It’s that time again, thirty days hath and all that. The last month has been nuts, and it doesn’t look as if October is going to get any better–at least not on the surface. I may need to start planing so I can get through the month with all my intact.
Not much writing last night because . . . honestly, I was in the middle of an emotional meltdown for most of the evening. Hormones: what can you say? They can bite you hard at times, and it’s usually the Monday after my Friday injection that I start feeling the hammer drop. But I pulled out just long enough to get a good thirty minutes in and pen all of the follow: Annie in the Aftermath of the Morgue Comment . . .
(All excerpts, this page, from The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced, copyright 2013, 2014, by Cassidy Frazee)
Annie sat and ran Coraline’s last statement back a few more times: Someone not as smart would have put themselves in the morgue. And as the head nurse had said, she knew it to be true—just as she knew that Kerry was responsible for all his actions that led to where he was now. It didn’t do any good to blame Emma for his condition, because there were any number of things that could have put them next to The Diamond that wouldn’t have had anything to do with an idea she dreamt up. He could have ran when Emma was attacked—what did Nurse Thebe say? Abominations create a fight or flight reaction. Kerry decided to fight. He fought a creature that was scaring him to death, and would have killed him given the chance. And the whole time he managed to keep his wits about him to save Emma and fly off and have his accident . . .
“You should be dead.” Annie leaned forward, watching Kerry’s quiet, sleeping face. “You’re not because you struggled to stay alive and won.” She slid her chair towards the bed so she could run her fingers over his exposed right hand. “You came back to me; I know why. I wish you could talk. I wish you could tell me I helped keep you alive, that you were thinking of me—”
“Okay.” Annie quickly pulled away from Kerry and sat back as Coraline silently appeared at the foot of his bed. She glanced between Annie and Kerry before continuing what she was going to say. “Here’s what’s going to happen: first, you and I are going to get diner, and don’t tell me know, because I’m pulling my my Chief Medical Officer rank here and ordering you to get something to eat.” Coraline crossed her arms in a self satisfied way. “That means you can’t say no—you got it?”
Annie nodded slowly. “Yes, Nurse Coraline.”
“After that, you and I are going to head over to your tower—”
“Why?” Annie was almost ready to bound out of her chair, ready to challenge her.
“Because you need to pick up your pajamas, your robe and slippers—” Coraline shrugged. “Maybe your tooth and hair brush . . . ‘cause you’ll need need those if you’re gonna spend the night here and keep an eye on him—” She pointed at Kerry. “From there.” She pointed at Bed #1 behind Annie.
Wait, what’s this? Annie gets an overnight in the hospital?
Just hope I can get thought the night in the right mind so you can find out tomorrow.