Saturday, 8 September 2012
10:34:34 PM (GMT)
A tinny ringing hit the stiff winter air, lasting only a moment before the phone was
answered, silencing the cutting sound. An unheard voice on the other end of the line
said something, and the nurse looked up, placing a hand over the mouthpiece.
"Miss Longacre? Phonecall."
A dark haired woman looked up from a patient, her features concerned, "May I phone
them back? I need to help this man." Without waiting for an answer, she turned
back, cutting a length of clean white bandage and staining it red as she wrapped it
around the soldier's arm. He was unconsious, and Miss Longacre was glad for it.
She'd much rather that than having to sedate him herself. She hesitated, smoothing
his rough auburn hair away from his eyes before standing up from his side, and
heading towards the nurse, who was still waiting with the phone.
"Miss, they need you. Say it's urgent."
"Concerning what, Maggie?"
"They wouldn't say, Miss... Something to do with the Brittany mission? And the
Captain. I don't know what it means, but they need you, Miss. Miss? Are you
Kari Longacre's face had fallen as she connected the information. Her cheeks had
paled considerably, and she nodded faintly, her usually sharp green eyes focused on a
point that she wasn't looking at.
"Where. Where do they need me to go, Maggie?"
"Uh... They said someone would be here in a minute- Miss, maybe you'd better sit
down?" The younger nurse took Kari's arm, leading her to a chair and handed her a
glass of water. "What is it?"
"Hm? What is what?" Kari asked, glancing up as if realising that Maggie was there
for the first time.
"What's happened, Miss?"
"O-oh... Nothing... Nothing..."
Maggie let out a small laugh, "Agent Whelan was right... You can't lie very well."
Kari nodded dismissingly, not really hearing her. The Brittany Mission. The
Captain. Surely not? He couldn't be...?
Her thoughts were interrupted by an urgent horn from outside. She looked up
immediately, getting to her feet and heading to the tent's opening, "Maggie, take
care of things while I'm gone. You'll be okay..." Her voice faltered a little,
betraying her, but she broke into a jog as Agent Whelan got out of the car, meeting
her in a tight, secure hug.
"Salem, what's happened? Why do they need me? There are other nurses- Doctors, in
fact! Why do they need me?"
"He asked for you. Come on, we should go..." His voice was weak, filled with a soft
bitterness which only hardened as he saw Kari nod and push away from him to get in
the car. He frowned, and got in behind the wheel, driving away as fast as was
To be continued when it's not nearly midnight...