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Quick Recap: A drunken, disgusting young man — Willie Morse — was caught stealing at the mercantile. A pretty young woman — Hattie Mae — expressed her opinions of him. As she spoke to the store owners and shared a few thoughts about her decision to pursue a career in nursing, a crowd rushed forward. Hattie guessed at once that an accident had happened…and she figured Willie Morse was probably involved. Indeed, she stepped outside to a gruesome scene. Willie was lying in the road, bleeding profusely from a gash to his leg. She determined that he was still alive, and then rushed to the hospital. A procession of men carrying Willie followed close behind.
To Hattie’s dismay, the doctor’s wife — who usually assists him — was away. There wasn’t time to summon her. Although not trained, Hattie would have to step up and help Dr. Kellerman during the surgery to save Willie’s leg.
In today’s “Snippet”, Dr. Kellerman begins the operation.
“We’ll have to use ether.” The doctor’s eyes studied her closely. “It’s safe when used properly but can kill if too much is administered. Don’t question what I tell you, Miss Richards. Do as I say, and do it without hesitation.” His expression softened. “You’ll be all right.”
“Yes, of course.” Although she couldn’t recall a time when she’d ever been so nervous, she resolved to set her fear aside and do whatever was asked of her. A life was at stake.
She listened with care as instructions were given.
“Sponge. Towel.” She repeated the words aloud as she gathered the items together. Hattie glanced at her mentor and nodded.
“Three inches from the nostrils. Thirty seconds.”
Miraculously, her hands obeyed each command. As she repeated the words and phrases, her voice seemed to come from somewhere far away, as though her mind was no longer in her body, as though she were no longer there. Shy, insecure Hattie Mae Richards had somehow disappeared to be replaced by a calm, strong-willed young woman of courage and duty.
“No Regrets” is the fourth book of “The Sunset Series”. It is scheduled for release from Secret Cravings Publishing in July, 2015.
You can find all books in the series at Amazon and other online book-sellers. Each book is a “stand-alone” story — no cliff-hangers, no unfinished endings. Follow the lives and loves of the men and women of Sunset, Colorado.
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