PERSONAL BAGGAGE
A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

Buck

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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
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"... herself. He bounded forward to hand her the report. “Buck Dalton,” he said, giving her hand a ferocious shake. Glancing toward the far wall, he combed his fingers through a mop of black hair which tumbled back down over his glasses, then he turned and retreated out the door. Reaching ..."

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Chapter 4: Chapter Four
"...The phone startled them and Maureen, champion sticker of the hospital, agreed to start a difficult IV down the hall. She approached the Unit door as it swung open to admit Buck, who had come to chart results on some tests that had been sent to another hospital because the Dixiana lab lacked the equipment to run them. ..."
"...Buck was perched on the desk leaning forward, his shoulders slumped and his limp arms supported on his knees. He gave Penny a brief sideways glance from under bushy, half-moon eyebrows, then shifted his gaze to the ceiling. “It’s basically...my wife’s pregnant and my hospital insurance won’t cover ..."
"...Accepting the medicine and the Styrofoam cup, Buck guzzled his water with one eye squeezed shut. “Thanks. Well, I guess that about does it.” He rose and raked back his hair. “Hey, I bet you didn’t know the average person falls asleep in seven minutes.... Just between us, I’m not anybody’s dummy! ..."

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Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
"...Buck inside the plane, Penny and her parents were on their own. Unable to stand upright because of the low ceiling, they crept down the narrow aisle, across a long hump in the floor, then over a series of wrinkles in the carpet. Finally, they took their seats: ..."

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Chapter 11: Chapter Eleven
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"... bakes. I saw a beautiful Holly Hobby cake she decorated.... You still at it, Louise?” “Uh huh. I made Buck Dalton a motorcycle cake.... For my first motorcycle, it turned out really well.” “Buck was pretty low the last time I saw him,” Penny said. “Sounds like he’s doing ..."
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"... I made Buck Dalton a motorcycle cake.... For my first motorcycle, it turned out really well.” Buck was pretty low the last time I saw him,” Penny said. “Sounds like he’s doing better.” Louise said, “He’s working two other jobs besides this: one in the Jacksonville hospital ..."
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"... he’s doing better.” Louise said, “He’s working two other jobs besides this: one in the Jacksonville hospital lab, and the other in a doctor’s office. He must be making big Bucks, because he bought a motorcycle and he’s talking about moving into a house.” “Where does he live ..."
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"... working in his office.” “The pay’s good and I do everything just the way he wants it, honey. Most of our patients are on Medicaid and all they need is some attention. Buck Dalton works with us...draws blood at the office and runs it in this lab.” Penny shook her head. ..."

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Chapter 12: Chapter Twelve
121.
"... fingers through unruly hair, pushing it back from his glasses. “Hello.” Penny tried to remember his last name. “Buck, this is my husband, Johnny...Buck works at the hospital.” It finally came to her. “Buck Dalton.” Johnny shook Buck’s hand. “How’re you doing? We’re ..."
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"... hospital.” It finally came to her. “Buck Dalton.” Johnny shook Buck’s hand. “How’re you doing? We’re inspecting. You know—checking out these new houses going up in the neighborhood. Man, this is a nice one.” “It’s gonna be mine if I can swing it. Doc says he’ll ..."
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"... “I bought it from Doc Scales. We’re buddies.” Buck stooped to pat Zac’s head, then rubbed the dog’s ears and Zac jumped against him, begging for more. When Buck stood up, Zac tightened the slack in his leash, pulling away. “Louise told me you’re working in Jacksonville,” ..."
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"... be up in Oncology Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights so maybe I’ll see you at work.” “Hey!” Buck yelled after them. “Did you know cats have thirty-two muscles in each ear?” “Really!” Johnny called. “I wonder how many dogs have!” They stood at the curb while a ..."
"...“You work with right interesting people, you know it?” Johnny said. “It sounds to me like Buck’s got cerebral arrhythmias and paranoia in the left aorta.” From years of hearing hospital jargon, Johnny could string together a bunch of authentic sounding medical phrases that made no sense at all. ..."

