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once i had nothing now i have everything

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Thusday 20th january 1999,was just like any other thursday,marcus had received his weekly giro cheque as usual,he got it signed it and said to his long suffering wife,bernie don't worry darlin' i will in it back as usual,with that their left their tiny damp,cold flat knowing full well that he would end pawning bernies jewellery as usual.
Serena ,her neighbour always suffered the same fate as bernie,that is how they became friends,because of their husbands love of drinking and gambling,they always kept at least 10.00 from their husbands so at least once a weekly they
had a treat,,just a cup of coffee or tea and a bloody good natter about events happening on the estate.
Both women had asked for a transfer from the very rough estate they lived on,but then again not many nights passed without there being a police van or police presence on the rough estate on which they lived with their drunkard or gambling husbands.
Serena and bernie always enjoyed their 'little break' from their husbands as they both enjoyed each other's company they may not have had much money between them but it was a break from the normal routine.
The normal rountine consisted of
05.30am a quick finger fumble so bernie had to lie their and make believe she was enjoying it
05.40 a quick fuck and then their morning shag time was over,bernie being bernie as usual thanked her husband for 'making sure she had been taken care of sexually wise' but he still moaned his breakfast was not ready, well what do you expect she asked fuck me while i cook your breakfast she asked sarcastically, he just looked at her. food i need it now you understand do you she gave him his food.
Once he had eaten his breakfast he washed and changed his clothes, right i will be out until saturday morning,see you then,and just where the hell will you be just in case for some stupid reason i need to contact you, we will be at the casino as usual what, shagging all the staff as usual came bernie's short reply, well lets face it love , they give a much better fuck than you, with that she told him to go to hell.
less than an hour later, bernie and serena were having coffee in a cafe in holby high street bernie got her purse out again, let's have another coffee,she said ok/
Once bernie had paid for the drinks they both started talkingabout what they would ever do if thet won the lottery,

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Once the 2 women had finished their drinks, they gathered their bags and made their way back to the multi story blocks of flats.
They both sighed, what I would give to get out of this hovel serena said, me as well Bernie commented, I would love a nice bungalow serena commented, that sounds nice, Bernie commented.Nice front lawn, car in the drive, house filled with the laughter of children serena had always wanted a family but her husband made sure it never happened, everytime they made love he always wore protection so serena would never have her dream family.
When they got of the lift and made their way back to their flats, there were 2 police officers standing outside bernies flat, she approached them, and asked what were they doing at her property, 'are you mrs Berenice wolfe dunn, she was asked' yes , while trying to open her front door, she called everyone inside the flat. the young police officer asked if she knew where her neighbour Mrs Serena Campbell was as they need to speak with her as well, she is here pointing to her neighbour who had made everyone a cup of tea.
The older police officer asked if Mr. Marcus Dunn was bernies husband yes he is why. The older police asked serena the same question she replied.
He said well I have some bad news for you both, 'there was a fight outside the casino where your husband's were and the fight spilled out on to the street and I am sorry to inform you that both were hit and as they fell they they hit their heads and unfortunately the never regained consciousness.

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The police officers took the 2 ladies to identify both husbands, one they had identified them they were taken to the relatives room, where, both women were given their husbands belongings.
The police officers drove them both back home and asked if they would be ok, and that they would be notified as to when the bodies would be released so the funeral arrangements could start to be made.
Once back home neither woman showed any emotion, no tears at the fact that they had both been widowed both no had one to care for except themselves. Bernie made them both a cup of coffee,bernie asked what was serena going to do, well I have no idea was her reponse, what about you serena asked Bernie same as you you no idea.
Serena went back to her flat,not knowing what to do,she sat on the settee,and started to go through her late husbands belongings, she checked his wallet, nothing unusual in there couple of membership cards to casinos,betting slips from the local betting shop,football bets, Marcus would bet on anything and everything.
Bernie was going through her husbands belonging, checked his wallet, it was basically the same as Marcus's just a couple of membership cards for casino's betting slips,and about 30.00 in money,and some loose change.
She went and knocked on serena's front door ,she opened the door and serena called her in, she made them both a drink and they sat talking about how they went forward, without their husband's, both women knew that deep down that they could now start to be themselves without anyone being derogatory to them, no one to moan that everything was not right
never having the fine things in life, well Bernie always told her husband we could have the finer things in life if you didn't drink or keep on gambling the money away,whenever she told him that he would storm out of the flat, and go and get drunk and end up in bed with the barmaid from the local pub.
Bernie asked her neighbour if she had any money, she replied no he had gambled or drunk it away,well if you need anything let me know as I found some money in eddie's wallet, ok she said,with that Bernie announced that she was just popping to the local shop, to get a few bits and pieces,bernie grabbed Serena's coat, come on lets have a slow walk to shop.
When they got to the shop the owner extended his condolences to both women, how do you know about what has happened, it is in the paper, serena grabbed a newspaper and began to read just what had been put in the paper about their husbands sudden demise.
Bernie bought 2 newspapers and whatever else she needed, the shopkeeper asked if their was anything else,she looked at the lottery terminal,on the screen it said that the next euromillions draw is worth 60,000,000 million superdraw how much is a ticket for this draw she asked 2.50 he replied ok I will have one please,with her shopping complete, the 2 ladies walked home how about I make you something to eat sweetheart, Bernie asked that would be nice darling, was Serena's answer, you do understand now that no one can stop us being together my love Bernie told her.
I have waited for this day so long Bernie,me as well was bernies reply,when they got back to bernies flat, serena placed her hands on her lover's face and kissed her with such passion.I have waited to do this for so long darling, me too was bernies reply.

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Bernie and serena had been secret lovers for the last 2 years,seeing each other when their husbands were out drinking or in a casino, but they were always discreet,about how they were seen together, looking at each other.
There were times when they thought that maybe their husbands had an inkling that maybe something was going on, but they always laughed it away as a joke, but deep down they could not wait to be a proper couple, do what couples do, be seen out in public holding hands, kissing, serena holding on to bernies arm.
Bernie asked serena if she would like to stop the night with Bernie,serena accepted the offer gladly,knowing that now she could show Bernie just how much she really loved her,how much she wanted her,bernie could also show serena just how much she meant to her,after all she had been in a marriage to someone who thought more of drinking and gambling.,bernie was anxious to please her show her how much she really wanted their relationship to work.
Serena also was anxious to show Bernie how much she craved to be loved by someone who actually noticed when she bought something new [which was a rareity as her husband squandered his dole check] comment when she had a haircut, not someone who was more intrested what horse had just won the last race at whatever race course, she craved love and affection, which Bernie had in abundance for serena.
On the Friday both women had to inform the council and the dwp that their husbands had passed away, with all that sorted they got back home and serena made them some lunch and then they talked about what they both wanted, to which serena asked Bernie if she would like them to live together as a couple,she did not expect serena to ask such a question like that so quickly,after all they had just lost their husbands, what would people think of them she asked serena.
Bernie for goodness sake I love you she replied, and Bernie told her that she loved her, well what is stopping us from living together then?
Well nothing really apart from the fact we have lost our husbands and people might start to suspect that something has been going on whilst they were alive, serena said ok then we can wait a little longer if that is what you want,after all we have waited this long my love what's another couple of months with that Bernie put her hands on Serena's face and gave her a long lingering kiss.

