FULL MOON BLUES
"Wait a sec, I'm being dragged into this |
Dixie's look could melt steel. "And
You should at least make an appearance as
the head of Emergency Services-Rampart ;
show your appreciation for all the hard work
your two best paramedics and their stationmates
done for us.. Especially this week. Kel, have
you seen their run sheets? They been frought
fatalities..or else, it's those crazy dumpster fires.
That's bound to be more than just a little frustrating
don't you think?"
"Oh, all right. I guess I can bring a bottle of
wine or two over for a few
hours.." Brackett sighed,
giving in to peer pressure.
"Well all right.." Dix said. "Now we
to come up with some entertainment."
Mike Morton said, "I can always bring my
"You sing?" Joe said, almost spitting out his
coffee. Brackett tossed him a napkin or
clean up before the dribble reached
his collar and white jacket.
"A little.." Morton said defensely
arms. But his smile was mild as he regarded
his colleagues. "I do a fair job."
"I sing too, doctor. " Dixie grinned. "And I'd
be honored if you'd let me sit in on a few
"Be my guest.."
"Then that's that.." Joe Early said.
Everyone took his cue and rose
seats, eyeing the time running out for their
"I'll let you know
what time this Saturday
boys.." Dixie said as they dispersed back
into the hallway and to their
John looked up when he felt a
"A minute ten. Twenty two breaths
Gage." Chet said, whispering
newspaper at the table.
"That's how long and how often Marco
with the O2 earlier man. You
said you wanted to know.."
"Oh, yeah. Right. Thanks Chet. Seems
have worked. He's speaking more
clearly and that cough of his has been
more assist in the bag.." Chet
said happily secretive. "His mother will
thank us for going through
of fussing like this."
"Yeah, she's the one who called Roy
asking him to check out Marco yesterday
night before we all went to bed."
talked to Rose Marie Lopez?"
John said with amusement. "I don't even
think I've ever met her.."
"Yes, sweet old thing. And we had a nice
conversation too.." Chet said. "Seems
Marco's in the
market for moving out of
the house and into an apartment for the
two of them.."
Roy said, munching on a bagel.
"No, just getting closer to assisted care
mother. She says she's getting on and
would like someone to come in every
so often to
help her out so Marco can
free up more of his time to live his own
"She told you that?" Johnny asked,|
in a whisper.
"Yeah, man. Like I said, she's a sweet little
old lady who'll talk your ear off just as
much as she'll fill your stomach with
food you can die
for.." Kelly admitted.
"Oh. Maybe we should ah, should ..ah, help
them out to find ...a place
like that, Roy.." John said
when Chet retreated back into his funnies
section. "What do you think...?"
he said uncomfortably
rubbing a non existent ache in his neck.
"Johnny, don't even go there.
how private Marco gets with his personal life.
If we're having this much trouble getting
cared for following fires, what kind of trouble
do you think we'll get into prying into his
affairs?" Roy asked reasonably.
"Well I don't know. I.. I just think we should
him, that's all.." Johnny grinned and frowned
with no confidence..
"Uh huh.. Easier said than
done buddy boy.." Roy
said, and he turned back to his snack, trying not
to catch an irresistable
snooze that seemed to
be creeping up on him in the background.
The noon day sun started streaming
window onto the couch and Bonnie stretched
out underneath it luxuriously lengthening
limbs and moaning with a contented whine.
Cap quieted her with affectionate scratches on
her belly without looking around his incident reports.
"Nice job all , on the squad. We're back in
Marco piped up from the water glass he was
sipping gingerly. As yet, Johnny's herbal
was untouched. "Anything to keep Brice out
of the station.." he quipped. Then he coughed
few times, clearing loosening phlegm from his
Johnny and Roy both cocked an ear to hear
how those noises had sounded. Then the two
paramedics both pursed their lips in grins of success
behind their newspaper pages. Things sounded
way better for Lopez.
The phone rang and Captain
Stanley rose to
answer it. "LA County Fire Department. This
is Captain Stanley... uh, huh.. " he
as he listened to his caller. "Uh,.. hang on.."
He turned to the other guys and said.....
From : Katherine Bird <email@example.com>
Subject : [EmergencyTheaterLive]
Date : Fri, 18 Oct 2002 21:42:50 +0100 (BST)
"Gage,.. it's a Lydia Montegeaux,
San Bernadino, inside our district..."
For some reason, Cap was beaming ear to
Johnny shot up from his chair quickly to
snatch the phone away from Cap to cover
before the entire company erupted
into cat calls and hoots and whistles.
way to go Gage."
"Is this that chick you were trying to call
last night? Man she must be really
you Gage to call back after you didn't."
"Another date? Hey fellas, five dollars down
he doesn't arrange dinner plans during this
phonecall. Put your gatas where your boca is.."
in.." Mike said, pulling out his wallet and
throwing down a crisp five where Marco was
on the table top vigorously.
Cap just threw up his hands. "You guys
are relentless.. Now cut
that out.. Give the
man some privacy.."
They ignored Cap because he was still
even Roy threw down a rumpled
bill on top of Chet, Marco and Mike's.
John shot acid towards
them all ,
hunching over around the mouthpiece
of the phone, turning his back towards the
of the gang after hissing a few indignant
warnings to them all to hush down. Then
changed his tone of voice.
"Uh, Lydia, Hi sweety. *Smooch* I love
you too. How's your arm today?
The doctors give you a big cast? Wow,
I can just imagine. " he paused and his
into a big smile as he
slipped into a bonafide protective mode
with his voice.
piped down when they realized
that Gage was talking to a little girl of
all things. All their mouths
then one by one, they all retrieved their
betting money back thoughtfully as they
or less politely easedropped.
Mike started guessing. "Is this a kid
you and Johnny had on a
Roy shook his head and shrugged.
Chet said, "Cap, why didn't you tell us
was a little girl on the phone.."
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