Bruises Not Scratches (Niki Discovers Something Unsettling)

Chapter 58 “Raquel, it was absolute mayhem. The little dog took off down the hall after the bunny, and then the charge nurse called Security to help round them up. Of course, Security didn’t have any idea of what to do. Eventually, two officers cornered the animals, grabbed Rocket, and the pet therapist gathered up […]

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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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Small and Scattered (Niki makes another decision)

Chapter 20 The next day was Saturday. Simon and a buddy drove the rig with the jet skis back to the dealer. I hadn’t slept well. I kept telling myself: It’s no big deal; anyone can have a lapse in judgment. People spend more money than they make all the time. I shouldn’t get so […]

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