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Serena took Bernie by the hand and led her to the bedroom, where they were soon undressing each other very quickly, before much longer they were wrapped around each other kissing each other serena moved her hand down and started to rub Bernie's wet clit,and Bernie started to rub Serena's wet pussy, with out any encouragement,bernie got her lover on her back,opened her legs and started to lick her pussy.
Serena was moaning with pleasure, no one had ever made her cum like Bernie was about to, her tongue working its magic on her clit Bernie put3 fingers inside her and started to gently push them in and out of her pussy, faster please, serena begged so Bernie obliged with her lovers request,by going faster and faster, she knew she was so bloody close to cumming she let out a loud moan, and she had cum over bernies hand.
When their marathon sex session wasfinished,they lay in bed Bernie's arm wrapped around Serena's shoulder, I cannot believe that you are so good in bed my darling Bernie, well I hope you enjoyed it she asked with a grin on her face,sweetheart that was brilliant,you made me feel so special, not like him he just got on top did the deed on thought that he had done me a great service,basically it was whip it in, whip it out and wipe it that was his idea of sex, Bernie said that's what he was like as well, and he always thought that he was some sort of super stud, with that comment, both women just burst out laughing.
They both fell asleep, Bernie was the first one to wake up, as she gazed at the woman who has been her lover for the past 2 years had just made love to her Bernie could not believe that at long last they could 'come out' as a couple and she thought to hell with what anyone else thinks,i am with the woman I love,why shouldn't we show our love to the world everyone else does,she leaned over to kiss her neck and shoulders while serena slept soundly,or so she thought, serena turned over, good afternoon my love she said, hi gorgeous was Bernie's reply,.bernie could not keep her eyes of Serena's large chest, do you like what you see? serena asked her with that Bernie began to massage her heaving chest which serena totally enjoyed. While Bernie was playing with her tits serena put 3 fingers inside Bernie's dripping wet pussy and worked her pussy until she knew Bernie was close to cumming, once bernie had come serena began to lick her pussy and began to lick all the cum from her pussy.

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Both women lay in bed their bodies entwined with each other,bernie gazing lovingly at serena who had fallen asleep,and thinking how much she was going to start enjoying life,with the woman of her dreams,regardless of what people thought
She started to kiss her on the neck working her way up to her lips,serena awoke from her sleep, hi sweetheart Bernie said ,hi beautiful was Serena's reply,they both got out of bed and got their dressing gowns on and went into the living room,bernie went and made them both a cup of coffee, and they sat and chatted about their future together,they talked about moving somewhere else where they could start their new life,without any one casting aspertions as to how long their relationship had been going on for.
Bernie wrapped her arms around her girlfriend, and asked what she wanted for them in their new life together,i just want us to be happy my love,no matter where we are living,what we are doing with our lives just as long as we are together,whether, it be in a house,a flat or a bloody caravan,as long as we are together I do not mind darling.
With that Bernie began kissing her with such passion,you would have thought kissing was going out of fashion.
They sat and watched t.v for a couple of hours, and went back to bed at about 23.30pm and they both fell asleep straight away.
Serena woke at about 07.15am on the Saturday morning to find that Bernie was already sitting in the living room,her face was ashen,and she was shaking, serena sat next to her and asked what was wrong,she turned her head to serena and asked her to double check the euromillion Friday evening draw and asked her to tell her what the numbers are serena asked why?.
Serena said the numbers are; 13,19 25,38,44 and the 2 star numbers are 7 and 11.
Bernie asked her to repeat the numbers so serena repeated the numbers back to her;13, 19,25,38,44, and 7 and 11 for the star numbers,again serena asked what was wrong,please check the ticket she pleaded with her, serena checked the ticket,and re-checked it,serena looks at her,bernie you need to phone Camelot about this,with that Bernie phones the lottery operator, gives the woman on the other end of the line the serial numbers, and where she had purchased the ticket from,bernie gave her all the information she had wanted, and she told Bernie that she would receive a phone call within the hour about her claim.
That next hour went so slow, then at 10.45am,bernie got the news that would completely change her and Serena's life for ever.

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Bernie ended the call, and just fell back on the settee,and looked at serena, darling we have done it,we have won the lottery she squealed with excitement,serena looked at her almost in tears,bernie wiped her tears away with her fingers,darling what is wrong she asked, well with all that money, you can have the pick of any woman you want now can't you,serena told her,but why would I want anyone else when we have got each other my darling Bernie asked her.
Well look at me, I am hardly a stunner am I serena told her,to which Bernie replied, I do not want anyone else I want you no one else,do you understand serena she asked.
Bernie held her hands, serena,my love,i will do anything for you,i have waited long enough for us to be a proper couple,and now we can do just that,we can move somewhere else and make a fresh start,for both of us,we can have the lifestyle that we have both always dreamed of, a nice house, or bungalow, tastefully decorated to how we want,a nice car on the drive, nice holidays anywhere in the world,and that is the lifestyle choice that I want us to share,us making decsions on what we and we alone want to feature in our new life together.
With what Bernie had just told her she asked Bernie if she really meant every word of what she had just said, serena sweetheart, I want you and no one else,with that, both women wrapped their arms around each other and cried uncontrollably knowing that once their husbands funerals had taken place they were free to be themselves,and begin enjoying a new life where that may be.
Just over a week after their husband's deaths both bodies were released back to the 2 women to arrange the funerals,they began to make the arrangements not that there would be many people at either funerals.
Serena's late husband took place on the 10th of February, there was only serena ,Bernie and a handful of their drinking buddies, his funeral service began at 10.30 am and it was concluded by 11.00am.
Bernie's late husband's funeral took place on the 11th February again there was only Bernie and serena and a handful of his drinking buddies present, his service began at 12.00pm and that too was concluded by 12.30pm.
Both women made their way back to the multi storey block of flats that they would soon be saying goodbye to, and hello to a new life in the district of holby.

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The 2 women made their way back to their flats where they had packed up all the furniture in both flats, and they went into bernies flat she made them both a cup of tea, Bernie wrapped her arm around serena and asked if she was ok with everything that was about to start happening to both of them, yes my love I cannot wait for you and me to be a couple at last.
Bernie asked if she was ready to start looking for properties in and around the holby city area, serena nodded yes, lets get out of here and start to make our new lives wherever that may be just as long as I have you and you have me I will be fine sweetheart.
About 2 hours later they went to the estate agents and got details of several properties in and about holby city,they had information about houses and a couple of bungalows,
they took the information back to bernies flat and sat and talked about which one the both liked,they both went for the same 4 bedroomed house.They booked an appointment to have a viewing on the Friday at 11.00am.
they began to choose all the furnishings what they both liked and they both started to pick out new bathrooms and kitchens,and all the extras that they would need.
For once in both their lives they did not have to worry about how nuch anything cost, whatever they needed, serena would always ask if whatever she had picked out if Bernie thought it was too expensive, to which Bernie would always tell her if you like it have sweetheart.
On the Friday, the went for the viewing, 4 bedrooms, kitchen,living room.dining room, utility room,bathroom large hallway,2 of the bed rooms were en-suite they also had a large back garden, which they both thought would be ideal for having flower beds as they both enjoyed gardening, well they both had a window box at the flats, but both of their husbands thought were stupid to plant any sort of flower, so they were both determined to have some sort of a garden,
They would have the drive re done as it had seen better days,and if they were both going to learn to drive then they wanted something looked the part were they could park the cars.
They wanted all the electrics checked out and wanted a complete overhaul of the entire property, they both decided that they wanted the property,so they left an offer on the house.
When they got back to bernies flat, she started to be sick,serena went to the chemist to get something to help combat her sickness,but the chemist advised serena to get Bernie to the doctors as there was a stomach bug going around the estate, serena told Bernie what the chemist had advised,but Bernie told serena that she thought it may not be the stomach bug that was doing the rounds on the estate..........

