Subject: The Last Hours?
Sent: Fri 11/02/07 9:48 PM
It didn't take long for the engine
and squad to respond to the
address for an 'unknown type rescue'. The small house and yard had
better days, but still had the feel of a well loved home.
A woman appeared on the porch as the
sirens announced Station 51's
"What do you want?" The woman demanded the moment
Cap started up the
walkway. "I didn't call you."
"We had a report of someone needing help
here." replied Cap kindly
as the others came up to the porch. "Is everything all right?"
neighbors..." the woman mumbled, then sighed. "Thanks for
coming, but there is nothing you can do.
Everything that can be
done, has been done."
Just as Cap opened his mouth to ask what she
meant, a loud alarm came
from inside the house. The woman flew back into her home, leaving
door open. Roy and Johnny both knew the sound well. They had
heard it at Rampart and it wasn't good.
They all entered the open
It was a bit of a surprise see a well equipped hospital room in what |
once must have been the living
room. The woman was standing by the
hospital bed, her back to the men. "It's okay, Harry. I'm here.
You pulled one of the EKG leads off again. Did you get jealous
because I was talking to a bunch
of good looking firemen?"
A half choking, half chuckle came from the man in the bed.
we are paramedics..." Roy began, but was cut off.
"I know what you are, but you aren't taking
him to the hospital."
the woman stated. "He has end-stage cancer and only a day left,
few hours. He wants to die at home, not in some sterile
hospital. We've been in too many of them
over the last two years.
You can't have him, not now."
The woman was getting agitated and
bordering on hysterics when Mike
stepped up. "Barb? It's me, Mike."
"M..Mike?" stuttered Barb.
"You can't let them take Harry. You
know when he started treatments that I promised him if they didn't
work, I'd be with him in the end at home. You can't take him!"
"The three of us have been
friends for a long time. I know what
Harry wants. We talked about it before...." said Mike in a calm
voice, while looking at Cap. "... well, the last time we beached it
in the dune buggy. Why don't
we go into the kitchen and get a glass
of water. You need to sit down for a minute. Roy and John
watch after Harry for a few minutes."
Cap nodded his approval as Mike led Barb to another
room. She was
crying and holding onto Mike's arm like it was her lifeline. The
whole time she
muttered sadly, "You can't have him." over and over
again like a mantra.
Roy decided they
would contact Rampart afterJohnny checked the
machines hooked up to the dying man. Chet stood by
to assist if
needed, while Marco and Cap went to see about Mike and Barb.
Cap wondered. ::How
close was his engineer to this couple? Why
hadn't he mentioned having a friend who was so ill?::
From: "Erin J." <email@example.com>
and "Patti" <firstname.lastname@example.org> in
a tandemly written story posting.
Nov 18, 2007 5:03 pm
Subject: The Final Fight
When the others were gone, Roy and Johnny made
to minimize their presence officially by leaving their medical
gear sitting by the front
A slight gesture with their eyes, set Chet Kelly to guard and
attend it until
they could learn about any existence of legal
papers concerning the terminally ill man.
Gage folded up his stethoscope and stuffed it into
his jacket pocket, the pale eyes physically relaxed
their pain. A feeble hand tapped the bed, twice, in
gently, both firemen took off their helmets and set
them onto their laps so they could sit on either
side of the
bed's edges, to join him.
Roy dropped all formality and adopted an open and honest
candidness while Johnny instinctively eyed up the treatment
measures in place discreetly. "So, it's
been a long time."
DeSoto said in greeting.
Harry managed to cough. "L-Long enough. I.. I've
accepted the facts.. the way they are. My....only regret, is
that she's-- Nothing now,
makes her happy any more."
he said weakly.
Gage absently tapped the regulator on the flowing
tank, adding comfort for comfort's sake to his laboring lungs.
"You must love Barb very
much to be fighting so long."
The man's eyes darted for the first time from their tightened
calm to the door through which his wife had been led.
"Oh, yes.." he said, tearing up. "Very much.
know it's time." His voice cut off as a spasm of pain wracked
his body. He grimaced.
Gage gripped his hand, offering its warmth to the bony fingers,
offering serenity in his face.
"Is it too bad right now?"
Again, the head pressed against the ample pillows, and nodded
"But I don't want her to see it. " he begged. "This has been
such a...horrible disease. She's....so
Roy smiled, finally deciding that the cancer was in his bones.
