Buy Yourself Another One (Foraging for food on night shift)

Chapter 27 While getting ready for work I struggle over wearing my hair loose around my shoulders, foregoing the usual scrunchy-bound topknot I wear when I haven’t bothered to wash it. “Pull it together, jeez,” I reprimand myself. “He’s still married. Don’t set yourself up like this.” Pulling into the staff parking lot, I look […]

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A Mid-Tone Grey

Chapter 26 With his body wrapped around mine, Corey falls asleep before I do. Outside, the bright morning sun filters through the heavy window drapery, illuminating the bedroom to a mid-tone grey. I watched him sleep, wondering what will happen next. As if he feels my gaze touching him, Corey wakes with a start, realizes […]

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He’s Not Here For Omelets (Eggs are broken)

Chapter 25 Corey’s car is in my rear view mirror the entire drive home. For a moment I ask myself, “What are you doing?” but the thought is overcome by that floaty, out-of-body feeling I get sometimes. From here on out, I’m both audience and actor in a disconnected state. I park in the driveway, […]

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Follow Me Home (Niki changes her mind)

Chapter 24 Liz and I stop talking about my patient once we enter the elevator.  We leave the hospital, walking to the staff parking lot together. “Who’s that standing by your car, Niki?” “I’m not sure. It looks like Corey.” It is Corey. He sees us. “Hey Corey,” Liz says. “How was your shift?” “The […]

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It Makes Me Shudder (When the line between victim & perpetrator blurs)

 Chapter 23  The police officer stands silently in the doorway of my patient’s room, watching as I listen to her chest with my stethoscope. Her breath sounds are clear and equal on both sides. Next, I check the tube threaded through her nose into her stomach. It’s draining dark green fluid into a suction canister […]

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