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Bernie and serena sat and asked each other how they would feel if Bernie might be pregnant,Serena told her it would not change her feelings towards Bernie, pregnant or not she would support Bernie no matter what.
Bernie asked her if she meant what she had just said, I mean every word darling,but would you let me be a part of the child's life,if you are pregnant? serena asked her,well you are my partner, why would you not be a part of our child's life,serena, that part of me when I was with 'him' he never gave me the chance to have a baby, just like eddie he always wore protection, to make sure I never got pregnant,however he made a mistake one night,and his condom split.
Serena then held her hand, well we both need to be sure because if you are pregnant, I need to make sure you are well looked after,so we will make an appointment to see the doctor.
They made the appointment for the same day,it was booked for 11.45am. When they got to the surgery, Bernie booked in, both ladies took a seat, everyone was looking at both women and making small talk between each other, 'that's them who lost their husbands on the same night' one woman commented,bernie looked at all the patients in the waiting room 'yes both our husbands did pass away on the same night,what ever you need to know about what happened please ask us not others,' she told everyone, just then Bernie was called in to see the doctor, serena agreed to wait in the waiting room.
The doctor asked Bernie what the matter was, and she told him that she thought that she might be pregnant, the doctor explained that he would need to do tests, i.e take some blood and he would need the first urine sample of the day, to be sure, he took some blood from Bernie, and he asked her to take in a urine sample first thing the following day, then it would upto 10 maybe 14 days before they got the results,with that information swirling round in her head she left the doctor's surgery and left with serena to go back to the flat that they were staying at until their house was ready to live in.
The next 10 days they were anxious, serena adamant that Bernie should not exert herself in any way, just take things easy because if she was pregnant she would not yet be three months pregnant.
Exactly 14 days after Bernie has first gone to the doctors, she received a phone call from the surgery asking her to go and see the doctor straight away, they phoned the local taxi service for a cab straight away. Once they got to the doctors surgery they went in and Bernie explained that she had received a phone call asking her to see the doctor straight away,
the receptionist told Bernie that she was next to see the doctor, and that would be in about 5 minutes time.
Bernie was called in to see the doctor, she went in to his surgery, and gave her the news that she thought she would never hear.
Your baby is due in late September, so we need to sort you out with ante natal classes and booked into a hospital where you want the baby delivered, he told her, 30 minutes later Bernie emerged from the doctor's surgery and made an appointment to see the nurse in 4 weeks time, and by the she should have had her first scan.
She walked towards serena and they both left in silence,got a taxi back home, and serena asked how the appointment had gone,she stood up walked to serena,took her hand and placed it on her tummy, serena my love, we are having a baby she proudly announced, with that both women burst into tears, tears of joy.

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With the news that Bernie was pregnant, the need to get their house ready for them to move into,as the flat where they were living was to small to accommodate 2 adults and a new born baby,so Bernie suggested that they rent a house just until theirs was ready to move into.
Serena,didn't want the upheavel of moving twice within a matter of months, so they decided to stay at the flat just for a short time. later that night both women were sitting on the settee,talking about the new house,how it would be the start of their new lives as a family.
Four months passed since they had purchased their dream home in the exclusive suburb of holby city,and at long last it was ready to move into.
When the day finally arrived that they would be moving into their new home, the neighbours came out to welcome them to the area,and introduce themselves to Bernie and serena.
First to introduce themselves to the 2 women were, Morven and Jasmine and their year old son Marcus, who clearly was a handful for his mum Jasmine,who was on maternity leave from holby city hospital,with that Serena asked what they worked at Morven replied we are both doctors up at holby city hospital,we are both f2's, next was dom, who had just come out of a relationship,after being with his partner for just 18 months,he did not want to talk about their relationship as it was still to raw to talk about it.
Next to introduce themselves were olli and zosia valentine was had just got back from their honeymoon,they were both consultants at holby city hospital.
Most of their new neighbours worked at holby city hospital, in some form of a capacity, whether, they be doctors, nurses, or auxiliary nurses all of their had made themselves known to both women.
The next few months passed without incident, the house was tastefully decorated just how both women had imagined how it would look,serena had passed her driving test,bernie would start to have lessons once the baby was born, and just as the baby was old enough they would go on their first holiday as a family.
Thursday 20th September,bernie woke up and woke serena up 'what's wrong bernie' she asked, the baby is coming,with that serena jumped up got dressed, got Bernie's case from the wardrobe,helped to get down the stairs and into the car.
They arrived at holby city hospital,and,they were taken upstairs to the maternity department, where the midwife examined Bernie to see how far dilated she was and she told her that
they would go and get serena to sit with her,without any hesitation, serena went straight to Bernie's side,not once never leaving her side, the midwife would check on Bernie from time to time to see if she was any further dilated.
Bernie asked serena to go and get the midwife because her waters had broken the midwife went in to examine Bernie, well not much longer now the head is almost here Serena held bernies handand told her to squeeze her hands as hard as she needed, her contractions started coming more and more frequent,the midwife told her to do small breaths and to push when she told her.,serena was holding her hands 'come on sweetheart we are so close one more push and it will be over' she encouraged her partner to push,and 15 hours after she first started in labour,she gave birth to a son 8lb.10 ounces,both women were crying.
At last both women had the child they had always dreamed about having the midwife asked if they had got any names in mind for their son, to which Bernie replied.
Cameron James Wolfe campbell, serena looked at her,darling she was lost for words, Bernie took her hand, it is only fitting he has both our surnames, after all he is our son.

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Serena was walking on cloud nine,her stunning girlfriend had just given birth to their son and she was so happy that Bernie had chosen the name' Cameron James Wolfe Campbell.
The child that the 2 women had always dreamed about having was at long last here,at last serena could say 'yes,we are one big happy familiy' those words bought a lump to her throat,as she kept repeating those words to herself, her eyes teared up.
now we can say that we are a family, and I am so proud of you my love because you have given us everything that we both dared not to dream of whilst we were married to those so called husbands of ours,and we have both shown each other love and understanding,and how to not be afraid to show our feelings where ever we may be.
An hour after Bernie had given birth, the midwife explained to serena that she needed to go home so Bernie could have a sleep,but she can come back after 10.00am and stop all day if she wanted to,she put her arm around bernies shoulders gave her a kiss and said that she would be back later, that morning.
The midwife woke Bernie at about 07.30 am to feed her child for the first time,the midwife asked if she needed a bottle of formula made up or if she was going to breast feed. I will breast feed him, upon hearing Bernie saying that she would feed him herself, the midwife showed her how to get the baby how to latch on to her breast,which helatched on to her breast without any problems.
Serena had a large bouquet of flowers sent to Bernie, she looked at the card and began to well up, half an hour later, a small blue and white bouquet was delivered on the card it simply read, 'hello mommy',,Bernie started to get emotional, over the beautiful flowers that her [hopefully] soon to be wife.
When serena returned at 10.00am she gave Bernie a long kiss, when they kissed anyone would have thought that kissing was going out of fashion, because both women kissed with so much passion, it was hot,.All their neighbours had bought a gift for their new born son as well as sending congratulations cards.
Once serena had sat down in the chair that was by the bed, Bernie got out of bed,walked to the cot that was slightly further away from bernies bed, and she picked the little boy up, and walked to serena, Bernie said 'here we are sweetheart, meet another very important woman who will have a part to play in your growing up, it's time you met your momma' Bernie said with tears in her eyes, asshe gently placed the infant into serenas arms,she started to get upset, Bernie asked what the matter was.
Serena told her it was unimportant, if it is making you cry, please talk to me sweetheart, what ever the problem we can and we will sort it out Bernie said.
It was those words that you said just before you placed Cameron in my arms,did you really mean those words darling, every bloody word Bernie told her.
Serena placed Cameron back in the cot, and excused her self as she was needing to use the ladies, Bernie made sure serena was out of sight, and she went into her bag and pulled out a little red box................

