walk-in clinic was, as always, packed with everything from sick children to knife wounds to animal bites. Word had spread about the medical health center with its free medicine, and people would walk for days to reach it.
Dr. Lucy Boyd ignored the sweat trickling down her neck and scrubs sticking to her back, as she examined the tiny baby. She raised her gaze, meeting the worried mother's eyes with a smile. “It's not cholera,” she said in the woman's native tongue, Swahili. “See here?” She pointed to a small mark on the baby's arm. “He's been bitten. I have medicine to help. He will be fine.”
Relief crossed the woman's face, color returning to her dark cheeks. “Thank you, daktari.”
Lucy smiled. She'd been in the mission field here in the Congo for two years now. Despite being the only doctor for the last six months, she loved it. This was far more varied than anything she'd seen as an ED doctor back home. Most importantly this was where God wanted her and where she could serve Him the best. If they tried sending her home, she'd refuse.
She dreaded her upcoming furlough later this year. Maybe she could defer it again. There was nothing and no one in England she particularly wanted to see. Here she'd be of some use.
Just as the last patient for the morning left, the all too familiar roaring engine of the supply truck filled the compound, accompanied by the usual heavy metal music blasting at full volume. She sighed. It could only be one person.
Jed Gorman. The most irritating and intimidating heathen man the Good Lord had seen fit to put on the face of the planet.
He was the type of man she'd avoid like the plague given half the chance. And she definitely wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley. The only blessing was the fact she merely had to see him for a few minutes every two weeks when he brought the supplies. And even better, she was never alone with him. Just the thought of that turned her stomach in dread.
She peeked through the window as the usual gaggle of children surrounded the truck, laughing and calling.
The driver turned off the engine, opened the door and unfolded his tall frame from the truck. His long dust-filled brown hair needed washing, never mind cutting, and his white shirt and khaki trousers, which had seen better days, could do with the same treatment. The sun glinted off the metal stud in his left ear, and his beard looked even more unkempt than it had two weeks ago.
“G'day! How ya going?” His familiar, over cheery greeting made her shudder.
“Angels and ministers of grace defend us,” she whispered as she shook her head.
He handed out sweets to the waiting kids. He'd be better off giving them toothpaste. She tugged the top of her scrubs down, praying he'd remembered the vaccines this time. And the other things she needed.
The kids scattered, and as Tim Lawrence, mission director, made his way across the dusty compound to the truck, Lucy turned away from the window. She headed back to the exam table to start clearing up.
The less time she spent in Jed Gorman's presence, or thinking about him, the better. Picking up a cloth, she began to wipe down the surfaces with antibacterial spray. She liked to keep her surgery spotlessâfar safer for all concerned, that way.
Heavy booted footsteps clomped up the wooden steps outside and across the verandah. The door swung open, and he crossed the room, no doubt bringing in dust and sand to cover her newly swept floor. She could smell him from here. The intoxicating mix of pine and woods and mint that almost conflicted with the tough guy image Jed Gorman held out around him like a shield.
“Dr. Boyd.” His Australian accent rang through the clinic. “What's a good looking sheila like you doing in back o'Bourke hole like this?”
“Working, Mr. Gorman. The same thing that you are.” Her answer, just like his greeting, never changed. She turned and ran her gaze over him. His sleeves were rolled up to just above his elbows, exposing well-tanned, muscular arms wrapped around a crate. There was something about the man's arms and the way the long vein from elbow to wrist stood out, that set her heart pounding.
But enough of that. Her mind shouldn't go in such directions. Besides, Jed Gorman didn't count as a man or eye candy or anything other than a menace.
He grinned at her. “Where do you want me?”
Lucy jerked her head at a surface she hadn't scrubbed down yet. “Over there. Did you bring the vaccines this time?”
Jed hefted the wooden crate onto the counter and brushed his hands on his trousers, sending a further shower of sand everywhere. “I sure did. Along with every other item on your list. Oh, and a personal package as well.”
Lucy smiled and pulled out the brown parcel. She ripped the paper, exposing the packaged gift wrapped in pink paper and well-padded to protect it. She opened it, ripples of pleasure making her smile widen. Dried violets, pressed into a glass frame. Along with a birthday card. She'd have to hide that or everyone would know.
“So, who's sending ya flowers? Boyfriend?”
She slid the card into her scrubs pocket. “My mother. I love violets, but they don't travel well.” She set the frame down and continued to unpack the box.
Jed leaned against the doorframe, his eyes following her every move. “Don't you get bored out here, Dr. Boyd?”
She glanced up at him. “I don't have time to get bored. There's always plenty to do.”
“Makes sense.” His eyes glinted wickedly, and he ran his tongue over his lips. “I mean, with you being the only woman in a camp full of men.”
She scowled. “That is not what I meant. There are far too many sick people who need my help.”
His grin turned into a smirk, and he shot her a comment that had her reeling back a step or two, wondering if she actually heard him correctly.
“I should slap you for even suggesting that,” she managed.
He roared with laughter. “Like it rough then, darl'?” He turned on his heel and clomped back across the verandah to his truck.
Lucy waited until he was out of earshot before shutting the clinic doorâfirmly. She screamed with frustration. How could he do that to her, every single time?