THAT YOUR UP AND DOWN ARROW KEYS WILL SCROLL THE TEXT**
Lauren withdrew, her hands trembling.
Dont stop now, Archer
said. You can do this. Come on, Lauren.
She swallowed hard, steadied herself,
and extended the incision, pressing a little more deeply.
Blood spurted. Archer pressed a towel
against it, and Lauren took it from him. She handed
him her knife and checked the wound. Blood continued
to spurt. Dark, clotted blood.
Got it! Lauren cried.
A siren echoed in the distance as the
swelling eased in Norvilles neck. His breathing
returned to normal with encouraging rapidity.
I need more ice, Lauren
called over her shoulder. And another towel, please.
Thank you, Lord!
She leaned over Norville. Youre
going to be okay.
* * *
Norville Websters a lucky
guy, Becky said softly as they listened to the
ambulance report at the central desk. Thanks to
Lauren. She turned and grinned at Grant. Have
you been teaching her the tricks of the trade?
Not me. Dont forget, shes
been in the ER for a lot of years. Grant couldnt
have been more proudor relieved.
He gestured to Eugene, the night RN
who had arrived to help out barely five minutes ago.
Lets set up for our incoming patient in
Trauma Two. I may have to intubate. Also, the patient
in eight is ready for discharge.
Im already on it, Dr. Sheldon,
Eugene said. Lesters setting up the intubation
equipment. Will you have time to see the guy with the
swollen ankle in six? He needs an x-ray.
Yes, Ill check in on him.
He took the chart from Eugene, then turned and nearly
collided with his daughter.
Theyre out, Dad.
She brushed the long dark bangs out of eyes that glowed
with excitement. Theres nobody back here
now that doesnt have a good reason. Id make
a good bouncer, dont you think? Got anything else
for me to do? I cant leaveBeau wont
let me take the car, and She glanced toward
the door. Oh, great, whats she coming
Grant followed Brookes line of
vision and saw Jade Myers entering the ER from the reception
office. She came to see about her uncle.
Oh, sure, and shell find
some reason to corner you and
Retract your claws, Brooke. Shes
a nice lady and a good
Shes after you, Dad.
Shes dating Norville.
So? That doesnt