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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. Carefully following the doctor’s orders, Hattie administered ether. As the surgery continued, she founds herself gaining courage and strength.
Willie awakened following the surgery and realized he was still alive. He lamented his pathetic life.
In today’s “snippet”, he realizes someone else is in the room and has most likely heard him crying.
When he heard shuffling, scraping noises near the bed and realized he was not alone, Willie tried to muffle his sobs. Only women – and the weakest of men – shed tears. Although it required great effort, he managed to lift one arm and drag it across his face in an attempt to wipe the wetness from his eyes.
“Mr. Morse? Are you awake now?”
The voice seemed to come from far, far away, yet Willie could sense the young woman’s presence at his bedside. She couldn’t have been more than a foot from him. Slowly, he opened his eyes, curious about the voice. It was gentle. It was quiet. It was oddly familiar.
In the darkness, he could see nothing more than a vague, but shapely outline.
“Do I know you?” he asked, letting his eyes close once more. “I’ve heard your voice before.”
“I’m Hattie Mae Richards. I’ll be caring for you while you’re here.” A sudden intake of breath followed her words. “You do know where you are, don’t you, Mr. Morse? You’re in the hospital. You were involved in an accident. Do you remember?”
“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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