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Serena made her way back to Bernie's room, where she found her feeding their son,and she just waited outside the room where Bernie was, when she saw that the baby had his feed,serena then walked back into the room,bernie was covering her self up fastening her pyjama top, after feeding their son.
Bernie invited her to sit on the side of the bed by her, which serena gladly did, Bernie wrapped her arm around Serena's waist,and asked her if she would ever consider another chance at marriage, serena just looked at her with a lost expression, what do you mean Bernie? serena asked her, why would you ask me that question for Bernie.
Since you and I have been together, I have never been so happy,and I don't want to keep thinking that you will leave me for someone else, another good looking female,bernie was nearly in tears, with what she was saying to the only woman she truly loved, the one person who without a doubt, she would love until the end of time, the one person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with and have a couple more children with [hopefully]. She then reached for that little red box that she had hidden in her maternity bag.
Serena wendy Campbell would you do me the pleasure of becoming Mrs.Serena Wolfe please.
Her partner of nearly 3 years just burst into tears, Bernie put her arm around her, i'm sorry, I did not mean to upset you my darling oh I am so sorry, Bernie dried her tears up, serena got a tissue from her bag and wiped away the tears that had run down her face.
Once serena had composed her self she looked at Bernie, well Bernie my love that I never expected I can tell you, however in answer to your question there really is only one answer that I feel that I can truthfully respond with and that is YES, Bernie nothing will give me greater pleasure than being your wife,and mumma to our son,with that they embraced and began kissing with a fierce passion that was only broken by the fact that the midwife walked inwith some visitors, who wanted to see the latest addition to Bernie and Serena's little family.

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First to see the latest addition the wolfe-campbell family was dom, who thought that baby Cameron was just the sweetest little baby he had ever seen, he kissed both Bernie and serena and congratulated both of them,on their little baby,and hoped that in the future he would hopefully have some siblings.
Next to come in were Jasmine and Morven with little Marcus, who was trying to wriggle free from his mummy's arms, but neither,Jasmine or Morven were having it, causing the little boy to cry, serena asked if she could take him for a couple of minutes, to see if he would calm down, but it did not work, as Jasmine also explained that he was teething and his gums were sore and angry.
Morven looked at serenas left hand, is that what I think it is on your finger,she asked?, serena proudly announced that her precious girlfriend Bernie had asked her to be her wife morven looked at her but that is an engagement ring is it not she asked her, yes it is serena told everyone in the room, to which dom announced'' we have a wedding to arrange for Bernie and serena''. Bernie was grinning from ear to ear, could life really get much better than this she thought to herself.
With those words ringing in everybody's ears, the happy couple announced that they wanted to wait until after Christmas and new year to book their big day as they wanted to make sure that they got the venue what they had planned on getting,as it was one of the country's most exclusive venues, and there was an 12 month waiting list for same sex couples who wanted to get married at the ''The Royal Holby Country Hotel'' after all they both agreed that when they got married it would be the magical wedding day that they had both always dreamed of.

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Once everyone had got back to Bernie and Serena's house,Serena asked them all to help her arrange a very special day for herself and more importantly for Bernie.
Dom phoned most venues in the holby city area to see if they could accommodate just what Serena had in mind, the wedding day that both women had always dreamed of.
Jasmine was arranging the caterers,and drinks,Morven was sorting out the flowers and cars, Serena was trying to find a decent wedding shop so both women would be wearing something really special, for their big day.
Dom finally found a venue for Bernie and Serena's big day,it was to be held at the Holby City Country House.
When they looked it up on the internet,it was nothing short of stunning which is what Serena had wanted , and the date for their ceremony 31-12-2015 at 12.30pm.
Three days later when Bernie and the baby had come home,Serena checked her e-mails and was looking for a confirmation booking from the venue,and she found the booking was confirmed.
She chose not to tell Bernie as she would start trying to sort out all the detail, which Serena had already done, so Bernie could and would be able to relax.

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The next few weeks passed, Serena making sure that nothing but nothing could or would spoil their wedding day.
Everything was slowly falling into place, the flowers were all sorted,the caterers sorted, the vehicles arranged, Serena had got her outfit sorted, the only thing that needed sorting out was getting Bernie's outfit sorted,she was happiest wearing trousers/jeans , Serena had seen some trouser suits that she thought Bernie might like, eventually she settled on a grey 2 piece.
Cameron would be dressed in a little blue page boys outfit.

Serena's outfit was to be a blue 2 piece outfit,comprising of a skirt and jacket, completed with a ivory coloured blouse.
Bernie's outfit was trousers and a jacket complete with a white shirt.

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The next few weeks went by very quickly,with Serena constantly checking her e-mails and making sure everything was still running to schedule.
The outfit that she had bought for Bernie, the grey trouser suit fitted her like a glove,but Bernie could not understand why Serena had bought her the grey 2 piece and a page boys outfit fir Cameron aswell as Serena's outfit.
Serena tried to sy it was for a friend's wedding, and that they were getting married somewhere in Holby on new years eve.
Jasmine and Morven they too were also making sure that the wedding plans were running smoothly,as Serena had asked them if the catering company and limousine services could inform them of any changes to the arrangements as it would be hard for them to phone Serena as she was always at home with Bernie and their baby son.
Dom wanted to know if there was to be a "pre wedding party" as he would be only too willing to arrange it for them, as there would not be a "party" she left him to arrange the reception entertainment, which was to be family orientated.
Serena went out christmas shopping the first week in December,buying presents for everyone,,while Bernie stayed at home with Cameron.
When Serena returned home it was Bernies turn to go out christmas shopping, when she returned she had brought enough christmas de orations to decorate Holby city completely.
Once they had got Cameron settled for his evening sleep, the happy couple began to put their christmas decorations up.
Bernie had already decided that this christmas was one neither would forget in a hurry,as she had got a very special surprise arranged for Serena, which would take place on Christmas eve.

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Saturday the 10th of December began like any other day, Cameron woke up at 05.am wanting his morning feed, whilst Bernie was feeding him, Serena went downstairs to make both Bernie and herself a cup of coffee, and later she would cook their breakfasts.
Once Cameron was settled back in his cot, Bernie went downstairs and went into the kitchen, where she walked up to Serena and wrapped her arms around her waist and began kissing her slender shoulders, while working her way up to begin nibbling her ears,Bernie's wandering hands had found their way upto Serena's ample chest, she began massaging her chest, although Serena was enjoying her morning massage, she told Bernie that "unless she stopped kissing her and massaging her chest she would not be able to concentrate on cooking their breakfasts".

Bernie put her hands up in surrender, and made her way to the breakfast table, when suddenly there was a loud knock on their front door, Bernie got up and went and answered the door, the area postman handed Bernie a card to sign which she did, and then he handed over a recorded delivery letter.

Serena shouted " what did the postman want love?".
Bernie walked into the kitchen, in her hands she held a letter from a firm of solicitors based somewhere in the Hampshire area.
She threw it on to the kitchen table, pulled a chair out, sat down , put her head in her hands and began to 'play with the envelope, she turned it over and noted the name on the back of the envelope "Jameson,Taylor and Hughes" that was the name of her parents solicitors, what could they possibly want with Bernie after all this time.

"Well are you going to open the letter or what" Serena asked.

Bernie looked up and told her "you had better sit down love, there is something I need to talk to you about.

Bernie began.
My full name / title is :
The honourable Miss Bereniece Griselda Wolfe, only daughter of Lord and Lady Charles William Wolfe.
My father was a brigadier in her Majesties British Army, my mother was a professor of neurosurgery and a world respected surgeon.
I was educated at Cheltenham Ladies College, where I gained 8 A levels, from there I went to Cambridge university where I got a first in British Military History and warfare, and then I continued with my education and studied for my phd in world military history and warfare from 17th century until the present day.
Serena looked at her and told her " please continue".

