A letter to the Chief Constable from Dr. Stunfnassen

Dr. Henrik Stunfnassen

Priory Tree-side Institute for the Unwell

Jacksby-on-Crescent Cambridgeshire

CM22 2FG

1st July, 2016

Chief Constable Saddle

Cambridge Police Station

Cambridge

Cambridgeshire

CM3 1GJ

Dear Chief Constable Saddle,

I write to you today with some concerning news, a patient of ours here at the Institute for the Unwell has gone missing. The reason why I send a letter, instead of calling is that this is no emergency. This letter is more a request for your vigilance and kindness than a call for a county wide manhunt. We here at the Institute specialise in the treatment of extraordinary individuals. In his time Jorja Wilkinson was a great designer and architect. He shaped and formed entire styles and movements, and proved very influential. However he could not keep up with his own success, cowed by his own popularity he retreated in to reclusion.

It is there that we found him, huddled in a strange caravan, lost and alone. A genius who had become entrapped by his own success, this is just the kind of patient we treat. Wonderfully talented artists, sports people – those with ill-defined psychological conditions but with enough money to avoid getting clinical help. We find them, take a small contribution from their considerable wealth and attempt to make them better, within the confines of our peaceful estate. Jorja was improving, through a dual method of positive reinforcement – sudoku and scones. Reigniting long dead synapses in his mind, logic puzzles rekindled the fire of genius inside his brain and scones for sustenance. He had long ceased to consume what we would deem a ‘normal’ diet, but scones he would consume, a dozen a day.

Our treatment, perhaps, brought him back to a previously unknown level of cognition. One day, when a nurse walked out to the fields to deliver his scones, the caravan was gone. The only breadcrumb trail we could follow was a virtual one. Using the residents’ computers, Jorja had been searching his own name, for tales of his success. However, what he found was something quite different. A son, with his name and a relatively successful architecture and design firm. We believe this is what he’s gone in search of. But all this may be in vain. The source of this information does not look like it can be trusted. The blog, having previously been owned by a fashion designer, has now been filled with strange diary entries and notes all seemingly connected. A Liverpool SEO & internet marketing company appears to be at the centre of all of this, but what they have to do with Jorga is beyond this psychiatrist.

All I ask of you is that you look out for him, for Estevez and his family. Jorga has no living son on record, but he has convinced himself that he has one. Likewise Estevez seems to want a Father figure more than anything, this unbridled desire could end badly. Above all, Jorga must be stopped from continuing his work. If he fails in reviving his design career it could well be the end of him and Estevez.

Yours Sincerely

 

Dr. Henrik Stunfnassen

Priory Tree-side Institute for the Unwell

Mary’s Log – A Wife’s Perspective

05.07.16

Stevie has been troubled lately. Work has not been consistent, and some clients are taking their time paying us for previous jobs. Our finances are still under control, his mind always on his work; he often thinks they are worse than they are simply because he doesn’t understand them like I do. He came home from the office today in an excitable mood, claiming that he’d found his Father. A phone call later and the man was on his way to our home, I hope this isn’t the beginning of another manic phase for my kind, compassionate husband.

07.07.16

The camper van is an old battered thing, God knows what the neighbours are thinking. Peeking out through the curtains, I get a glimpse of a huge bushy grey beard but nothing else. Stevie tells me the old man is shy, and that he is my Father-in-Law. He seems quite certain, despite not seeing any proof. He’s always wondered about his Father but has never looked for him, as long as the man means him no ill will I suppose there’s no harm. The children have always asked about their Grandfather and now they have one!

09.07.16

jorji caravanHaving spent an unbroken 48 hours inside that tiny caravan, I decided to rouse the old man parked in our drive today. There’s shyness and then there’s reclusive behaviour, and the latter is not healthy for anyone. Bringing him a cup of coffee, I knocked on the door – waiting a few minutes, I heard shambling and clattering from within the yellowing vehicle. Finally he emerged, the open door releasing a pungent smell of sour milk and stale cake. He looked confused, almost frightened. Taking him by the arm, I led him out of his makeshift house and into our home. Perhaps my heart is too kind.