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Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen
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"... to Oncology to draw blood around 5 a.m. Eventually, Buck Dalton stepped off the elevator pushing his lab cart, ready for morning sticks. Seeing Penny, he mimicked astonishment. “What’s happenin’? Is this the wrong hospital or what!” “Hi Buck. Have you bought your house ..."
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"... morning sticks. Seeing Penny, he mimicked astonishment. “What’s happenin’? Is this the wrong hospital or what!” “Hi Buck. Have you bought your house yet?” “No, but I’m closing in, if you know what I mean. Doc and I are gonna open a clinic. I’ll do the lab and he’ll do ..."
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"... Did he really need one? What was going on between Buck and Dr. Scales? Migraine headache and angina would not have to be proved by lab results, but anemia and low potassium both required lab verification to meet Medicare standards. Would Buck falsify lab results? Flossie Mae said she gave a ..."

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Chapter 15: Chapter Fifteen
"...Bucknews washed over Penny like a Bucket of blood. She took a deep breath and exhaled as she gazed out Maureen’s window at the lawn, sprinkled with glitter as frost reflected the morning sun. Everything had crystal edges and caught light, and the hospital room seemed filled with ..."

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Chapter 16: Chapter Sixteen
"...Buck Dalton, wearing a rumpled lab coat, slouched in as Penny assembled the new chart. Like a man who had lost his way, Buck glanced here and there with anxiety. “Richard Head,” he said, shifting his gaze to the chart in Penny’s hand. “Here’s his labs. ..."
"...“Uh, I just now finished them.” Buck shrugged and snickered. “They’re so low, I thought maybe I made a mistake, so I ran it all again to be for sure. What’s that smell?” Blinking rapidly, he looked ­goggle-eyed at Penny. “Hey, I knew Doc would need to look at all this stuff, ..."
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"... be sure you ask her what his nickname is.” Penny wrote the orders, filled out the lab requests and placed them next to Buck, who sat on the desk cleaning his lenses. “I haven’t seen you for a while, Buck. Everything still going well?” He combed fingers through his Brilliantine hair, ..."
"...He combed fingers through his Brilliantine hair, pushing it back from his forehead before replacing his glasses. “It will be, I guess. For right now, I’m working a lot and missing my wife. Basically, I got to hang in there and think about the amenities.” Buck set his feet on the floor and slid his hips off the desk. ..."
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"... show you to the waiting room so you can rest. You must be tired from taking care of him.” “I’ll try to find her some lunch.” Flossie Mae ushered Miss Head into the hall as Buck returned. “I’m sorry, Buck. I forgot to call you,” Penny said. “Please cancel the type and cross ..."
"...“I’m sorry, Buck. I forgot to call you,” Penny said. “Please cancel the type and cross match–-we won’t be able to transfuse him—and discard all the requests except for the potassium.” She walked to the bed with Buck. Patting Mr. Head awake, she explained that Buck had come ..."
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"... her with his IV arm. Flossie Mae, who was in the linen closet gathering blankets and a pillow for Mr. Head’s sister, stepped forward to help them. Glaring at Buck, she walked to the other side of the bed and restrained Mr. Head’s IV arm while tension expanded the air. Buck stared straight ..."
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"... Mr. Head’s IV arm while tension expanded the air. Buck stared straight through her, then bent to his work. After a few seconds, he withdrew the needle, applied pressure and a band-aid, and departed without a word to either of them. The nurses released Mr. Head’s arms and he resumed his ..."
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"... Center. Will you give me a job recommendation?” “We’re not strangers!” Penny insisted. “We’re new friends, getting to know each other, and I’ll be glad to. Is it because of Buck? Are you through working for Dr. Scales?” “I questioned Buck’s lab results, and we got into ..."
"...“I questioned Buck’s lab results, and we got into it at the office, and I complained to Dr. Scales about Buck coming to work with alcohol on his breath. Dr. Scales won’t do anything about it, and now he’s mad at me for bitching. He hasn’t paid me for two ..."

