Between Two Worlds by Stephen Rabley

Between Two Worlds by Stephen Rabley

It is a short and simple story about kind and professional people who live in Australia. Australia is a huge land. There is a plenty of places that are difficult to get to. When somebody needs help in those places, the doctors use the planes. These doctors are called Flying Doctors. Bob Mills is one of them. Joanna Jimbuku is a nurse. She works together with Bob Mills. Once they got a call from Woomara – homeland of Joanna. An eighteen-month girl was very ill. Five minutes later the doctor and his nurse were flying to Woomara – a very small place between the trees and a river. After the examination Flying Doctor had to take the baby to Sydney. The little patient had serious problems with her heart. But her mother couldn’t go with the child. She had to look after six children. The kind nurse Joanna left her job for two weeks to take care of the sick baby in Sydney. Will the girl be able to recover?

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Between Two Worlds by Stephen Rabley

Joanna Jimbuku is a nurse. She lives and works in north Australia. Her boss is Bob Mills – a Flying Doctor. He and Joanna go everywhere in The Bluebird, Bob’s plane. One morning in August, Joanna answers the phone. “Hello,” she says. “Doctor Mills’ office.” Then… “A baby? Yes, I see. And you’re in Woomara. OK – we can be there in half an hour.”

Next morning at breakfast Paul says, “Joanna, you can stay here at home today. After all, Mary’s OK now.”

“No, thanks,” says Joanna, “… I want to be with her.” At the hospital, Paul sees Sister Clark. “One of my girls is leaving next week and we need someone new,” she says. “What about Joanna Jimbuku? She’s a very good nurse. Do you think she wants a job here?”

“Me?!” says Joanna that evening. She looks at Paul.

Between Two Worlds by Stephen Rabley

“Why not?” he says. “After all, Sister Clark’s right… you’re a very good nurse.” Joanna is quiet.

“Don’t say anything now,” Paul tells her. “Just think about it. That’s all I’m asking.” He walks away, then turns. “But not for too long, OK?”

The next day is Saturday. Joanna goes to the hospital and sees Mary. “Hello, little one,” she says. “You’re going home on Monday.” Then she thinks, “Or are we going home?”

Two hours later, Fran and Polly meet Joanna for lunch. “Oh Joanna, you are going to stay in Sydney, aren’t you?” says Polly.

“I don’t know,” says Joanna.

Later in the afternoon Joanna goes for a long walk. The weather is hot. She watches the people in the streets. She looks at all the shops, cinemas, museums and theatres, too.

“Sydney’s great,” she thinks. “It’s very beautiful, and there’s a lot to see and do. But do I really want to live here – that’s the question.”

Across the street there is a shop window. Joanna turns and looks in it. She can see a big painting of some red hills. “Wait a minute,” she thinks. “I know that place. It’s near Woomara.”

Ten minutes later a man comes out of the shop. “Are you ok?” he asks.

Joanna smiles. Her eyes are wet. “Yes,” she says. “I’m fine. Really – I’m fine.”…

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