While I was doing my phd, Marcus Dunn who was a art student, took 'a shine to me, but I wasn't intrested in him, my parents always knew I was gay, and they didn't have a problem with my sexuality, in fact they were happy for me to be gay.
I repeatedly told Marcus I was not intrested,but he never got the message, so just to keep him quiet I rather stupidly agreed to go on a date with him, and he made me feel like I was ' a trophy girlfriend'.
He was bragging to his fellow students that he was 'dating a phd student, who was tall, blonde haired and gorgeous and that I was his and his alone.
My instinct was to tell him to fuck off but being the person I am I tried to let him down gently, but he wouldn't take no for an answer.
He was adamant I should meet his parents, but I didn't want to but he didn't understand the word no.
Marcus and his father were under his mother's thumb, whatever she said they jumped up and did what she told them regardless of what it was.
Tragically his father died a couple of months later, so his mother directed all her anger at Marcus, and when she said jump he always said "how high".
Marcus demanded that he meet my parents, but I told him it would have to be in and around Cambridge university, he agreed.
A fortnight later in a little italian restaurant, Marcus met my parents, and they took an instant dislike to him, he was bragging how all the other students on his course were jealous of him, because he had a stunning girlfriend on his arm.
Once we had finished the meal, my parents gave me some money, and I told them I would be home for the weekend, with that my parents bid me farewell.
Once they were out of sight, Marcus asked me how much they had given me, when I told him it was £250.00 he immediatly begged me to give him some money as fellow students had all got together and they were going to place a large amount of money on a horse that was running in a large race, I told him no in no uncertain terms, and then he................slapped me across the face and demanded £100.00 pounds
Relunctly ihanded him £100.00 pounds and told him when it wins I want my money back, he agreed.
After that any money I had hewould demand it.
After that I told him I wanted to be left alone, and told him to stop pestering me, or I would report him to the dean of the art school, and hopefully he would be excluded, but he just laughed at me.

Bernie ran out of the kitchen and upstairs and into their en suite where she had a hot shower, and got dressed, and lay on their bed a cried uncontrollably, Serena went upstairs, and saw how upset Bernie was, she wrapped her arms around Bernie and told her " is there any more I need to know, Bernie just looked at her and nodded.
Serena told her " when you are ready we will continue ok?.
Bernie looked at Serena and said ok, with that she fell asleep.
Serena put the duvet over her and let her sleep, hopefully she would be able to continue later.

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Serena glanced at the wall clock the time was 14.25 pm, when the living room door opened, Bernie walked in holding Cameron in her arms.
Serena got up from the settee, and took Cameron out of Bernie's arms, and got him his bottle, when Serena told Bernie " if you want to continue, its ok, Bernie looked at Serena and told her "you don't mind me continuing then" Serena just looked at her and smiled and told her, "its ok ".
Bernie cleared her throat and began.
"When we had to begin revising for our finals, I told Marcus not to bother me, because I wanted to get my thesis written and presented,and what have you,but Marcus demanded that we do our revision together, but I point blankly refused, as I was studying with other phd students, and I explained that it would be better if he revised with other art students, then what one student didn't know another student might and they could help each other, thankfully he agreed to it.

The begining of June I received my results, I had passed with flying colours, and I had been invited to the graduation ceremony, which was taking place the second week in July, so I had to hire my gown and mortar board, when I told my parents they were over the moon for me, they wanted to throw a party for me,but I declined instead I suggested that just the three of us go out for a celebratory meal, both my parents agreed.
A few days passed, and I had nit seen or heard anything from Marcus, not that I was bothered, but out of politeness I asked one of his friends what had happened to him James Oakley who was his best friend told me " leave him alone............he has failed his exams he is weighing up his options, whether or not to resit his exams or cut his losses and quit.
I told him that if he should see him tell him "I Asked about him and wish him well in his next step in life".
Serena then asked what happened after that then "well I went back home and decided that I would take a few months out, and then I would apply to schools, colleges, universities about the possibilitie of me giving lecturers on military history and warfare, but I would need to do a teaching degree to give lectures.
After I got my degree, Marcus re appeared in my life and that was the turning point in my life.
Serena said "what do you mean love".
He wasn't happy that I had passed and he failed, he couldn't have the graduation ceremony he and his mother had dreamed of, and he blamed me, blamed me fir everything that had gone wrong in his life.
But he had something planned, and whilst my parents were at their villa in Barbados, he did something I will never ever be able to forgive him for, even though he is dead.
Serena looked at her "what did he do to you Bernie?".
Marcus and his mother had been planning our 'wedding', Serena looked at Bernie in dis belief.
Bernie looked at Serena and said " yes that's right our wedding".
Bernie continued " Marcus and his mother asked me to drive them into London as they wanted to catch up with family members, so rather stupidly I agreed to it, little did I know I was driving myself to my wedding, when we got into the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington we pulled up outside the registrar office, and tgere was a wedding taking place.
"Oh I do like to see a nice wedding she commented, when Marcus pipped up, " that could be you and me one day Bernie, I then turned to him and told him no chance, he asked "what do you mean, I told him there is no way you and I are getting married so that is that.
When suddenly he grabbed my arms and told me," get in there we have organised our wedding and it is taking place today, I have your parents permission, I went to run, but he had friends waiting everywhere so I couldn't get away.
His mother told me to stop being " a silly girl and get inside and marry her son immediately.
Reluctantly I did, once the ceremony and reception were over, he started showing his true colours.
He had ,had a skinfull at the reception, and because he had no more alcohol he beat me up, 2 black eyes,thick lip,bloodied nose arms full of bruises.
With that Bernie once again broke down,but she was determined to continue with telling Serena everything.

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Serena went and put Cameron back in his cot, and made her way back downstairs.
She went into the living room, and on the coffee table there were 2 glasses and a bottle of shiraz, Bernie made her way back into the living room, she had made both Serena and herself a sandwich,as they didn't eat much breakfast, owing to the fact Bernie was telling her about her life with Marcus.

Serena told Bernie to continue.
Bernie began "Once he had finished beating me up he made his way to the bedroom,where he demanded I join him, as he told me " it's your wedding night as well, so come to bed.
I told him in no uncertain terms that if he expected me to join him, after he had beat me up, then he had another thing coming, and that night, I slept on the settee.
We were staying at his mother's house, and the next morning I woke up at 05.30 am only to find him and his mother starring at me.
I asked them " who you starring at" his mother looked at me, and told me it was 'my duty as a wife to give myself to Marcus as it was my fault that he didn't have 'a proper wedding night'.
So I told her that because Marcus had had a skinful,and that he had none left, he beat me black and blue, but they both blamed me.
Bernie continued, we stayed with his mother for the first 3 months of our married life, then we were offered a council property, a 2 bedroomed ground floor flat, it was nice, council groundsmen came around every couple of months to tend to the lawns, and clean the area up in general.
Serena then interrupted Bernie and asked about her parents, what did they think about her marrying Marcus.
I phoned my parents once they had git back from their holiday, and I arranged to meet them and talk about what had happened,between me and Marcus, but he demanded that his mother accompany me to the meeting between myself and my parents.
The meeting took place in a little bistro just outside Cambridge,, when my parents turned up, I began trying to tell them how I had been duped into marrying Marcus, but his mother just would not let me get a word in edgeways, and basically she tried to tell them it was all my idea, but my parents knew I would not be stupid enough to marry a loser like Marcus, but she convinced them it was my idea.
Anyway, we had been in our flat about 6 months, when one afternoon I was at home on my own,when therewas a loud knock on the door,when I opened the door there were a team of bailiffs standing outside.
I asked what they wanted and they told me ' you have one hour to get as much of your stuff together as you are being evicted today, they showed me official court papers.
Marcus should have gone to court to try to stave of the eviction, but he never bothered to turn up, so the council were granted the repossession order, and one hour later, we were homeless, so I phoned his mother and asked her " just where the hell is Marcus I need to speak to him urgently, as we have been evicted from our flat.
30 minutes later Marcus and his mother turned up, wanting to know why we had been evicted, so I snapped at both of them, I asked Marcus " just what the fuck have you been doing with the housing benefit money, he smirked at me and told me ",well I need some form of relaxation, so I spent it on dogs, horses,football bets, and drinking, then I turned on his mom, I told her "I suppose you knew all about this didn't you, she replied " yes I knew, but as Marcus has told you he needed something to help him relax.
With that I took myself and what few clothes I had taken out of the flat down to the council offices, and I told them everything that had happened, and that Marcus had been given a court date regarding the eviction but he never showed up.
While I was waiting to be seen by an housing officer, Marcus and his mother turned up, when I got called into the office, she wanted to come in with me, I just glared at her and in no uncertain terms I told her to go and fuck off and take her precious fucking son with her.
Marcus looked at me and then at his mom, he politely asked her to go back home and he would phone her later that evening.
And that was when they offered us a flat in the multi storey block of flats, reluctantly we agreed to take it, but this time any housing benefit and council tax benefit we could claim, it was to be sent directly to the council, and he agreed.
The council were gracious enough to let us go back to the ground floor flat to remove all our other possessions, once we had emptied the flat, I then hot in touch with the gas and electric companies.
When I got in touch with the gas company, they told me we were in arrears saying that no bills had been paid and that we owed them £175.00, so we came to an arrangement, we would have a pre payment meter installed and pay the arrears of via the meter.
Then I contacted the electric company and they also told me that we were in arrears, and we owed them £224.00 and again we came to an arrangement to clear the debt through a pre payment meter.