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Chapter 18: Chapter Eighteen
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"... have to pass Trauma Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Life Support—I love it though, sweetie.” “Have you seen Buck or Dr. Scales?” “Buck! He doesn’t speak to me, but I heard him tell somebody he makes good money without much work.” Flossie Mae looked ..."
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"... Buck! He doesn’t speak to me, but I heard him tell somebody he makes good money without much work.” Flossie Mae looked toward the door and lowered her voice to a whisper. “I hope I don’t run into Dr. S., but I’ve saved enough dirt to keep him away from me.” Penny ..."
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"... and all that, but still...” “Don’t let me interrupt, ladies.” Buck Dalton shuffled in and leaned over the smorgasbord of calories. “I’ll help you dispose of some of this stuff before you ruin your figures.” He selected two macadamia nut cookies. “Is it time for lab already? ..."
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"... dispose of some of this stuff before you ruin your figures.” He selected two macadamia nut cookies. “Is it time for lab already? How are you, Buck?” Barb offered him a cup of coffee. “Tired. Basically, I’m tired.... But I have a new little baby girl and I’m buying a house and I ..."
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"... Christmas.” He replaced his glasses and stuffed his mouth with popcorn. “She’s beautiful, Buck. Congratulations!” Penny passed the picture to Barb. “Well, it’s time to finish up. I’m going back out.” “My sediments exactly,” Buck mumbled. On her way to clock out, Penny ..."
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"... Buck. Congratulations!” Penny passed the picture to Barb. “Well, it’s time to finish up. I’m going back out.” “My sediments exactly,” Buck mumbled. On her way to clock out, Penny stopped by Maureen’s room. “You’ll be discharged before I come back so I want you to ..."
"...Her mind jumped to Buck. How on earth could he afford a house? With Dr. Scales on probation at Jacksonville, Buck shouldn’t be counting on much help from him—unless Scales’s probation was not that serious. Maybe he was just behind on his charts or something minor like that. As Maureen ..."

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Chapter 19: Chapter Nineteen
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"... She was a woman doctor who worked in Dixiana and then moved up here.” “He sure did, darlin’. He and Buck called her ‘Witless Wiseman.’ I don’t remember when she left, but they were glad she did.” Penny sorted out what she should say. Flossie Mae seemed unaware that Dr. ..."
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"... eyes bulged with fury. “Do you think it will come to a trial?” “Oh yeah—I just hope I can stay out of it. I think Buck may be charging Dr. Scales money for keeping his mouth shut, but I don’t know for sure.” “Like blackmail.” Flossie Mae nodded. “Buck isn’t smart ..."
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"... blackmail.” Flossie Mae nodded. “Buck isn’t smart enough to get away with anything by himself; Dr. Scales is the real low-life.” Flossie Mae looked at her watch. “Hey Honey, we’d better get you back over to the hospital. Do you have my phone number?” “No, but I’d ..."
"...of stale alcohol engulfed her as a siren began to wail. The man pushed himself up again, and Penny glimpsed his face. Most of it was covered by dark, matted hair that hung over his eyes, and Penny was shocked by the emotional impact of recognition. “Buck, listen to me!” she shouted. “You must lie still! The ambulance is coming.” ..."
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"... “You must lie still! The ambulance is coming.” Johnny stood in the street and directed the ambulance toward them, and Penny supported Buck’s cervical spine until the paramedic positioned a C-collar and fastened its velcro straps. The police arrived next, illuminating the area with ..."
"...The police arrived next, illuminating the area with their spotlights while the emergency crew loaded Buck into the ambulance. Several curious neighbors approached; one man had picked up Buck’s helmet and carried it with him. The policemen pointed out skid marks on the pavement, a gash in the electric pole, and a wrecked motorcycle in the bushes. ..."
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"... a gash in the electric pole, and a wrecked motorcycle in the bushes. “His name is Buck Dalton,” Penny told them. “He’s a lab technician who’s been looking to buy a new house down at the end of our street.” “If you folks hadn’t found him, he’d probably have lain out here ..."
"...Maureen’s death, and the excitement of having their children at home for Christmas, topped off by Buck’s motorcycle wreck kept Penny awake far into the night. If she had not worried about waking Johnny, she would have gotten out of bed and started cleaning their wrecked house. Sometime after four, she fell into a sound sleep. ..."
"...“When I went out front to get the paper, they were out there taking pictures and measuring tracks. I talked to them until the wrecker came and hauled off Buck’s motorcycle. Last night, we only saw skid marks into the flower bed and the gash in the pole, but this morning they found car tracks on down toward the dead end. They dig into the grass, then come up onto the pavement with marks where somebody started ..."
"...smashed backward away from the road into two ruts where the tires spun out starting up. Then on the pavement, the tracks start off dark where the tires were still spinning and laid rubber and they fade out where they caught traction.... What they think is that Buck swerved over to the left to miss a car coming at him fast on his side of the road, then lost control and skidded into the pole while he was still on the bike, and his helmet was knocked off by the impact.” ..."
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"... on the bike, and his helmet was knocked off by the impact.” “Maybe Dr. Scales trapped him. He could have arranged to meet Buck at the new house and then tried to kill him.” Penny surprised herself with what she imagined. Johnny’s voice exploded across the table, “Jesus H. Christ! ..."