10.07.16

Jorja is obsessed with our kitchen. Its still missing some cabinets and flooring, a work in progress you could say. He spent the whole of yesterday measuring up the MDF units, assessing the kitchen laminate wooden flooring for signs of wear and tear. A strange quirk no doubt, I told him we bought the whole thing from a company called Finsa. Between
recording measurements and sketching designs, he talks excitedly about extensions and conservatories. Never before have I seen a man so enamoured with domestic design and kitchen woodarchitecture, it really is quite endearing. Although his intent may well have been selfish to start with, I believe my kindness might have softened his heart. He has been lonely for a long time and now he has a home, and I’m pleased to have him here.

 

Father Jorja, acrylics, c. 2012

Estranged Father for Estevez

I have a Father, or so I am led to believe. A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from an elderly man who was overcome with excitement and optimism. He told me that an exciting new period of my life was about to begin, that my career was about to receive a much needed shot of creativity and that I would be coming in to a lot of money in the near future. This was good news, and I was more than willing to accept it as gospel. Recently my design firm had been struggling, with news of an upcoming recession on the horizon, new builds and redesigns were scarce. Business had been quiet this year and I was starting to worry that I might need to actively seek out other forms of income.

Father Jorja, acrylics, c. 2012
Grandfather Jorja, acrylics, c. 2012

Mary was doing marvellously well with the finances, being a creative type I’ve never had a head for them. Even with the kids’ uniforms, mortgage, bills and other such things; she still managed to find the time and money to make wonderfully

creative and delicious meals for us. Despite the worries of running the business, I can always relax in the company of my family; and now it appears that we have a new member to join us!

My Mother told me, when I was very young, that my Father was a cowardly artist who had abandoned her in her time of need. Once a promising young graphic

Marco, Mary and Maude in the garden c. 2010
Marco, Mary and Maude in the garden c. 2010

artist, in a time before the social acceptance of abortions, she was essentially forced into raising me alone and ostracised from the community. She loved me nonetheless, but never failed to impress on me the selfish nature of my erstwhile Father, and how I should be a good Dad to my children. She’s no longer with us now, so there’s no way to really prove that he is who he says he is (other than a DNA test which he refuses to take, due to a fear of hospitals). Despite her misgivings, I know my Mother was a good person who would’ve wanted her Grandchildren to know their Grandfather. That is why I have invited him to park his strange mobile home in our drive.

Mary does not approve. She peers through the curtains at him now as I write this, but she’s a patient and kind

woman, and will grow to love him. As will my sons, as will I. Estevez has a Daddy now to make a happy family, and he’s never been more excited.

spanish estevez

New Son, New Business, New Life

Having recently come in to the possession of a brand new son, I am starting to feel like I have a new lease on life. For years, hidden away in my inner sanctum, surrounded by piles of completed sudoku books and covered in scone crumbs; I thought I had nothing. Little did I know that a son was growing, learning and building a future. Not just for himself, but for me too.

spanish estevez
Estevez Wilki c. 2016

At the tender age of 37, Estevez is still a little rambunctious and eager. Upon discovering his existence in the world of Architecture; I knew that he would need a steady hand to guide him through, what would be, a successful but perilous career. The world of interior art and design is a strange and dangerous one. Odd lascivious characters abound, beckoning the uninitiated into dark games of fantasy and desire. I remember my time spent at the London School of Design as if it were only yesterday. The end of the fifties were a time of rebirth and the Art Schools were starting to fill up with ambitious young men and women, eager to change the world.

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Mrs. Wilki peeking c. 2016

That is how I met Estevez’ mother, apparently. He showed me a picture of her when I met him for coffee, last week. A pretty thing, a shame I couldn’t recall her. It matters little. What matters is that now, in the twilight of my years, I have a son to impress my experience and convictions of life upon. Every son needs his Father, especially during his thirties, a difficult time for many. Having been doing solid work for the past ten years, and receiving acclaim for a great deal of it, I would like to push him to the creative levels that I reached in my prime.

The sky is the limit for the two of us, together there is nothing that can stop us. Having lived life on the road for the past few years, it will be good to settle back down to a domestic style of life. Estevez has a wife and two children of his own to support, but I have already told him my thoughts on the place of family in a young Architect’s career; namely that one does not exist. The only way I could hit the stratospheric heights that I did, was without the familial distractions of the everyman. Something Estevez is all too aware of. My mobile home is now parked in his drive. As I write this, I see his queer wife peeking through the curtains with disdain. I recognise the look of fear in her eyes, she has leeched off my son’s greatness for long enough, it is time to set him free.