Jenny Walker

No Half Measures - Seventh Movement

NO HALF MEASURES

By Jenny Walker
© 2003

PART 7

Author's note: I can’t believe that so many of you have stuck with me on this story which has gone on for so many pages! Thank you to all of you and especially those of you who have kindly taken the time to leave comments. Thanks and credit are due to the wonderful Hebe Dotson and Anne Baker who tirelessly correct my mistakes and improve my writing – I could not have done it without you two special ladies – any errors that remain, are mine.

CHAPTER 43

I was speechless as Simon walked around me. Simon? It was Simon? How? Why? The questions flooded my mind.

No Half Measures - Sixth Movement

NO HALF MEASURES

By Jenny Walker
© 2003

PART 6

Author's note: Many thanks to all the readers who have persisted with this tale of mine. This is the penultimate instalment. Thanks and credit are due to the wonderful Hebe Dotson and Anne Baker who tirelessly correct my mistakes and improve my writing – any errors that remain, are mine.

CHAPTER 31

The mind is a mysterious thing; the control it can have over the physical body is quite remarkable. There may be nothing wrong with you physically, yet, due to what is going on in your mind, your body can be as sick as it would be if you had a significant illness, if not sicker. After my conversation with Keith Wilkinson, it was as if my mind had decided to shut down for the rest of the day. I can barely remember what I did. It certainly was nothing of any great consequence, however, the next day, after a less than restful night's sleep, my mind was swinging into full gear. Along with it came a nauseating feeling that was so bad that by lunchtime (not that I was eating) I actually vomited. Whether it was fear, panic or anxiety, I was not sure.

No Half Measures - Fifth Movement

NO HALF MEASURES

By Jenny Walker
© 2003

PART 5

Author's note: This is a shorter instalment than previous ones. I feel that it leaves the reader in a nice position… apologies in advance! However, the next four chapters are almost complete and I will submit them after a suitable period of time. Thanks and credit are due to the wonderful Hebe Dotson and Anne Baker who tirelessly correct my mistakes and improve my writing – any errors that remain, are mine.

CHAPTER 29

I had vague memories of strange dreams. Noise, bright lights, shimmering bodies before me and indistinct faces peering down at me. When the world finally came into focus, I saw the interior of a hospital room. The next sight I saw made my heart leap within me.

No Half Measures - Fourth Movement

NO HALF MEASURES
Fourth Movement

© Jenny Walker 2003

Author’s note: If you have not read the first three instalments of this story, please do not read this as it will make little sense to you. If you can take the time to read the earlier chapters, I hope you will find the time invested to be worth it. Thank you to everyone who has given me such helpful feedback. Further comments and suggestions are most welcome. Thanks especially to Hebe Dotson who is ruthless at weeding out hidden typos and making wonderful suggestions to help me to better this story.

CHAPTER 25

No Half Measures - Third Movement

No Half Measures

by Jenny Walker

Third Movement

(c) 2003. Authors note: Here is the next instalment of Cara's saga. Please, please, please don't read this if you haven't read the first two parts. Sorry that all the parts are so long, but if you take time to read them, I hope you will enjoy this tender and gentle story. If you have read the first two parts, you may want to reread them or at least read the last bit of part 2 as this kicks off straight where you were left hanging. Thanks. All comments and feedback are most welcome.

No Half Measures - Second Movement

No Half Measures

by Jenny Walker

Second Movement

CHAPTER 9

I stood there for a moment not knowing what to say. Eventually I found my voice and spoke softly, "Yes Claire, it's me."

She looked puzzled, amazed, disconcerted, incredulous and various combinations of the above. "But what...? I mean you look... you sound... What's going on?"

No Half Measures

No Half Measures

by Jenny Walker

First Movement

CHAPTER 1


I began to belt it out as my fingers hammered the keyboard's keys,

"So take a good look at me now.....
I'll still be standing here.....
and you coming back to me is against all odds.....
and that's a chance I'll have to take....
so take a look at me now."

The final chords faded and I looked up, smiled and into the microphone said, "Thank you, have a good night folks." As the usual crescendo of applause hit my ears I felt that buzz, that indefinable rush that I always got with performing. Perhaps some people got used to it, but I doubted I ever would. I hoped I wouldn't. I looked around the club and through the smoky haze saw folks chatting, ordering a last drink or getting ready to go. I leaned back in my chair and after a few slow breaths, found the energy to rise and steeled myself for the hated task of packing up my equipment.