Helping a Friend

I have been in the Police force for over 50 years and I am proud and happy to say that I have not had a problem, not even once, with my partner, Ralph. We used to have fun during our night surveillance, early morning doughnuts, and coffee take-outs. I really missed our time with the department. We treat each other as brothers, so we still keep in touch from time to time, even though we are now retired. He also lives here in Suffolk, Virginia so we often bump around each other.

One night at around 11pm, my phone rang and I was worried that it was an emergency call. I picked it up and asked who it was and I was surprised that it was Ralph. He told me that it was not an emergency, but he was indeed on a troubled tone. I told him that I was still up when the phone rang and if he wanted to come over, it was okay. He laughed and told me that he was actually around my neighborhood and was hoping that I was free to talk. I invited him to come over and have a few beers with me like the old times. After a couple of minutes, I heard a car pulling over my driveway and I know that it was Ralphie as his close friends like me, call him.

I rushed to open the door and I saw Ralphie looking like he was in trouble. He lit a cigarette and asked me if it was okay if he smoke a cigarette outside before going in. I said that it was okay and I asked him to wait because I am getting our six-packs outside and we both smiled. He agreed and he said that it was indeed like the old times.

We almost finished six cans and out from nowhere, he asked me what do kidney stones feel like? He caught me off guard and I was really surprised so I just listened to what he had to say. He told me that he has severe pain while urinating with frequent nausea and vomiting. I asked him if he was serious and he nodded. I asked him how long was he experiencing that kind of symptoms and he told me that it has been months. I asked him if he already had himself examined by a doctor and he told me that he has not been near any hospital because he does not have any money. He added that he has red and brown urine and he did not know that to do. I told him to stop it and I am not taking no for an answer. I offered him money for his treatment and he told me that he was not here to ask for money. I told him that he did not ask for it and I just offered. I told him not to worry about paying me back because I was not asking him anything in return. I added that just being a true friend would suffice. He thanked me profusely and we continued reminiscing about our old days in the force.