The Cover Up Novel by Ken David Stewart Part 35


When Drake phoned the psychologist he was told that he had an appointment available at 9:00 AM. He was also told that the appointment would be at the psychologist’s home in Transcona. Apparently, he couldn’t be bothered to drive to his downtown office on a Saturday.
Drake parked his red Ford Tempo in front of the psychologist’s house. He was struck by how modest the house looked. It was a small house painted white with red trim. Some of the paint was already faded and peeling and the grass in the front yard looked like it could use cutting. When Drake tried pushing the doorbell, he found that it didn’t work. Drake decided to try the metal knocker that appeared to have a picture of an elf carved in it. He gave the knocker three quick hits.
The door was opened by a large, burly man. He was tall, overweight and his head looked like it still hadn’t seen a brush or comb that morning.
“You must be Drake. Hi, I’m Dr. Harvey Stein. You can just call me Harvey or Harv, whichever you prefer. Sorry, I almost forgot our appointment this morning. I usually don’t see clients on Saturdays but your doctor told me that you were quite anxious and that I should see you as soon as possible.”
“Thanks, Dr. Stein. I really appreciate it,” said Drake.
“Let’s go downstairs to my study, Drake. The chairs are very comfortable down there and there’s a coffee pot there too. Do you like coffee?”
“Yes, very much. Probably too much.”
“Same with me.”
When they entered Dr. Stein’s office Drake was struck by the clutter. There were books, magazines and file folders scattered everywhere he looked. He also saw a stereo system in a corner surrounded by two piles of LPs. He could see albums by Bob Dylan and The Sex Pistols.
Gee, this doctor is cool. I hope he knows what he’s doing, thought Drake.
“So you’re a teacher from what your doctor told me,” said Dr. Stein getting up to make the coffee.
“Yes, that’s correct. Or at least I used to be,” Drake answered.
“What do you mean by ‘used to be’?
“Well, my doctor thinks that it’s time I started looking at other career options.
In fact, my wife agrees with him.”
“What do you think Drake? What do you want to do?”
“I’m not sure Dr. Stein. I don’t think I have the health and stamina to return to full time teaching,” said Drake.

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