"I only wish my wife,
were half as devoted." DeSoto whispered
A laughing glimmer of affection made it past
the pain in the
bright blue of the man's eyes. "Barb's my life. Still is... And I'm
of the past tense she'll have to start telling folks about
me, tomorrow." Harry gasped. "I know she's
gonna hurt, even
worse than I do now."
DeSoto refolded a blanket that had fallen in Barb's
haste to return
order to the monitors methodically displaying Harry's core vitals. "Where's
nurse? You've several venous catheters from what we can see."
Roy wondered a moment, before pulling
the sheet back up under the
man's chin, to rewarm him.
Harry cackled wetly.
There's.. there's no point is there? Someone like that nurses
life and I'm a hopeless case. She was
nineteen, fresh out of her clinicals,
far too innocent for me. I was to be her first loss. We decided
didn't want to be her number one." said the man. "That wouldn't be
a good legacy at all."
Roy nodded respectfully, taking full measure of the man's pain on his soul.
He noticed what Johnny
was doing. And approved. Then he spoke. "Nothing
will be set before Barb, that she can't handle, because
life just doesn't ever
work that way. For anybody. And I sincerely believe that." DeSoto told Harry
Sudden bright tears flooded anew in the dying man's eyes. "Ah, but she's
going to be
so lonely without me." he sobbed, his veneer of strength cracking.
Gage flipped a switch to silence
the tachycardia alarm, before it went off
as the pulse he could barely feel under Harry's sweaty skin
began to race.
He had noticed the collection of framed pictures surrounding the bed, and
burning logs in the fire place. "She'll have the kids. They're not here
now, but they will be. For
the both of ya, right?"
Harry's face faltered with remembered sting. "I asked them not to come.
Not until after. I don't want my grandkids to see me this way as their
strongest memory of me.
They're all still too young to ....understand what
death is.." he declared.
Marco walked into
the kitchen not long after Mike and Barb. Mike said,
"Hey Mike, you doing okay?"
"Yeah. Barb, let me introduce you to somebody. This is Marco Lopez, our
shift's resident chili
Barb smiled sadly, "Good to meet you Marco. Just wish it was under better
She offered them glasses of water from the sink, still
actively fretting as she paced back and forth.
Marco said, "So do all of us ma'am trust me." he said, passing on the offer.
Barb and Mike
both drank their water. Near them, Cap stayed quiet and kept
an eye on both of them, just in case.
Roy deftly adjusted the
crooked oxygen cannula in the man's nose. Then
he busied himself with refilling its port's humidifier
on the wall with a pitcher
of saline that had been resting nearby on a homemade table. "They'll be
tomorrow then." DeSoto told him, not looking away. "Helping her every step
of the way, once
you're apart." He squeezed Harry's shoulder. "Sir, I wouldn't
worry about anything at all about them.
Barb'll be well cared for."
Gage let go of the man's hand and folded it carefully back onto its
"What do you want, for right now? That, you can do, and control." he joked.
seemed to grow more transparent as his defensive smile faded and
as his heart continued to struggle
with both the cancer and his warring emotions.
"Help me fight." he said at last. "For just a little
while longer." he pleaded. "I..I-I
don't want her to know, ...how hard it's been."
his mouth, growing uncomfortable. "You mean, you want some
kind of pain med from us?" he stated, realizing
Harry nodded. "Can you? I can't hide it any more. I just don't have the strength
Roy swallowed, but still kept smiling faintly."Sir, you know if we do anything
we'll have to transport you."
The man's machines protested in response. "Can't you make an exception
"That depends on a couple of things that we don't have the authority ourselves
to decide." Gage told him, still disturbed.
Harry interpretted Johnny's expression accurately.
"Look, I'm not asking you to
kill me. Quite the opposite. I just want to end this new pain."
face stiffened into neutrality. "I'm sorry, sir, but we can't. Not in your
current condition, you'll
pass out and perhaps not wake up again. Do you want
Harry melted visibly.
shared more bad news. "If your primary physician's decided that your I.V.
pump running now, is where
it's supposed to be, then he's the only one who can
"He's out of town! I've...
I'm going a lot faster than any of us ever realized. Guess
it's from all the stress."
sighed, unsure of what to say but very clear on what position they had to
take. So he took it to
the next level. "Sir, do you have do not resuscitate orders?"
he asked bluntly.
growing angry and that was adding some momentum to his shaking voice.