Serena held her hand and asked her "why didn't you go to your parents for help and money to clear those debts?"
Bernie told her "Marcus created those debts, as all the bills were in his name, so why should my parents help him, after the beatings, the lying and cheating.
Bernie asked Serena " do you mind if we continue again later this evening, after we have had night time kisses and cuddles with our little man, Serena smiled at her and nodded and told her of course,if you feel up to it .

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Once Bernie and Serena had fed and bathed Cameron, they both made their way back downstairs to their living room.
Serena poured them both a large glass of shiraz, and Bernie continued to tell Serena, all about her life with Marcus.
She continued "We both began living separate lives, he had his weekly dole cheque, and I had my wages from my 2 part time jobs, one was a cleaning job, the other one was a part time dinner lady at the local comprehensive School, I only did the washing up there, I didn't help with the preparation or cooking of the school dinners, I only collected the plates and bowls and washed them up.
The cleaning job was at the local college, I worked from 06.00am until 09.30 am Monday to Friday, and occasionally there was overtime.
I got paid monthly from both jobs, and when I started them I was insistant that we go and tell the D.W.P., and because Marcus didn't claim any benefits for me, I didn't need to inform them, however Marcus was told he would need to tell the council as he was in receipt of housing and council tax benefits, but he never told them, and they found out,and as it was his first offence while being in receipt of benefits they gave him a warning, but he made out to his mum and friends it was my fault."
Serena just looked at her at took her hand and told her " you were not at fault, it was all his fault, but like Edward he would not take responsibility for his actions".
Bernie continued " although we were living separate lives, he thought he was single, he didn't tell any of his conquests he was married, but one night, while I was at home his least favourite people arrived.
Serena asked her, " who were they"
Bernie replied " A couple of bailiffs, he had taken out loans with various finance companies and failed to make the repayments, so I got my coat, and asked them to accompany me, if they wanted to see Marcus, then I knew where he would be, however I did explain that it was a bar inside a casino, because that was his favourite 'go to bar'.
She continued " we took the 15 minute walk to the casino, and the bailifs showed their identification and we were let straight in.
I told the senior bailif " there he is with that red headed woman at the bar, they went over to him and escorted him back to the flat.
Once we were back home, he asked me to be in the same room as him and the bailifs, I reluctantly agreed, but I stated to the bailifs, I had nothing to do with any loans he had taken out, and for once in his life, he told them 'i took those loans out Bernie has got nothing to do with this at all".
I had no idea that he owed the finance companies nearly £7,500 in interest payments alone, so I dreaded to think just how much he actually owed, but they came to some sort of agreement."
Bernie looked at Serena, and told her " well that's my life with Marcus, but that was then, and now I am finally with the woman I love and we have our own beautiful little family.

Serena looked at Bernie and said " well you have been more than truthful, so now it's my turn to tell you the truth about me.

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Bernie looked at Serena and asked her " what do you mean the truth about you?".

Serena took a mouthful of her wine and began.
"My full name is Doctor Serena Wendy Campbell, I graduated from Holby City University Medical School at the age of 23
When I was a 4th year medical student, we had a male student join us, he had relocated from Plymouth University Medical School.
His name was Edward Campbell, like Marcus, he thought he was god's gift to women, personally I thought he was a tosser.
He had dreams of becoming an anesthetist, or as many medical students call them "the gas man".
I was more interested in becoming the best Doctor I could be, after all my parents paid for me to follow my dream.
My parents sold the family business to ensure I had every chance of going to Medical school, they sold their engineering company for several hundred thousands of pounds.
The company car components for various car manufacturers.
However, Edward had already decided that he wanted to take me out for a drink and then on to a club, but I stuck firm and told him in no uncertain terms that my studies were far more important to me than going out drinking, but he would not accept the fact that studying was important to me.
Anyway he kept asking me, and just to shut him up, I stupidly said yes, so the following Friday we went out to a pub, not that far from the halls of residence, after we had had a couple of drinks, I made my excuses and decided that I wanted to go back to my room.
I made my way back to the accommodation block where I was staying, but Edward had decided to follow me back to my room.
I saw him as I went into the foyer of my accommodation block and told him " please go away, you wanted to take me out for a drink, you go back to your friends and enjoy the rest of the night".
Everything was going fine, I carried on with my studies, but people were talking about me, so I asked my friend Fleur Fanshaw what were people saying about me.
She told me "Edward has been telling everyone he has had his wicked way with you, and that you wanted more".
With that information, I waited until I knew when and where he would be with all his mates, and a couple of days later he was in the local pub, bragging about 'how I shagged Serena Mckinnie several times in one night, and she was begging for more'.
I knew he liked his pints of lager followed by a double vodka, so I went to the bar and ordered the drinks, and when I saw him with all his mates, I asked if he was enjoying himself, and he grinned like a Cheshire cat and said in front of his friends " come for another good shagging have you Serena?"
With that I looked at him and said "enjoy your drink, and I poured the lager over his head, I then threw the vodka in his face, and said " you couldn't satisfy a fly with your small cock, let alone a woman and promptly walked out, with my dignity and my head held high.

