A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder


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Chapter 2: Chapter Two
"... start again with ABC. After lunch, and after watching demonstrations on operating nursing equipment, Penny joined new employees from other departments to watch a video analyzing a hospital fire in which smoke was not controlled and three-fourths of the patients had died. The mood shifted from ..."
"...The mood shifted from tense to jovial as they moved outside and took turns using a bed sheet to smother a fire set on top of a dummy on a stretcher. Next, they were directed into a small building a short distance from the emergency entrance. Penny stretched to her full five-feet, nine-inches and palmed the ceiling while she watched a fireman ignite a barrel filled with papers. ..."
"... outside to experience breathing beneath the smoke. Finally, each trainee was issued an identification badge to be used for clocking in and out. It bore the slogan RACE: Remove patient, Activate alarm, Control smoke, Extinguish fire. Before starting home, Penny stopped at the hospital ..."
"... fire. Before starting home, Penny stopped at the hospital grill for lemonade and a sandwich, and a platinum blond she recognized from the fire in-service sat down beside her at the counter. Her brown bloodshot eyes were rimmed with black eyeliner, which had smudged down her cheeks. ..."

Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"...In a fraction of a second, Penny passed from a dream world surrounded by blazing fire to wide-awake, gasping at air that seemed stiff with smoke. Sensing someone standing beside her bed, she peered into the darkness and fumbled with the lamp switch, trembling like a patient with escalating temperature. Squinting her eyes against the abrupt light, she surveyed the bedroom with a ..."
"... Undoubtedly, her dream had derived from the fire in-service yesterday—and vodka at bedtime! She rolled out of bed. In the mirror her face looked like it belonged on a transplant list. It would take work to make herself look better, but maybe it would help her feel better. Two ..."

Chapter 4: Chapter Four
"...pulled up a chair. “We can handle whatever they throw in here, you know it? We tore through that like tornadoes in a trailer park! Now. Tell me about JMC—you like it?” Maureen listened to Penny’s description of her day at orientation, the realistic fire in-service, and her frightening dream. She patted Penny’s hand. “Girl, you’ve got your drawers in a wad. I don’t have the itch to do what you’re doing, but you’re gonna see the big stuff up there. You best learn all you can and then come ..."

Chapter 6: Chapter Six
"... At the dead end, pausing for Zac to sniff around and do his business, she noticed little puffs of dust rising from beneath her pet’s paws. The searing sun was baking the earth, and the lopsided fireball appeared to be melting itself as it blasted down brilliant-yellow light. Her ..."
"... added, “Her obituary was in the paper.” The nurse kept her gaze on The Jerry Springer Show. “Look, I don’t really know what happened, and gossip can get you fired around here.... I guess you’re asking because you cared about her, though.” “I admired her.... She offered me a job ..."

Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
"... do you think your soul is still intact somewhere?” “How should I know, Penny? I feel like I’m drinking out of a fire hose. I’m so tired I don’t think I can make it through tomorrow—it’s like God has fast-forwarded the world.” “Yeah, you could be right. I remember long ..."

Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
"...cafeteria. It was still too early for office personnel to arrive, and the surgeons and their staff were already at work. Only a few family members who had spent the night at a bedside were there at that hour. “I’m honest,” Barb said. “Putting out fires the whole shift is not my idea of nursing–-supervising’s one job I absolutely would not do! ...You’ve seen Dr. Spate’s eyes, right?” ..."

Chapter 12: Chapter Twelve
"...Penny’s body hummed with apprehension. She would probably be fired. They would take away her nursing license and put her in jail. Their house would have been paid for in a few more years, but now they would lose everything. A current ran through her muscles like a continuous charge and her chest felt as though ..."
"... spirit to the senses.” Penny examined Flossie Mae’s medallion. “You know how we talk about the four elements: earth, water, fire, and air,” Flossie Mae continued. “Well, the fifth element is spirit.” Penny held her medallion next to Flossie Mae’s. They were similar, but ..."

Chapter 14: Chapter Fourteen
"...Along the way, Penny’s mother looked around, reaching out and picking up anything she could grab. When Rev. Nichols paused to catch his breath too close to a fire alarm, she managed to pull the handle, setting off insistent clanging and flashing lights. Her embarrassed husband apologized to the attendants, but Mrs. Nichols remained unperturbed. She removed her feet from the wheelchair’s footrests and let them drag, oblivious to Penny’s instructions to put them back up. ..."