"Of course I do, they're....
she keeps them in that drawer over there.. In the night
Roy reached over, hesitating
when he saw the man's face stiffen into another wave
of nauseating pain. Finally he had them. "Sir,
do you have the originals? These
look like only partial copies."
"What?" gasped the feather
light, sick man. "Wait. I know they're.. they're around
here somewhere. She's always so careful with
all our papers whenever we draw
one up. She always... puts it into the safety deposit box at the
Roy and Johnny exchanged a knowing look and failed to hide their dismay at
a truth revealed.
Harry saw their faces and he frowned again. "What? Is...is that a problem?" he
in a series of difficult breaths.
DeSoto stayed frank and honest. "I'm afraid it is. Only the
top, legal drafts in
ink, are valid. They...they have to be displayed and present in order to override
our rescue protocols." he said, leafing through them.
"I don't understand."
"We can't leave
this house without you." Gage said simply, trying to be softer.
Harry grew agitated. "No,..that's
not what I want. I don't want to go ANYwhere else.
We decided that with Dr. Thayer. Didn't she tell
Roy held out a hand. "Easy, sir. Don't get over excited or you'll get more out of
to the point where we'll have to start helping you."
But Harry wouldn't listen. He writhed on
the bed. "No! I'm not leaving, you.. you
can't make--" The man broke off as a strangled choking jag
full attention to manage.
DeSoto looked over his shoulder as he raised the bed's
head a little higher.
"Chet!" he shouted. "I'm sorry,sir, but until we hear from your doctor or see
the signed draft, we have to do everything in our power to keep you alive."
Harry purpled as he
struggled to breathe, furious. But then his consciousness
began to slip and his eyes rolled up into
the back of his head. The EKG sped
up into a crisis string of PVC's.
Roy leaned in closer.
"Mr. Billings? Mr. Billings? Just try to relax. Can you hear
me?" Roy asked, tipping back his head.
The man drew in a long tortured,
"Roy?" Johnny asked as he began grabbing
the drug box and airway management
supplies that Kelly eagerly handed to him.
"He's just tired,
I think." DeSoto said, not letting go of Billings. "He's still got a
viable carotid." Roy drew out
an ambu bag to help him on his in's. "He's still
awake." he reported.
"Okay, I'll contact Rampart."
Johnny said, setting up the biophone. "Kelly, go
get Lopez. Get us,.." he said, tossing his head at
Harry. "and him,.. portable."
Chet nodded and hurried to the kitchen where Cap and Stoker stood
comforting the distraught wife. Barb's head lay across her arm on
in his tracks, dismayed. "Cap, is she sick? Does she need Roy
or Johnny in here?" Chet asked as he
Hank shook his head. "No, we finally got her to calm down some. She's just
a little, while we get her some coffee. What's up?"
Chet jerked his head silently for him to follow
him back to Harry.
"Ah, Mike, could you look after the missus for a while? I'll be right back.
forgot to give L.A. our update status when we got here." he fibbed.
"Okay, Cap." said
Stoker, getting the underlying hint right away. He couldn't
hide the worry on his face as he did his
Cap left them behind.
Chet and Hank arrived just in time to see Roy deliver one more
bag valve to their bed seated patient, who was just starting to gasp weakily
"Better now?" DeSoto asked, watching the man breathe. "All right, try on your
own here." he encouraged
as he took the mask away.
The husband fearfully obeyed, and began to relax as his color and muscles |
improved. Then, he actually
smiled fractionally in his distress. "Now I... know
why Barb keeps yelling at me all the time....to
"Yep." Gage grinned. "Here, let me get you cleaned up before she comes
in here all in another dither." Johnny deftly dried all traces of tears
from Harry's eyes and cheeks."
We ARE gonna figure all this out. Only you
never gave us the chance to tell you first.." he joked.
"Now get your heart
rate down before she notices. Take a deep breath... Now a deeper one."
said, placing a hand on Harry's damp chest. "Okay, looks like it's over.
But I still gotta call us
in, all right?" he said holding up the biophone receiver.
Harry nodded gratefully, no longer resisting.
His scare had humbled him back
into sensibility. "Okay,.. all right,..*cough* go ahead and do your
thing. But I'm still not going.." he said firmly as Roy refitted him with a new
rebreather oxygen mask.