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Chapter 20: Chapter Twenty
"...“Mrs. Pewitt, Dr. Scales here. I’m writing orders to transfer Buck Dalton from Jacksonville CCU to your Unit tomorrow. You know him— he worked in the lab there before his accident. He’s had multiple surgeries, but he’s better now and they need his bed to make room for storm victims. As soon as the interstate clears, ambulance ..."
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"... experts,” Johnny said. “I hope it stays bad,” Penny said. “If the interstate’s clear enough tomorrow, Dr. Scales is going to transfer Buck Dalton back to our Unit. I asked for help, but they probably won’t get anybody, and I hate working with Dr. Scales.” “You can quit, you ..."
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"... their inventory. In the afternoon, she was reading a paperback Mr. Garrett had given her: a spy thriller by Compton MacKenzie, when the phone rang. “We’re transferring Mr. Buck Dalton to your Unit, and I’ve got Report for you,” a Jacksonville CCU nurse said. “Okay.” Penny ..."
"...Buck’s been with us for about two months. Um, he’s had neuro and ortho and abdominal surgeries...I see seven surgical summaries in his chart. He’s on a ventilator and won’t cooperate, so it’s hard to evaluate his mental status. We’re sending the chart summary and his latest ..."
"...“You’ll need to set up a ventilator. We started weaning him several days ago, but Dr. Scales made us stop. He said he wanted to keep him on the vent until he got him back to your CCU. Don’t ask me why! Buck’s ready to breathe on his own—in fact, we’ve had a hard time keeping him from pulling out the ET tube himself. ..."
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"... When the ambulance arrived, the respiratory therapist set the ventilator in Demand Mode so that Buck could initiate a breath himself. The ventilator allowed him to inhale and then it pushed the right amount of oxygenated air into his lungs. If Buck failed to breathe, the ventilator would alarm. ..."
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"... dreading Dr. Scales’s visit. Buck was asleep when Dr. Scales unlocked the outside door in the late afternoon. He shuffled the pages of his patient’s chart, then smiled at Penny. “Is there anything I forgot? Anything else you need, Mrs. Pewitt?” When Penny shook her head, he ..."
"...When Penny shook her head, he pulled out the bottom desk drawer and propped his foot on it. “Thank you for taking care of Buck, he’s a good friend of mine.” He winked at Penny as if they were chatting companionably. “I’m very sorry about Maureen’s death; you lost a good friend! Don’t let her death sidetrack you, though; lots of patients have good results from chemotherapy and from what I’ve ..."
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"... she didn’t really know how he felt. Maybe she had misjudged him. After Scales’s visit, Buck moved his legs, turned his head, and struggled against his wrist restraints. His gaze followed Penny as she moved around the room. She reminded him that he was back in Dixiana and talked about his ..."
"...“He didn’t get here until this afternoon and Respiratory set up the ventilator,” Penny said. “Buck’s had surgery to drain blood clots from his brain and to repair hip, arm, and leg fractures. He’s been on a ventilator because of rib fractures and pneumonia, but the Jacksonville nurse said he’s ready to be weaned. I guess they’ll start taking him off tomorrow.... ..."
"...Penny stopped talking and listened, thinking she had heard a noise. She sprinted to the back of the Unit, but no one was there, and Buck appeared asleep. She inhaled and her heart rate slowed as she returned to the lounge. CCU air smelled sweeter when fresh nurses were present to take over the responsibility. ..."
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"... air smelled sweeter when fresh nurses were present to take over the responsibility. “What about Buck’s wife and his baby?” one of the nurses asked. “His trailer’s still out in the parking lot.” Suddenly the monitor alarm sounded. Then the ventilator alarm blared. All three ..."
"...Suddenly the monitor alarm sounded. Then the ventilator alarm blared. All three nurses dashed to Buck’s bedside. His screen displayed a straight line. Penny pressed the electrodes against his chest, but they were already in contact. His face was pale grey, and she could not locate his carotid pulse. ..."
