Harriman Nelson's Journal

My Friend Lee-page 37
The Creamsickle
The Invitation
Bike Week
The Java Connection
Lee's Tattoo
My Friend Lee-page 33
My Friend Lee-page 34
My Friend Lee-page 35
My Friend Lee-Page 36
My Friend Lee-page 37
My Friend Lee-page 38
My Friend Lee-page 39
My Friend Lee-page 40
My Friend Lee-page 41
My Friend Lee page 42
My Friend Lee-page 43
My Friend Lee -page 44
My Friend Lee-page 25
My Friend Lee-Page 26
My Friend Lee-Page 27
My Friend Lee-Page 28
My Friend Lee -page 29
My Friend Lee -page 30
My Friend Lee-page 31
My Friend Lee-page 32
My Friend Lee-page 24
My Friend Lee-page 23
My Friend Lee- page22
My Friend Lee-page 21
My Friend Lee-page 20
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My Friend Lee-page 18
My Friend Lee page 17
My Friend Lee-page 16
A Short Story
A 'Harry Halloween'
My Friend Lee-page 15
My Friend Lee-page 14
My Friend Lee-page 13
My Friend Lee-page 12
My Friend Lee-page 11
My Friend Lee-page 10
My Friend Lee-page 9
My Friend Lee-Page 8
My Friend Lee-page 7
My Friend Lee-page 6
My Friend Lee-Page 5
Life With Lee-page 4
Life with Lee- page 2
Life with Lee-page 3
Reflections-the 'In Between Years'
My photo-scrapbook album
About Me



I was bone tired from my long trip from Washington to Norfolk to some flattops until one of their helicopters was in range of Seaview. Being dropped by chopper on a less than calm sea to the waiting boat below was no picnic, let me tell you. For me or the entire crew. Wonderful boat that Seaview is, no submarine is designed to be a surface craft and I could imagine Doc or Frank handing out the Dramamine by the bucketful’s.


I was also worried about my boys.  The latest update I’d had, relayed by the chopper pilot from Sparks was that both the Captain and XO had been injured from some kind of accident in the ventilation shafts, one by fire, and the other by some kind of head trauma.


My fevered mind was in overdrive as I jumped off the ladder into the Control Room, a bit higher off  the rungs than normal, wrenching my knee in the process. Swell. Now I was injured too.  But, at least I’d be near Lee and Chip.


“They’re okay, sir,” O’Brien said as he ordered Ski to accompany me.

“Really sir,” the crewman offered his arm to help steady me as I limped along, and began to fill me in on what he knew.


At first I wondered if what he had  was just rumor and scuttlebutt. Morton injected himself with the tranquilizer instead of Crane? And Crane dragged the drunk like XO through the shafts while yelling at the top of his lungs for help  about the killer spiders after them.


“Before you say anything,” Doc held up a hand as we entered, “they’re fine.  Chip had a little accident with the tranquilizer and we  put him in  his cabin to rest. He should be waking up soon. Lee is convinced we’re lying about there not being any spiders aboard that can make themselves invisible. Chip must’ve really convinced him. Now, let’s take a look at that knee…”

“Where is Lee?”

“With Admiral Starke in the Nose,” Doc sighed.

“Do I sense some kind of problem?”

“Sir…it’s not my place…but…”

“Out with it.”

“Well, frankly sir, he’s been trying to mold Lee into his own image. Filling his head with all sorts of Navy do’s and don’ts with no exceptions. Lee’s torn between what he wants to believe and what Starke’s told him to believe. Can’t even let the crew call him Skipper, ‘cause it’s not appropriate due to the circumstances, as Starke told him. Hold still,” Doc admonished as he finished examining me.

“You’ll live. Here,” he handed me some ointment, “this heat rub will help. You’ll be good as new in a couple of days. Try to stay off that leg; here’s a crutch…Admiral? I think you’d better know that for awhile  Lee had been saying he’d be better off dead, not being anyone anymore…but after the spider incident, I think he showed us that he was pretty determined to go on living…even if he had to grow up all over again.”



“Jiggs, we need to talk,” I approached my friend not much later, “Now.”

“You must be Admiral Nelson!” Lee stood and pulled on my sleeve, “I’ve seen pictures of you! She’s your boat! You gotta’ get rid of the spiders! Nobody else will!”

“For the last time, Lee,” Jiggs said, “there are no spiders!  Morton was just trying to frighten you out of the ventilation shaft.”

“I saw them!”

 “Don’t lie,” Jiggs told him.

“Wait a moment,” I  said, as calmly as I could, “there are several unsolved mysteries and as a scientist, we can’t just dismiss this. In the meantime, we need have a little talk, Jiggs. Lee, would you mind staying here alone for a few minutes?”

“You’re the boss.”

“Come along Jiggs. This won’t take long…”



Suffice it to say, after my chat, I returned to the Nose without my friend. Lee was industriously drawing…something…

“Hungry?” I asked, as I tried figured out the drawing was of his imaginary and ghastly spiders.

“I guess.”

“Really, Lee, you have to learn to trust me. Now, tell me the truth, are you hungry?”


“Okay, then. Now come along and tell me all about your experience….”I ruffled his hair, feeling the obvious patch that had burnt.  Lola wasn’t going to like that at all.


As we entered the Wardroom, Cookie asked if he could serve us personally. A rare privilege, even for me.

 “I’ll have my favorite.”

 “Me too,” Lee said, “what he’s having.”

“Hold it,” I raised an eyebrow, “do you really want liver and onions? Have you ever had it before?”

“I don’t remember..”

“Look, I’ll make a deal with you. You can have a bite of mine. If you like it, fine, we’ll order one for you. If not, though, you order something you’d rather have. Deal?”

“Okay. You’re the boss.”

“I’m also your friend…and my friends call me Harry.”

“You’re nothing like Admiral Starke!” Lee lit up visibly,  as Cookie quickly brought out my order along with two forks.

“Go ahead,” I cut him a piece.

His face went through various expressions. Finally, he said, a bit contrite, “Can I have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?”

“Sure thing Skipper…er…I mean…” Cookie tried to correct himself.

“It’s quite okay to call him Skipper,” I admonished. “It’s his name. Right, Lee?”

“But Admiral Starke..”

“Let’s just forget about what Starke’s been telling you. My boat, my rules…”

“Okay, but I’m still not the Captain.”

“Granted, you’re not presently the Captain. Skipper, however, also qualifies as a name, it's not just a term for the master of a boat.”

 “For real, Harry, or are you just trying to make Cookie and me feel better?”

 “For real, Lee. Hmm. How about some chocolate milk to go with my meal, Cookie?”

“Yes sir.”

“Me too!” Lee said, as I’d hoped,  then added, “for real,” with a grin. Then he pondered something and I could swear his eyes changed color at that very moment,  “How can you even like me since I lost my memory? I’m nobody.

“You may have lost your memory, Lee, and it might not  come back as much as we’d all like it to,  but you’re not a nobody. And you never lost your soul. And that’s what matters. ”

“For real, Harry?”

“For real,  my son, for real. “


Seaview will finish the last of her equipment tests tomorrow and then we can head home and to the team of shrinks itching to get their hands on Lee.  I’m not sure if I’ll let him know that there are no such things as invisible spiders yet. It might be better to let him tell me that.


But no matter what the outcome, admitting he’d been duped by Chip, or the specialists giving us bad news regarding the amnesia, one thing’s for certain. My son’s no longer lost. At least, not to me.