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[Private] Miraculous Recovery

Benjamin Reese | Vampire; Infant

Posted on Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:06 pm

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Index General Hospital | Light Rain | 12am Night Shift


The CT scan was back on the man in bed 29. His family brought him in because his words were mixed up, and he’d been complaining of a headache for the last month or so. I’d had a feeling, and honestly, I thought I could smell it too. Maybe I was nuts, but… There wasn’t an ounce of surprise when I saw the tumor. There wasn’t really sadness either. Almost a hint of jealousy, but I kicked myself not long after. I’d not been around long enough to hate life. I’d not done everything I wanted to do, and even though I was currently in a bit of a tight spot, I was smart, and I was going to figure it out. With or without Gayle.

I was starting to get used to my senses, at least mostly, and I was beginning to even be able to pick up on certain trigger words… or names. Maybe I’d had a momentary lapse, not picking up that the guy’s tattoos were from a sharpie. I wasn’t sure what else I could have missed, and I kept going over that night to try to figure out where I’d gone wrong, how I’d been so clumsy. I’d even written a few texts to Noelle, hoping that as my maker she would have some advice, but I’d erased them before I hit the send button. I was smart, I could do this my own way, without help from women who thought they were hot shit. Women who thought they had power over me. I didn’t want any favors, because I didn’t want any debt. If I did this the right way, I would owe nothing.

I heard her voice, and was surprised that she was working another night shift. After everything that had happened, intentional or not, Dr. Davis had successfully avoided me. There was no way she would avoid me tonight. It was a slow Sunday night, and after I broke the news to the family of bed 29, I would have absolutely no patients. I’d discharged one 32 year old who’d had one too many energy drinks, and admitted a COPDer. Bed 29, if everyone was in agreement, would be sent to a larger hospital in Seattle.

I tapped my pen on the desk, straightened my lab coat, anything I could do to prolong giving the bad news. I was in way too good of a mood now that I’d heard the voice of Dr. Davis.

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Laurel Davis | Human; Citizen

Posted on Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:37 pm

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I flipped through the chart of a patient of mine who'd been admitted after having a heart attack. He was doing well and it was a quiet night in the hospital, which was good for me. I was tired and had been up and going since I'd gone to church that morning. I generally tried to get some sleep before a night shift like this one but every time my head hit the pillow another thing that I had to get up and deal with managed to pop up. If it wasn't a frantic phone call from my mom about my nephew's nosebleed (she isn't the most subtle of people) then it was my neighbor wanting me to join in some campaign to get rid of another neighbor's dog (it was difficult to explain that this was ridiculous without coming out and telling him it was ridiculous). And those were just the beginning.

What is more, by some miracle this was the first time since our last chat in Kim's office that we were on the same shift. Maybe it was that I'd been picking up fewer night shifts since the incident - it hadn't been him specifically as much as I felt that it would be better if we didn't exasperate things and I didn't really need the extra money. I was just trying to do what was best for both of us. I'd decided that if our paths crossed tonight I would be professional and polite as one would expect one doctor to treat another, because that was what we were - doctors.

The heart attack patient didn't need anything from me so I decided to make a quick detour to the coffee machine before finishing up some paperwork or maybe just taking a nap or maybe I'd just skip the coffee and the paperwork and head directly to the nap because honestly it was slow enough that I could probably do that. Of course, it was as I was walking and trying to make a decision that I happened upon Be- Dr. Reese. I stuck to the plan, of course, and gave him a polite nod.

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Re: [Private] Miraculous Recovery

Benjamin Reese | Vampire; Infant

Posted on Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:51 pm

Doctor Davis, I nodded back, my eyes wide and bright with beaming happiness. I couldn’t wipe away the smile, and obviously, I couldn’t keep myself from greeting her. It’s been way too long. At this point I’d toned down the excitement, just in time to keep myself from seeming… creepy. Hard to do when you’re a literal vampire, but I felt like I pulled it off rather well. At least when I’d recently fed.

”Oh, Laurel, I thought to myself, ”What is it, why is it you?” But I wasn’t really asking myself why it had to be her. She was smart, resourceful, and she came the closest to knowing what I was, other than Sofia. I didn’t know enough about Sofia, and I had other uses for her. No, Laurel was too headstrong, but that was why I needed her now. Was I using her? Absolutely. But I was taking care of my problem without that crazy, senile barbie ancient. I had to prove that I could.

How are you? How’s your patient load tonight? I looked around me at the quiet unit. It appears you’ve chosen a good night to work. Maybe I was too casual for what had went on between us, which my opinion, wasn’t quite enough. There was still a part of me that wanted to see what that lab coat looked like on my floor, and I knew after tonight I’d ruin any chances of that happening whatsoever.

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Re: [Private] Miraculous Recovery

Laurel Davis | Human; Citizen

Posted on Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:05 pm

It has been a while, hasn't it? I hadn't really planned on actually speaking to him. I felt it that it was important to ignore what had conspired between us and by ignoring him I would be acknowledging that I had a reason to, thus ignoring him would be counterproductive to my actual goals. At least, that was what I told myself. In truth, I'd liked him before, and even though I was angry with him that feeling didn't just stop. He was still attractive and itelligent and I still felt that we had a connection, even if he had seemingly tried to destroy it.

I'm fine and yes it has been a quiet night, fortunately. I suppose I could have told him that I was tired, but I felt that that would spark more deeper conversation which went more in depth and I really wanted to keep things professional. And you? I actually was a little curious how he was doing, perhaps beyond what was normally considered professional, but just because I wanted to be professional did not mean that I was magically going to stop caring and maybe there was a little part of me that didn't want to, which was silly but I think that sometimes a little silliness is acceptable.

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Re: [Private] Miraculous Recovery

Benjamin Reese | Vampire; Infant

Posted on Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:47 am

I made myself comfortable, even though through her returned formality I assumed she wasn’t. I’d make that change. I was in too good of a mood and yet, I really had no idea how I was going to make this happen. Would I compel her? I never liked the idea of doing that, besides I wasn’t really an expert with it yet. Ask really nicely? Right, right, no chance in hell for that. I didn’t feel like waiting was an option. Admittedly the other night I was shown that. The fact that it was possible for me to be tied up in some bible thumper’s basement proved that.

Quiet, but not uneventful. I’m putting off giving some very bad news. I stared at nothing, a relaxed but solemn look on my face. A stark contrast to my earlier excitement to see Laurel. Honestly it kind of cheered me up to see you, I said, immediately followed by that face you make when you realize you’ve said something out of line. The perfect “Oops” face. Sorry, I just mean… Well I’m glad you’re not going to completely avoid me after I made a complete ass of myself. I looked around, then looked back to Laurel, casually. I’m really sorry for that.

And just in time to nip my awkward and unnecessary conversation, Maya, the new unit clerk popped into the room. ”Got a new one, dehydration or something. Whose turn?”
Name?
”Um.. Joseph Wilson? I think? Or Williamson?”
My eyes lit up, and I knew, it was terrible, but it was okay, I knew exactly what to do.
Oh, Dr. Davis, it’s Joe! You know him, don’t you? He’s a regular. He’s got like.. the alphabet. Hep A, B, and C. And maybe HIV? Former drug user, now he’s on dialysis. Red, ruddy hair? Let’s go see him together. You need something to keep you awake, and I need to put off giving my bad news.

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