Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Gina Mae Callen would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Visiting Hours

By Gina Mae Callen

Other / Mystery

Visiting Hours

Drip, Drip, Drip…. Tony looked at the IV in his arm followed the tubing all the way down to the cannula in his hand.

It was sore and it itched, but eleven-year-old Tony DiNozzo said nothing.

He had not even complained when they flushed the cannula and the saline had burned up his arm to his neck.

He lay staring at the ceiling mentally counting down in his head, Five, Four, Three, Two, One…...RING!

The bell announcing visiting hours rang, for a second he allowed his eyes to flicker with a glint of hope towards the door as the other parents started to flood in.

Then it began… 

Having to smile at the well-meaning nurses who said "Don't worry I'm sure mommy and daddy are coming."

Well Mommy was not coming she had been dead for three years and daddy was definitely not coming.

It was his last drinking session that had put Tony in the hospital.

Although officially, Anthony DiNozzo. Senior, was out of the country having hopped on his private jet the second he saw his son's battered body lying on the floor in his hallway, where he had thrown the boy over the railing at his country estate in yet another fit of rage.


The other kids got cards, balloons and teddies. 

Tony knew he was never going to get any of these things…They were for good kids.

He was in hospital because HE had made his father mad. 

He should have known better than to ask his father if cook could make him a birthday cake.

So Tony watched hungrily as the other moms and dads hugged their kids, while trying to remain as inconspicuous as possible.

He ignored their pitying looks as it became obvious to other parents that he was not getting any visitors.


A young Marine in uniform walked over to him.

"Hey kid, are you ok?" he asked glancing back at his wife and daughter.

"I'm fine, thank you Sir." Tony answered not meeting his eyes.

"My daughter asked me to give this to you, his name is Pete." The Marine said handing him the small stuffed bear.

"Thank you sir," Tony said politely. 

It was the first present he could remember getting in years. "Thank you," Tony said to the little girl.

"Kelly," She said by way of introduction with a scratchy voice and she pointed to her throat. "Tonsils." She said.

"Oh?" Tony replied having no idea what tonsils were. "I fell down." Was all he dared say by way of a reply.

The Marine and his young wife smiled at the young boy and kissed their daughter. "Are you ready to come home Kels?" The Marine asked his child.

Kelly nodded as she put the last of her 'get well' cards into a bag.

"Bye Tony." She croaked as she left the hospital with her parents.

"Bye…" Tony whispered he turned his face away and clung to the bear like a lifeline during the rest of his stay.

Three weeks later Tony picked up his bag as his fathers lawyer and driver arrived to pick him up from the hospital.

He hid the teddy.


~~~Nearly Thirty years later ~~~


Gibbs was helping Tony redecorate his apartment.

He was clearing out the back of the built-in wardrobe and he moved a box in the back of Tony's wardrobe when Pete fell out.

"Pete!" Tony exclaimed and he quickly moved to pick him up.

He looked at Gibbs expecting ridicule from his boss, that his SFA still owned a teddy bear.

Instead, Gibbs looked shocked; "Pete?"  he said as a flood of memories assailed him all at once.

Tony's eyes shot up to meet his bosses surprised.

"That was you?" They both said at the same time.

Gibbs looked at Pete. "I brought him for Kelly just after she was born…..she died a month after she gave Pete to you." He said quietly.

"I'm sorry Boss." Tony said, ashamed he had brought this painful memory up for his Boss.

"No Tony, I'm sorry I didn't help you." Gibbs said.

"B...But Boss, you did!" Tony told him surprised. "Pete helped me through the toughest time in my life…my childhood." Tony smiled, "Thanks Boss" he said as he reverently placed Pete on his bed.

Gibbs turned and left the room as the front door knocked.

"DiNozzo…PIZZA!" Gibbs yelled.

Tony took one last look at Pete, smiled and went in search of food.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, Gina Mae Callen
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

ArgyrisMetaxas: Thrilling story which builds layer ontop of layer. A few mis spellings every few chapters. What I found special was that it took a modern day problem and took it to its logical conclusion and plays this realism with gritting precision. I'm always on edge ready to shout from adrenaline. This is gr...

Lydia Sherrer: I first read The Speaker almost a decade ago when I first discovered author Sandra Leigh. I loved it then, and I still love it now. It is a simple, easy read, yet deep in meaning and rich in storyline. I do not know what kind of research or prior knowledge Leigh has of First Nation tribes, but sh...

dd1226: I love reading about other countries and I think this story about Cambodia after Polpot creates awareness of the tragedy that happened there and the actions of the U.N. to hold elections. The heroine of the story is easy to relate to, a modern, middleaged woman looking for an adventure, wanting t...

JanThompson: This book gives a beautiful description of a country which one rarely gets to see. The contrast between rich and poor is very evident too.The storyline actually sheds a compelling light on why women in certain countries sell themselves just to help their families or even to survive themselves. I ...

Spring: I normally don't read fiction novels, but I absolutely enjoyed reading Silent Shadows! The style is quite different from the previous fiction novels I've attempted to read. Great job!

Krupa Kataria: the detailing is really awesome ....the characters, ur plots jst too Awsm ,m waiting for the further chapters please do complete it ...like m really craving for those ones ...great job with words too ..please complete the further parts ...

borkarprasad: Story was overall a good experience. I liked that the truth unraveled slowly and kept me in edge every time I changed the chapter. I would love to read more volumes to this legacy and be glad to read it from a published book. Great work!!!!!!!!!

skittles: Personally you've captivated my whole mind to this story. i can't wait to read the sequel! Your writing style is greater than most authors and the details and thoughts you've incorporated into the character are splendid. Hands down the best thing Iv'e read of all my years. Why isn't this a book I...

farziex3: I think this novel is perfect because it had erotic, romance, and towards the end was a twist so I was just on the edge of my seat reading this book. It was honestly really amazing. I haven't found a book I actually liked to read for almost 2-3 years and this was a great book to start off. Makes ...

More Recommendations

ryder: This is an excellent read. From beginning to end the author showed his creative and imaginative writing skills. Twists and turns, surprises, humor, and sorrow: This book has it all. I strongly recommend this book, and I am already recommending it to my friends.

Jan Imonti: Loved the story, but didn't like the delivery...had to read this on my computer on line. Wasn't able to download it to my kindle. Excellent story, lots of twists and turns. Fairly quick read. Love the versitility of Mitchell's writing. Keep up with the great mysteries.

RodRaglin: Your writing is very good, Rachel, but remember you also have to entertain the reader and in that regard it's a bit sparse in action and dialogue.Consider when revising...When starting a new story always consider your protagonist's Goal - what they want; Motivation - why they want it; and, Confli...

Animeviewer: It is one of the best stories I've ever read. This story will have you riding a roller coaster of emotions and nearly dying to know what happens next.You will get very attached to the characters and in my case I relate well with some of their very traumatic or emotional experiences, Just Juliet f...

nikole carr: After starting and stopping several books tonight, this book caught my attention from the very beginning and i stayed up until 6 a.m. to finish reading. The plot has many twists and the sexual scenes keep it interesting, too. im a florida native so the Caribbean location is fun to read about. th...

Ali Albazaz: I started reading "Caged" few hours ago and I'm on chapter 7 now. Caged is definitely one of the most addictive stories I've ever read. Thank you so much for writing this novel.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.