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"... was pale grey, and she could not locate his carotid pulse. Penny ran for the crash cart. “Call a code! He’s a full code,” she yelled. One of the nurses disconnected the ET tube from the ventilator and began to bag Buck. They had defibrillated three times without success, and were ..."
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"... he said, flipping through the chart. Penny gave him a fast summary, ending with, “I gave Buck 6 mgs of morphine about an hour ago because he was restless, but he’s been receiving large doses and I don’t think 6 mgs would be enough to...” The ER doctor interrupted her. “Give ..."
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"... picked up speed and become regular beats. The respiratory therapist took over, changed the ventilator settings, and reconnected Buck’s ET tube to the breathing machine. “He’s not assisting. I’ve set the ventilator to do it all for him.” In winter, light came at seven and left at ..."
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"... worried; I thought maybe you had car trouble.” “I did have car trouble, out in our driveway. But that’s not why I’m late—they transferred Buck back and he...” Penny stopped talking because Johnny was putting on his coat. “I’ll be back in a minute. I want to ..."
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"... He laughed, “Until you came home!” “My day was awful. They brought Buck back from Jacksonville and he was okay, but then he coded.” Something came to the edge of Penny’s memory and dropped back. “We resuscitated him, but...” “I’m wiped too,” Johnny said. “If you ..."
"...Penny awakened with a jolt at 2 a.m. Her thoughts fuzzy, she thought she was in the nurses’ lounge of CCU. She heard the familiar sound of the outside door closing and sat up. In the excitement of Buck’s code, she had forgotten that she had heard something before the alarms started. Somebody went out that door—that was the sound she heard! Whoever it was must have come in and gone out the back door; they couldn’t have come from the hall or she’d have seen ..."
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"... and gone out the back door; they couldn’t have come from the hall or she’d have seen them. Electrified, she phoned Dixiana CCU. “I can’t sleep for worrying about Buck. How’s he doing?” “Buck didn’t make it,” the night nurse told her. “He coded again—I’m not sure how ..."
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"... for worrying about Buck. How’s he doing?” Buck didn’t make it,” the night nurse told her. “He coded again—I’m not sure how many times we shocked him: the ER doc wouldn’t give up, but Dr. Scales came and told us to quit.” Penny was speechless. “Oh, and Penny,” the ..."
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"... came and told us to quit.” Penny was speechless. “Oh, and Penny,” the nurse said, “when the Jacksonville nurse gave you Report, did she mention that Buck had a police guard on him the first two weeks he was in their CCU?” Her words hit Penny like a lightning bolt, recharging ..."
"...“Well, see, I called Jacksonville CCU, to tell them what happened to their patient, and the nurse said she didn’t know if they were guarding Buck to protect him or because he’d done something bad, but everybody missed his guards bringing them doughnuts and pizza. She said that as far as she knew, no visitors came to see Buck the whole time they had him. So where’s his family? They let families ..."
"...Buck died last night, and I think he was murdered.” Her already-fast pulse quickened. “I don’t have any proof, but I know I didn’t give him enough morphine to trigger cardiac arrest. I heard the back door shut just before he coded. Whoever it was had ..."
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"... his jaw muscles flexing. Penny spread her arms and gripped the edge of the table. “I think Dr. Scales kept Buck on a ventilator until he moved him back here so he could kill him and keep him from telling who ran his motorcycle off the road.” “Okay, calm down.” Johnny said. ..."
"...Buck’s face, grey against white hospital sheets, flashed through Penny’s mind, and she heard again and again the alarms from the monitor and the ventilator. Anxious to talk with Flossie Mae, to ask why Buck was guarded by the police, and to tell her about last night, Penny searched ..."