Gage held up his hands in teasing self defense in a mock surrender."Let's
run that by the doc in charge and see what he says." he said truthfully.
Johnny opened up their
squad's frequency. "Rampart, this is Rescue 51. How
do you read?"
At the hospital, a buzzer
sounded in the E.R. Dr. Brackett entered the base
station and thumbed the receiver. ##51, this is
Rampart Base, go ahead.##
Johnny replied, reading the information that he could from the DNR carbons
in his hand. "Rampart, we've a conscious male, aged eight five in end stage
and leukemia. Uh, we were called in secondarily by
a third uninvolved party initially and not by either
the patient or his immediate
family. We have their yellow forms only. Patient was tachycardic and
out of respiratory distress which was resolved with some manual assistance.
Doc, we have
a pretty good set up here, but with only partial ability to
ascertain current ongoing treatment and
therapy. Vital signs are: Central
line B.P. is 90 over 62, pulse 100 and irregular, respirations are
and shallow on six liters of home O2. His skin is cool and moist. EKG shows
sinus tachycardia with some q wave elevations remaining. Rampart,
he threw some P.V.C.'s during his
difficulty, but none are apparent now. Patient
is on I.V. fluids with a locked, preset undeterminable
narcotic for pain that is
now ineffective. And by self declaration, he says that he is mordibund and
not wish to be transported. How do you advise?" he finished quickly, getting
to the point
for Harry's benefit.
##51, are you in contact with the patient's attending physician?## Kel asked.
"That's a negative, Rampart. Our patient says that he's unavailable at this time."
let out a huge sigh. ##There's no other option then, 51. I can't authorize
a med without learning
what else he's on without a guarantee of getting him
in here. Either we find his doctor, or you find
those original forms. My hands are
tied at this point.## Kel expressed firmly.
Gage let his
breath out in a huff. "Rampart, stand by. I've got an idea."
Do you think she'll leave him long enough to go to the bank for those
watching Harry rest under the oxygen mask. "We could always
The man, gasping in front
of them, moaned. "She's not gonna like that idea. She
hasn't left my side since I was diagnosed as
terminal. And it's been two years."
Gage gulped, remembering Barb's earlier ire. He glanced up
at Roy. "So,..will
you ask her, or shall I?" he blinked at his partner.
DeSoto's mouth slacked
as he thought about it.
"Neither." came a third voice at their elbows. "I'm the captain. I'll
Hank Stanley said.
Harry tried to chuckle. "Good luck." he hacked, reopening his
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Gage was on the phone, Chet had seen the confusion on Hank's face when
Mike had quickly stepped up
when they first arrived. ::That's really odd. What's
going on here? Mike doesn't talk about his background.::
As Chet took his position at the foot of the bed, a picture
caught his eye. It was a color shot
of two men in Navy dress whites.
Hank quickly said, "What is it?"
choked out, "I...know...how...Mike...knows...him."
That caught everybody's attention. Johnny saw
the sheer concern and total
surprise in Chet's eyes and kept it professional, "How?"
carefully picked up the picture, "Look." He passed the picture to Cap and
Johnny then Roy who were
waiting to reply back to Kel on the line.
Each man gasped when they realized it was Mike in the picture.
Suddenly Harry came awake fully, changed by fatigue, "Petty Officer
Stoker. Where is he?"
Stoker had heard the summons clearly.
Mike was out of the kitchen and by Harry's side in a flash.
Barb was right
behind him with Marco bringing up the rear. Barb took Harry's right hand, Mike
Mike spoke calmly, "It's okay, Commander. I'm here."
"What about these Air Force
Mike had to stifle a laugh, "Sir, we're civillians. We all belong to the Los Angeles
County Fire Department. These are my shift mates."
Harry was embarrassed at his growing confusion,
"My honor to. My Captain Hank Stanley, firefighter Chet Kelly, firefighter
Lopez, paramedic firefighters Roy Desoto and John Gage." As Mike
introduced them, each man stood
where they were, so Harry could see them.
Roy spoke up, "Sir, we will find a way to honor your
Harry choked out, "Thank you... Hank."
of my Petty Officer. I'm leaving him in your capable hands." said
Hank nodded, smiling,
before he spoke, "Thank you, sir."
Harry's voice weakened, "Barb, my love."
filled with tears, "Right here, on your right as I have been for
the last sixty-five years."
"I love you."