Bernie went and sat by Serena, who was quiet upset about how Edward had tarnished her name, but Serena was determined to carry on telling Bernie about her life.
Serena began to continue:.
After we sat our final exams, I applied to Holby City Hospital as it is a training hospital, I was accepted because I had done some studying there as a 5th year medical student, and that was where I would do my 1st and 2nd foundation years.
When I got my exam results, I had achieved a first class honours degree in medicine, obviously my parents were ecstatic with the results, after all they had sacrificed a lot for me.
I graduated from Holby City University in the July, and I began working at Holby City Hospital on the first Wednesday in August, Bernie asked her "why the first Wednesday in August", ?.
Serena replied " that is the day when all junior Doctors start the begining of their medical career".
Edward had applied to study anesthetics, which is or was a 3 year training program, but I knew what I wanted, I wanted to become not only the best Doctor I could be, but also I wanted to be the best vascular surgeon I knew I could be.
Six weeks after I had started at Holby City Hospital, the senior consultant surgeon Mr.Anton Mayer, wanted to see me immediately.
So I made my way up to his office, he called me in, asked me to take a seat, as he had something to ask me.
Mr.Mayer began asking me why did I want to become a surgeon, I began by telling him " being a Doctor is not just about diagnosing illnes, writing prescriptions, having a good bedside manner, but being able to help put people back together, helping with rehabilitation, and being someone they can turn to if they have questions that need answers,".
He then passed me an application form, not just any application form, but one to join his 2 year surgical training program, he also told me that he wanted the form back by 16.00 hrs,,so he could go through it and take it and show it to the board of governors at Holby City Hospital.
8 weeks later, I was informed that my presence was required in the boardroom, where one way or another I would find out if I had been accepted on to his surgical training program.
I made my way upto the boardroom, where Mr.Mayer and other senior consultants were waiting, and other junior Doctors who had also applied to join his training program joined us.
Out of 25 junior Doctors who had applied only 5 had been accepted there was:.
Dr.Serena Mckinnie.
Dr.Eric Griffiths.
Dr.Sacha Levy.
Dr.Jacqueline Naylor.
Dr.Joseph Byrne.
We were all told to report to the lecture theatre at 08.30am the following Monday, that is when our surgical training would begin in earnest.
I phoned my parents, who were totally cock-a-hoop at the fact that their little girl was going to be a surgeon.
The training was hard, and the amount of studying again was hard, but it was what I wanted to do, and besides, 6 years at an all girls boarding school, 2 years at college, then 5 years at med school, what was another 2 years of study.
Gradually we all decided on our surgical area, Jac Naylor, she went into Cardio thoracics, Sacha levy, general surgery as did Eric Griffiths
Joseph Byrne he also went into Cardio thoracic surgery and I went into vascular surgery.
Although we chose what avenue of surgery we wanted to specialize in, we had to have so many hours of surgical time alloted to us on a monthly basis.
18 months after I began my surgical training, I was on call, and there was a major accident, on the ring road, just before you get to the hospital,all avaliable staff were called in, nurses, doctors, even porters, however one patient was rushed through to the cubicles, and I was attending to him, when Mr.Mayer told me " he needs urgent surgical intervention otherwise he may lose his leg, from the knee down.
That was when Mr.Mayer told me " go and change into your surgical scrubs and save the patients leg".
I was gobsmacked to say the very least, but Edward Campbell was the anesthestist, I said " no I don't want him in theatre, but he ignored my pleas, anyway, I had heard that he was drinking upto a litre and half of vodka on a regular basis, and I voiced my concerns to Professor Zubin Khan who was the senior consultant anesthesiologist, but he said " if you have any issues please raise them with the dean".
One hour after the patient had been admitted, I was operating on his leg, trying to save it, but Edward was slowly getting drunk, I could tell because his eyes were starting to 'glaze over',
The theatre nurse starting shouting that the patients vital signs were dropping quicker than water down a plug hole, I immediately screamed at Edward ti inject 1mg of Adrenaline to help to stabilise the patient,, but it was too late, the young man who I was trying to save lost his life because of Edward.
I walked out of the theatre, back into the female changing rooms and cried not for Edward, but for that poor young man and his family.
Mr.Mayer came to see me about what had happened, and I went through everything step by step and thankfully all the theatre staff agreed that I had done everything within my power to save the young man.
I informed the family of their sons passing, but they wanted to know more about how he passed away,because he was fit and healthy.
There was an inquiry about the behaviour of Edward Campbell in theatre that day.
At the inquiry, he blamed everyone but himself, he was suspended from theatre for 3 months and told to attend AA classes, if he failed to adhere to what the chairman of the inquiry had told him to do, then he would go before the G.M.C, and they would dish out a stronger punishment.
Edward told everyone that he was attending AA meetings on a regular basis, and he wanted to see if we could have a future together, after all he had told everyone that he had learned his lesson, after I had poured the pint over his head.
So I told him "ok, but if after 3months the relationship is going nowhere, we call it off, he agreed".
Serena looked at Bernie and told her "that was the single biggest mistake I ever made in my life".
Bernie looked at her and asked " what do you mean sweetheart".
Well, the first thing he wanted to do was meet my parents, but I said "no not yet, let's not get ahead of ourselves yet, there is plenty of time to meet my parents".
Then that is where I found out what he was really like.
He began to question me, if I was late home from the hospital, wanted to know who I was with, if I had been working with any male Dr's if so who and why, Serena then said he had been banned from driving for 18months owing to the fact that he had started drinking again, so he treated me as his personal driver.
However one afternoon he was drinking in the changing rooms, he had been paged as he was needed in theatre as he was the duty anestesist, and I got called in, due to staff holidays and one thing and another.
This time I refused to be in the same theatre as him, and the surgeon who was Mr.Mayer, and Edward was the anestesist, and that is where he had his fall from grace.

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Bernie looked at Serena and asked her " what do you mean his fall from grace?."
Serena began to explain to Bernie, " Edward was well known to 'knock his drink down in one go', he would always have a pint of lager and a double vodka, there were times when whilst most of us medical professionals were still drinking our first Edward would be on his 3rd of 4th drink of the evening.
If ever he had more than his 4 pints and 4 double vodkas, he could take the world on, put the world to rights as the saying goes.
2years ago it was the end of November he was on the night shift and I was on the day shift, so basically as I was finishing he was starting.
I was at our flat, just pottering around when the phone began to ring, it was Nurse Fletcher asking if I was avaliable to get to work asap as there had been a serious road accident, all staff had been asked to get to the hospital asap as it was a case of 'all hands on deck'.
Edward was in theatre with Mr.Anton Meyer, I was with Dr.Sacha Levy, we were operating on a lady who had been injured in the R.T.A , her injuries were not life threating but she required surgery to have a steel pole removed from her knee.
Edward and Mr.Meyer were operating on the wife of our local M.P who had sustained serious injuries, but no matter how hard Mr.Meyer fought to save the patient, she didn't survive.
Obviously there was an post mortem to find out whether the accident caused her to pass away or any underlying medical conditions, but Edward was behaving very oddly, he kept asking the mortuary attendants had they received the findings of the post mortem on the patient, if not when would they be avaliable, who had done the post mortem, etc etc.
A week later I was called into the boardroom, where there was .
Mr.Anton Meyer.
Professor Zubin Khan.
And the c.e.o of Holby city Hospital.
And the rest of the board members.
They began by thanking me for attending this meeting at short notice, I replied " if there is anything I have done wrong please tell me and hopefully I will sort it out, and make sure it never happens again.
Mr.Meyer came and told me " you are not the one at fault Dr.Mckinnie, it is your boyfriend Dr. Edward Campbell".
I just looked and asked "what has he done this time".
Professor Khan looked at me and said " you came to us sometime ago regarding Edward's drinking, and regrettably we dissmissed you by telling you "go and see the dean, and yiu did, you voiced your concerns about his drinking, and again you were dissmissed by everyone, you were worried that he might 'mess up and seriously cause damage to a patient', Serena nodded her head and agreed with what had been said about Edward.
Professor Khan got out a blue folder and showed Serena pictures of Edward drinking in the male changing rooms, and taking bottles of 'mineral water ' into the theatres, but it was not water it was gin or vodka.
Mr.Meyer then got the post mortem results from his brief case and showed them to Serena, it showed that Edward had got the wrong amounts of drugs, and injected them into the patient.
Serena looked at everyone, she was completely mortified, that Edward had caused the death of a patient.
The C.E.O of Holby City Hospital explained to Serena that Edward would be suspended until further notice, and it would be reported to the G.M.C..

8weeks later.
Edward campbell was struck off the medical register, he had lost everything, his job,the only thing the G.M.C. couldn't take off him was the degree he had studied for.
But Edward was adamant, if he couldn't practice medicine, Serena couldn't practice either, but Serena wanted to know "who will pay the mortgage and all household bills?.
But Edward had already began to work out where the money would come from.......................