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Chapter 21: Chapter Twenty-One
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"... when Penny came to the floor. “It’s Flossie Mae Fox.” Penny cupped her hand around the mouthpiece. “Buck died in Dixiana CCU this weekend, and I need to talk to you. It’s crazy up here tonight; I can’t talk now.” “Do you work Thursday?” Flossie Mae asked. “Yes, ..."
"...A man who police suspect of fatally beating his wife, mother, and child was critically injured in a motorcycle accident yesterday in Dixiana, Mississippi. Buck Dalton, 28, had been wanted ever since detectives found the bodies in their 124 State St. home in Ardmore, Louisiana. However, before detectives there could find him, he was injured and placed in the Critical Care Unit in Jacksonville Medical Center. Ardmore’s Sheriff, Tommy Lee Savage, said ..."
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"... family. There were no witnesses. “Until we can talk to Buck Dalton, and get a handle on it, we’re under the impression that it was caused by some type of dispute between Dalton and his wife, the exact nature of which has not been determined,” Savage said. According to the Ardmore police, ..."
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"... cafeteria for breakfast this morning.” Johnny got that oh-no-not-again look in his eyes and Penny continued with a little less enthusiasm, holding out a sheet of paper. “She gave me this copy of an article about Buck’s motorcycle accident.” Johnny raised one eyebrow in a questioning ..."
"...wait for him to finish reading. “Flossie Mae got it out of the Jacksonville paper a few days after Christmas. She said she would have missed it if someone hadn’t told her about it. She thinks Dr. Scales did it or hired it done to keep Buck quiet, and that’s why the police were guarding Buck in CCU—to protect him. She asked me if I would be a character witness for her in court, if she needs one.” ..."
"...“Flossie Mae wants you to be a character witness, but you only know her from work.... What would you say? You don’t know anything about Buck or the doctor either, for that matter. And she thinks the doctor hired somebody to kill Buck’s family to KEEP HIM QUIET!” Johnny shouted, then paused and lowered his voice. “How would that keep him quiet? If somebody killed you or any one of our ..."
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"... He drew a deep breath, picked up a glass from the sink drainer, and filled it halfway with water from the faucet. He sloshed the water in the glass, staring at it. Turning to Penny, he said in a conversational tone, “If the police thought Buck was in danger, why did they stop guarding him?” ..."

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Chapter 22: Chapter Twenty-Two
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"... “We didn’t travel for fun; money was tight.” Penny pictured Buck sitting on the desk in CCU telling her of his financial problems and his pregnant wife. “Johnny, Buck was trying to buy a house so his wife and his baby could come and live with him–-he loved them!” The ..."
"...The atmosphere in the car tightened, a noxious thickening of the air. Unable to stop herself, Penny tossed incendiary words into the flammable environment. “It’s insane to think that Buck would kill anybody!” She shifted in her seat and folded her arms. The engine accelerated, and she cast a sideways glance at the advancing speedometer needle. ..."

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"... around her neck. In a death-defying move Penny lifted her right knee with every bit of her strength and slammed it into Scales’s crotch. His face shrunk. Penny’s left leg Buckled, and she caught a glint of sunlight on steel in front of a liquid explosion of crimson. Lying on a hard, ..."

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