"I love you, too, Harry. You'll always be in my heart." she smiled, eyes
Harry seemed to fight another inevitable snooze. Marco grabbed for a shaking Barb
when she saw
a final change begin as he started to give up.
Mike's voice cracked, "Stand down for a while,
Commander. You've fought a
good fight today. Your watch is over. God speed and rest well, sir."
stung Stoker's eyes.
"Think I will, Mike. Barb, will you stay with me? I don't want you out
of my sight.
You're so beautiful, my sweet lady. Come here.." he gasped.
She went to him willingly
and gently took his face into her age trembling hands.
The smile never left his eyes as they closed
Betty turned to face the others, "Thank you all of you for staying here until Harry
settled a little."
Cap spoke for everybody. "You're welcome, ma'am, it was our honor."
few minutes later, Gage was back on the phone. "Doc, there's got to be a
third option somewhere..
This is crazy. She won't leave him to go get his D.N.R.
originals and Dr. Thayer still isn't answering
his phone service from where he's
Kel startled. ##Wait a minute, Johnny. Did you
say Dr. Thayer?##
##A Dr. Norman Thayer?"
"Rampart, the wife says yes."
Gage added when Barb showed up just then,
holding a mug of coffee, nervously crumpling a tissue
in her hands.
Dr. Brackett hit the countertop in celebration. ##Hang on, I think I've got an answer
for you, coming right up.## he grinned, glad to get out from under the weight of
a huge DNR snarl.
Kel got busy on a house phone. He dialed a few numbers on the rotary. "Hello,
operator? I need Dr. Thayer contacted and I need him now. Yes, I'll hold."
A pause. "What? What do
you mean his answering service can't get through?
That's insane!....Look, I'm sorry I yelled at you.
I know you're busy. But this is
important and it concerns a terminally ill patient of his who's in
a lot of pain right
now unnecessarily. So try again! Please?..." Brackett turned around and leaned
on the counter impatiently. "What do you mean no luck! Even I know where he is!
It's what time?" he
asked, whipping up his watch long enough to peer at it. "10:26?
He's at the Hazeltine Golf Course,
putting the green on the ninth hole as we speak.
I'll give you the number direct. Tell them to ship
out a caddy and get his rear
dragged back inside over a bar phone to talk to me. How do I know? He's
my golf partner vacationing up there for nine years whenever we go together,
that's how. Now
go get the man, pronto!" he barked.
A few minutes later, Dr. Brackett was back in touch with Johnny.
##Squad 51, this is Rampart.
You've got your third option here. I got
permission to take over your patient's case. Dixie and I
will be coming
out there to make a personal house call via squad car. You can tell Mr. Billings
we'll be there for the duration of time that he requires our services, for as
long as he needs us."
Both Johnny and Roy sighed in gratitude, deeply moved for the Billings. They
knew then that Dr.
Brackett was offering to attend a one on one, until the
morning hours when Harry would surely leave
::Best of all.:: thought Roy. ::He'll be free of all the pain that he would have
emotionally, being at the hospital.::
Hours later, it was night, at the station. The gang finally asked Stoker the
Everybody gathered around Mike.
Marco asked, "Mi amigo?"
Mike took a deep breath
as he finished a silent prayer. "I'm okay. Harry would
shoot me if he realized we wouldn't have stopped
working because of those
missing pages today." Mike looked at Johnny and Roy. "I know we always do
our best, but something about DNR orders...stinks when things don't go right,
you know what I
mean?" Mike held up his hands around his mug as he
warmed them with its heat before the T.V. set.
Roy's face turned solemn. "Yeah."
"Guys, I was respecting his privacy by not talking
about him or his illness at
work. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going back to the house now that I'm
on emergency, to go be with him and Kel, and Dixie. It's what he wants, for
to be there with him in the end."
Respectfully, the gang watched him go.|
With that, the rest of the crew broke up and headed for
the trucks to dry the dew
off all their painted fenders and chrome. They all knew they'd never forget
what they had witnessed that day and in that moment in Mike's quiet eyes. His
devotion to friends
and duty had absolutely...no parallel in ANY of themselves,..
the more they thought about it.
From: brenda murray (email@example.com)
Subject: Night Foray
Sent: Fri 11/23/07 5:42 PM
It was week after the Commander had passed
was back at work. The Christmas holidays were
approaching. Mike decided if nothing else
put on a happy face for the rememberence of the
Commander. ::That's how he would have
liked it. :: thought
Since daylight savings time, the night approached a
making it feel as if it was later then it
was. The evening was quiet, the doors were locked up.