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Bernie looked at Serena and asked her " what do you mean his fall from grace?."
Serena began to explain to Bernie, " Edward was well known to 'knock his drink down in one go', he would always have a pint of lager and a double vodka, there were times when whilst most of us medical professionals were still drinking our first Edward would be on his 3rd of 4th drink of the evening.
If ever he had more than his 4 pints and 4 double vodkas, he could take the world on, put the world to rights as the saying goes.
5years ago it was the end of November he was on the night shift and I was on the day shift, so basically as I was finishing he was starting.
I was at our flat, just pottering around when the phone began to ring, it was Nurse Fletcher asking if I was avaliable to get to work asap as there had been a serious road accident, all staff had been asked to get to the hospital asap as it was a case of 'all hands on deck'.
Edward was in theatre with Mr.Anton Meyer, I was with Dr.Sacha Levy, we were operating on a lady who had been injured in the R.T.A , her injuries were not life threating but she required surgery to have a steel pole removed from her knee.
Edward and Mr.Meyer were operating on the wife of our local M.P who had sustained serious injuries, but no matter how hard Mr.Meyer fought to save the patient, she didn't survive.
Obviously there was an post mortem to find out whether the accident caused her to pass away or any underlying medical conditions, but Edward was behaving very oddly, he kept asking the mortuary attendants had they received the findings of the post mortem on the patient, if not when would they be avaliable, who had done the post mortem, etc etc.
A week later I was called into the boardroom, where there was .
Mr.Anton Meyer.
Professor Zubin Khan.
And the c.e.o of Holby city Hospital.
And the rest of the board members.
They began by thanking me for attending this meeting at short notice, I replied " if there is anything I have done wrong please tell me and hopefully I will sort it out, and make sure it never happens again.
Mr.Meyer came and told me " you are not the one at fault Dr.Mckinnie, it is your boyfriend Dr. Edward Campbell".
I just looked and asked "what has he done this time".
Professor Khan looked at me and said " you came to us sometime ago regarding Edward's drinking, and regrettably we dissmissed you by telling you "go and see the dean, and yiu did, you voiced your concerns about his drinking, and again you were dissmissed by everyone, you were worried that he might 'mess up and seriously cause damage to a patient', Serena nodded her head and agreed with what had been said about Edward.
Professor Khan got out a blue folder and showed Serena pictures of Edward drinking in the male changing rooms, and taking bottles of 'mineral water ' into the theatres, but it was not water it was gin or vodka.
Mr.Meyer then got the post mortem results from his brief case and showed them to Serena, it showed that Edward had got the wrong amounts of drugs, and injected them into the patient.
Serena looked at everyone, she was completely mortified, that Edward had caused the death of a patient.
The C.E.O of Holby City Hospital explained to Serena that Edward would be suspended until further notice, and it would be reported to the G.M.C..

8weeks later.
Edward campbell was struck off the medical register, he had lost everything, his job,the only thing the G.M.C. couldn't take off him was the degree he had studied for.
But Edward was adamant, if he couldn't practice medicine, Serena couldn't practice either, but Serena wanted to know "who will pay the mortgage and all household bills?.
But Edward had already began to work out where the money would come from.......................

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Bernie looked at Serena and asked " what was he planning to do then?".
Serena looked at Bernie and asked her " before we continue let's both get a drink," so Bernie went to the kitchen and got 2 wine glasses and a bottle of shiraz.
Once both ladies had got a drink Serena continued.
"Edwards plan was to tell my parents that I was pregnant and that we needed money for buying baby clothes, cot and the pram and other items, but I had a dictaphone and I recorded everything he had said, and I went along with his plan so he wouldn't be suspicious.
A few days later I told him I needed to go and see my former medical student Fleur Fanshaw, who excelled at obs and gynie whilst she was doing her rotation in that department.
Edward asked "why do you need to go and see her for, so I replied " she is now a highly successful consultant who is head of obs and gynie and she can advise us as to say when we conceived and when the baby is due".
He agreed with it, and what I did was I waited until he went out with his drinking buddies and I phoned my parents and " asked is it ok if Edward and myself come down for the weekend.
My parents were more than happy for us to go to their house for the weekend, anyway when he came back I told him I had phoned not only Fleur Fanshaw, but my parents aswell, as we had some news to tell them.
Everything was going well, and on the Friday afternoon, we began driving down to my parents house, and we arrived at about 4.00 p.m.
My mum was waiting for us, but my Father had a 'face like thunder' and once we had gone inside and been shown to our room, and unpacked and had something to eat, my Father asked "so how is your career going Edward, is it going from strength to strength, or even better".
Edward was at a lost as to what to say, so my Father went to his office and retrrieved a recent newspaper and the headline read.
' Wife of local m.p. dies after surgery'.
My father began reading what had been printed, and he made a point of mentioning Edward's name several times and then he asked Edward " how do propose to get money, as no hospital will ever employ you ever, not after what you have done, and do think that you will get your hands on Serena's trust funds because I have taken steps to make sure she will not receive any money until she reaches the age set out in my will".
Edward replied " Serena is pregnant, that is why we are here, not for you to give me the third fucking degree, that was when I played my master stroke, I excused myself and went to the bedroom and got my dictaphone where I had taped the conversations between him and myself.
I went back into the living room, sat back down in my chair and played the tape back, both my parents were appalled at what Edward wanted to do to get money.
I explained to my parents that I played along with him as I didn't want him to become suspicious.
With that my Father got his clothes, and threw him and his clothes out, and told him to go away, and then I told my parents that he told me " That if he couldn't practice medicine then neither could I and he forced me to resign from Holby City Hospital.
Edward began saying " well why the hell should she be allowed to work, who is going to look after me, wash my clothes,cook my food, clean the house.
With that my Father kicked him out and told him " don't ever come here again, Serena will be spending some time here with us, do not even think about trying to contact her, by letter or phone or email, because if you do I will personally see to it that you are behind bars for a very long time, providing the family of that poor woman who you killed doesn't do it before me or anyone else.
With that he left, I stayed with my parents for about 6 weeks, then I went back, only to find out we had been evicted.
Bernie went and sat next to Serena and put her arm around her shoulder, as Serena broke down after telling Bernie about her life with Edward.

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Once Serena had composed herself, and Bernie had fed and changed Cameron, Bernie asked her "is there anything else to tell me about your life with Edward, or not?".
Serena looked at her and nodded her head, she continued.
"After 6 weeks at my parents house, I made my way back to where we used to live, only to find out that we had been evicted, I asked my neighbour if she had been given a forwarding address or contact number by Edward.
She called me inside and made me a cup of coffee, she explained that she saw the entire eviction, and that Edward tried to hit the bailiffs, and that they had called the police and he got himself arrested for violent behaviour.
A few days later he called around and left a new address, which was the address in the flats, and that he was drinking very heavily.Anyway I was looking for somewhere to stay myself, but my friend Fleur Fanshaw gave me a place to stay until I got myself sorted out.
2 weeks after I came back to Holby, I bumped into Edward, and he begged me for yet another chance, and rather stupidly yet again I gave him another chance, but everything would be on my terms or he could kiss my arse goodbye for good.
Much to my shock he agreed, so I moved into the flat with him, and we went and got the housing benefit sorted and I wanted it sent directly to the housing office, and we sat down and discussed how much money was left after everything had been paid out, and where we could save money, but he failed to tell me that we owed both the gas and electric company money, so like you we had pre payment meters installed and came to a re payment plan"
After we had been back together for about a month, I found a letter, but it was addressed to 'Mr & Mrs.Edward Campbell.
I confronted Edward about it, but he had gone back to his old ways, so I went to the D.W.P and explained that there was not a Mrs.Campbell,but I was his girlfriend, and they arranged an interview for us both and we could discuss the claim Edward had submitted.
One week later we were in the D.W.P and Edward had claimed that we were married and that I knew he was claiming, so I asked to speak to an advisor separately.I explained that I was not his spouse in any way, but I was his girlfriend and we lived in the same flat, but we lived separate lives, we shared the kitchen and bathroom, and that was all we shared and nothing else.
4weeks later Edward and I received letters from the D.W.P, I was cleared of false claiming but Edward was charged with benefit fraud, he went to court, and had to repay £1200 benefits he had falsely claimed.
I decided that I would get my own money and pay my own way and my share of the debts we owed to the gas and electric companies, so like you I got myself 2 part time jobs, both cleaning and both at the local Doctors surgery, I worked 06.00 until 08.30 am and then 19.00 until 21.30 and once a month I would go in on a Saturday Morning and deep clean all the consulting rooms and whatever else needed cleaning and we carried on living separate lives until he passed away".

Serena looked at Bernie and told her " that is my life with Edward, and we both know the truth about our idiots who we rather stupidly called our 'husbands'.

Bernie looked at Serena and picked up the letter she had received from the family solicitors and opened it................................
Bernie looked at Serena and told her " my parents want to meet you and Cameron, I just have to phone the solicitors and arrange a date,Serena looked at her and told her..........................what are you waiting for then????????????'?''''.