Chapter 15: Chapter Fifteen
"...would be late, and three late clock-ins constituted an Occurrence. Ominous sounding rules, listed in Jacksonville’s nursing handbook but never enforced in the past, had become big issues lately. Almost anything could turn into an “Occurrence,” and after three an employee would be placed on probation—maybe even fired. ..."

Chapter 19: Chapter Nineteen
"...“But the things they remember!” Penny said. “I don’t remember any of it. When did they light fires in the woods and cook hot dogs? Did you know they changed their Halloween costumes and went back to houses that gave out the best candy? And Harriet said she used to pick the Vanlandinghams’ camellias! I would never have allowed that; I must have been ..."

Chapter 20: Chapter Twenty
"...Penny laid a bonfire in the fireplace, congratulating herself when the big logs began to blaze. In years past, she and the children had enjoyed sitting by the hearth with a roaring fire, but now their wood was only for emergencies. As she poked the kindling, adding more logs and inhaling ..."
"... eating. “You did good.” As the house cooled, heat from the fireplace barely affected the temperature in the den. Standing close to the flames they were hot in front but their backs were cold, and even with their coats on the chill penetrated. Johnny yawned and rubbed the back of ..."
"... Johnny yawned and rubbed the back of his neck. “It’s almost nine. We should get in bed and cover up; maybe they’ll get the electricity back on while we’re asleep. I’ll set the alarm for five in the morning and build a fire so you’ll have some heat to get dressed by.” ..."
" the storm’s power. Outside spotlights illuminated an Antarctic scene beyond anything in a southern girl’s imagination. Cedars and pines were bent and broken; some had fallen completely over. Outside the dining-room window a huge magnolia tree lay on the ground, its roots, thick as swollen fire hoses, bursting up out of silver, moonlit snow. The world, encased in ice, shone. ..."
"... maker, then called the Dixiana hospital. “If you’re not sick, get ready to come,” the night supervisor told her. “It may be a while, but the fire department’s extrication unit will pick up everybody for day shift and take night shift home.” Eventually Penny reached CCU, where the ..."

Chapter 22: Chapter Twenty-Two
"... They followed Mr. Lilly into the room on the left. Penny seated herself on the frayed upholstery of what had once been an elegant chair. To her right, tongues of flame licked the air from a gas heater in the fireplace, and she experienced the sensation of having crossed into another world. ..."

"...Penny switched off the lamp and turned to her side, breathing in the scent of musty linen. What did Flossie Mae say the points represent?, air, fire, water...spirit. The circle connects us to spirit. In her mind, Penny looked down the Tombigbee River, heard its rippling water, felt a cool white fog hovering above it, and slid, fathoms deep, into sleep. ..."

"...seemed as though she had been away for longer than four days. A nurse who worked on Fourth had been severely injured when she wrecked her car speeding to the hospital. She told the EMTs that she had been late twice and was afraid she would be fired if she was late a third time. ..."
"...Carina was built like a fireplug with a small head and brown hair. She filled a chair in the nurses’ lounge, smiling and nodding as Barb showed off the gifts Prader Philpot had brought her: a bright orange hair dryer still bearing its two-dollar price tag from a yard sale, and a pair of ..."
"... touched it. “Penny, this is Peter Puckett. I see you’re working tomorrow, and I need a weekend supervisor. The nurses tell me you don’t like to do it, but I told ‘em we’re friends and I know you’ll come through and put out the fires for me just this one weekend.” A sense of ..."
"... is better?” He moved directly in front of her, into her personal space, and regarded her with a blend of cynicism and challenge. “You never asked me to come to the hospital.” His voice rattled like a snake’s tail. “You are incompetent, and I will have you fired!” Penny smelled ..."

"... miss your visits, too.” Penny entered a party-like atmosphere in Oncology. The nurses were laughing over a joke someone had downloaded from America Online, and Maria handed Penny a copy. “I hope nobody gets fired over this, but it’s too good not to share!” MEMO ON COST CUTTING TO: ..."

Chapter 26: Chapter Twenty-Six
"...She rummaged in the box for another arrow and he fired his pistol in her direction. The concussion reverberated in the closed space as he blocked her escape. Grabbing a handful of small metal balls from her son’s discarded Pachinko machine, she lobbed them, one by one, toward the opposite side of the attic, but his eyes must ..."

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