A Trip to The Mall

Chapter 44 I get home from work and fall into bed without showering first. Troubled about Corey, and tired from a long nightshift, I toss and turn through fragments of terrible dreams I can’t remember. After several hours I give up all hope of restful sleep, and lie awake in the darkened room. The extra […]

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The Wrong Side of a Sentinel Event Review (Niki empathizes)

Chapter 40 I woke up in Raquel’s and Grant’s guest room when a bright shaft of morning light slipped between the honeycombed shades and into my eyes. This never happens at home where I’ve installed black out shades in my bedroom, because I work night shift. My hand, tingly-numb from sleeping on it, reaches for […]

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Seeking Justice (Niki reviews a nurse’s notes)

Chapter 37 In the conference room, Grant gives a brief explanation of the case I’m to review: “According to the ER record, the parents reported their three-year old wasn’t interested in eating for a couple of days and when he stopped drinking fluids too they became concerned, bringing him to the hospital’s ER. A temperature […]

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It’s What I Want (Niki gets a phone call)

Chapter 35  I’m happily vacuuming my living room, thinking about a conversation Corey and I had last night during a quick break at work. “Sheila was really calm when I told her I want a divorce. I think it’s all going to be okay. She isn’t happy either. We agreed she and the girls will […]

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You Do Important Work (Niki Makes a Purchase)

Chapter 32 The photo shoot progressed in ‘hurry up and wait’ format. We patiently stood in front of the camera while lights were adjusted, and the angles of our faces repositioned, dressed in brightly colored scrubs, with improved, professionally applied make up. Even the male nurse’s eyebrows were shaped with pencil, and he had concealer […]

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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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