The Bridge Motel
The Bridge Motel is a Companion Novella to The Pennie Irvine Series. Here, Steve tells his story of what happened after Pennie Irvine left him in a coma in the Dubbo Hospital.
My name is Steve Rogers and I’ve been homeless for as long as I can remember. Saying, ‘as long as I can remember’ is really the same as saying ‘forever’ because my mind is worse than a leaky sieve, especially when it comes to stuff that happened when I was young. I just can’t remember anything about being a kid, although I’m a bit better with recent events.
Charlie and Madge are two of the people I sometimes hang out with at our ‘bridge motel’. “Somewhere, sometime, something must have happened to you, Steve,” Charlie used to joke. “Maybe, you were dropped on your head when you were born,” he’d cackle. “I’ll bet you were so slippery when you came out, the nurse just couldn’t get a hold of you!”
“You’re a laugh a minute, Charlie,” I’d say. After all, he did repeat that line almost every day. “Why do you keep saying that, mate? Every day, it’s the same line.”
“I thought I had to tell you every day, Steve,” he’d say, “on account of, you can’t remember anything...