Series: Twisted Fox #1
Release Date: May 19, 2020
will fall apart.
can go home, finish that box of Thin Mints I shouldn’t have bought, and
binge-watch a show on Netflix.
agreed?” Lauren, our charge nurse, asks—referring to the appendicitis patient
who’s been refusing an appendectomy all night.
wife promised to buy him a new TV.”
love to say someone being bribed to have life-saving surgery is a shocker, but
after working in the ER for so long, I’m not easily shooketh.”
I glance around the emergency room. “What’s next for me?”
night at Anchor Ridge Memorial Hospital, and as much as that’s a good thing, it
can get boring.
hall. “Exam room three. Five-year-old with a fever.” Her tone turns bubbly as
she wiggles her shoulders. “Dad is super
hot, by the way.”
tap my knuckles against the triage desk. “I’ll let you know if I need
number,” she half-whispers with a thumbs-up.
dismissively wave my hand. “Absolutely not.”
play makes Jamie a grumpy doctor.”
I spin on my heel and walk to the room.
and I knock, snatching a pair of latex gloves on my way in.
stop, stumble back two steps, and cover my mouth with my hand.
as soon as my gaze meets his, his jaw flexes.
as anger and disgust line his face.
bitch and run away.
manage in a whisper.
his chair, his narrowed eyes pinned to me, and moves to the side of the bed,
blocking my view of the patient.
from Sir Pissed Off, and I shift to the left.
whisper, gaping at the little boy in the bed.
eyes are sleepy and nose is red and irritated.
walnut-brown with a slight slant, match his father’s.
thick ash-brown hair.
his chin and heart-shaped face match hers.
hand shakes when I point at him.
here?” he repeats, his tone harsh.
loss for words, my smart-ass self would throw out something along the lines of,
What do you think, dumbass? I’m sporting
a doctor’s jacket with my name embroidered on it.
wrapping my head around them being here, let alone dragging out my sarcasm.
finally say before signaling to the boy. “I’m his doctor.”
doctor,” he hisses, his voice low enough so only I can hear.
speaking to Cohen, but the boy holds my interest.
exchange, his eyes pinging back and forth between his father and me with
curiosity on his tired face.
whines, sniffling. “I don’t feel good, and what if I puke in the car?”
doctor.” His broad shoulders draw back.
when I hold up a finger, turn, and scurry out of the room.
Lauren. “Can you watch the boy in three for a minute? I need to talk to his
from her computer and tilts her head to the side. “Yeah … sure.”
room when we walk in. “A word,” I say, jerking my head toward the doorway.
Cohen’s attention darts to the boy, and he delivers a gentle smile. “I’ll be
right back, buddy.” He gives him a quick peck on the head and swings his arm
toward the door, his eyes cold. “After you, Your Highness.”
curious glance when he walks past her, and I shrug as if this isn’t about to be
awkward city up in here.
Lauren asking the boy what his favorite cartoon is.
distance while I lead us into a private room, the one reserved for breaking bad
news to families.
shut the door., “Cohen—”
let me get more than his name out.
level on me. “This is a conflict of interest, Jamie. The nurse can help us. We
don’t need you.”
last time he said those words to me smack into me like a headache.
I saw him.
looked at me with the same resentment.
realize how hard his insult hit me or he doesn’t care.
biting at me. “What do you think I’m going to do, huh? Kidnap him?”
you’re related to, who knows?”
fists to hold myself back from smacking him in the face since his words are
like a slap in mine. “You have some nerve.”
slapped a patient’s father.