The firemen were getting ready for a meal. Marco was
cooking his enchiladas with this sliced avacados
the side. ::The quiet evening for us is just going
to be a memory after this night ends most
thought Marco as he finished up.
Marco went to open the back door to get a little
air into the
station, not knowing there was a gang in the alleyway having
another fight over something
or another. And as the door was
being propped open with a chair, there was a ping, off the
Marco felt a sharp pain in his hand, and the quiet evening ended.
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From: patti keiper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Faster than a speeding...
Date: Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:20 am
Recoiling in complete shock,
Marco fell back into the
vehicle bay, cradling his left hand in his right. Looking
down, he wasn't
surprised to find profusely oozing
blood welling up in between his fingers. ::What the
been shot?!:: he thought crazily.
Thinking fast, he flipped over onto his belly long
to inch back over to the open door so he
could kick the door wedge free with a hasty foot.
heavy rear facing door, slammed shut again
loudly, echoing like cannon shot around the bay.
hand began to throb in increasing agony as he
crawled away from the thin aluminum garage door
the interior wall on the same side as the county
map next to the mop cupboard. He groaned, his heart
thudding in his torn hand as he finally gathered enough
presence of mind to shout for the others now
was in relative safety.
"Cap! Guys! Call the police! I think I've been hit by
gunfire coming from the yard!"
Outside, the commotion and loud arguing in Spanish,
from the car dealership over the cement wall,
broke away with the sound of angry chasing feet, that
Lopez recognized as being from at least four or more
street kids. They hadn't even noticed the outcome
their silencer's bullet ricochet near the station. All some
of them knew was that their target
had been missed and
was getting away.
"Marco?!" came Cap's concerned shout. "Stay down!
Lopez groaned, gasping with infuriated fright as he heard
the others making sure
things were safe around him.
Someone killed the interior lights and began to crawl towards
with a flashlight in the sudden darkness. It was Chet.
"How bad are ya?"
"It's just the side
of my hand. I'm not feeling a hole." Lopez
panted. "Guys, I think they're gone. All of them ran after
somebody else. I don't think they even knew I was there."
Hank pulled himself up to the radio
alcove and snagged down
the mic and caught it after a yank on its cord. "Can you say
absolute certainty they had no idea who they were
firing at?" Stanley snapped in worry from his guarded
place on the floor.
"Well then shut up and don't move until Roy and Johnny
over there to check you out. L.A., Station 51. Shots fired.
Fireman down. We need immediate
police backup." he
Kelly grabbed Marco's wrist in both of his hands. "Come on.
go." he said. "I can stem this better than you."
"It's not that bad." Marco grunted painfully.
"Like h*ll it isn't!" Chet fretted instantly. "You're bleeding like a |
stuck pig here. Have you seen
the front of your shirt yet?"
"It's nothing. That was from me sliding across the floor to get
from the back."
Chet chided him skeptically as he pressed down on a pulse point
stop the hemorrhaging. "Uh huh." he scoffed. "So there's no
reason at all that you're white as a sheet
right now, huh?"
Marco sighed, shivering. "All right. I got scared for a moment. I'm
fine." Lopez said, still sitting up gamely.
Gage startled them both with a tart reply from a dark
corner. "I don't
see you moving those fingers any. Let me be the judge of that."
he said, appearing
out of the darkness with a trauma box. "Chet, open
"Where's Roy?" Marco asked,
feeling his eyes glaze as his heart
began to settle down. Lopez coughed, his arms and legs twitching.
"He's getting his hunting rifle out of his locker to use as a deterrent if
we need one." Johnny
said, taking Marco's pulse at the neck. "Are
you short of breath any?" he asked, scissor splitting
away to look for other sources of bleeding.
"Not any more. Why?"
got another nick here on your ribcage. I want to make sure
whatever hit you didn't penetrate any
further than skin deep. Does
this hurt?" he asked, pressing on the new blood-damp area.
"Is that all?" Gage questioned, studying his face dubiously.
"Yeah. Like a cat
Gage smirked. "You're lucky."
Marco clunked his head back against the cold wall.
"I knew that
a second after, when just my hand began to burn."
Kelly showed Johnny the ragged
tear on the outside fleshy part of
"Oww." Marco complained, trying to peer at
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