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Summary: A bit of fluff about the VA...
The young nurse slowly walked into the Staff Lounge, looking
bewildered and more than slightly flustered. She was going to be
fired. She just knew it. She crossed the room at sat in the only
empty chair at a table with three other nurses.
"Nancy? Are you all right?" The blonde to her right laid a hand on her arm.
"I don't know, Julie. I just don't know." By now, the entire room
was watching her.
"Is something wrong? Did you get hurt?"
"It was Mr. Murdock."
"*Murdock* did something to you?" asked Lorraine, another young nurse
who was sitting across the table.
"No." Nancy shifted uneasily under the scrutiny of so many people.
But she had to tell. She didn't have a choice. "There was this man,
a Mr. Jack Handley." The more she thought about it the more absurd
it sounded; yet it had made so much sense when it was happening. "He
said he was from the Department of Energy and that Mr. Murdock was a
subject of study to find some sort of alternative energy." She tried
to remember exactly what he had said, but he had talked so fast and
he had been so... so... believable. "He said he had papers -- that
it was all approved. But he took Mr. Murdock and... and I can't find
anything that says he should have." Nancy stifled a sob. She was
going to be fired. She'd lost a patient. She'd only been here for
two weeks. She'd never get another job. At least her friends would
She didn't expect the laughter that came from around the table. She
looked up into the smiling face of the nurse across the table.
"What?" She couldn't keep the tears from coming.
"Oh, Nancy," Loraine said. "You don't understand."
"Please don't cry, Nancy." Julie handed her a Kleenex. "We should
have warned you. Murdock will be fine. This happens all the time."
Nancy dabbed the tears from her eyes. "It does?"
"The guy who got him out, was he blond, beautiful eyes, a better body
and about this tall?" Kelley, a short dark haired nurse that Nancy
had only met once, held her hand in the air about a foot above her
"I can't believe I missed him. Was he wearing blue? He looks *so*
fine in blue."
"That is unprofessional behavior, Nurse Pearlson." Mrs. Dodd, the
supervising nurse, broke in on their conversation. "The situation
with Patient Murdock is unprofessional, if you ask me."
Kelley rolled her eyes. "But Dr. Richter's instructions are clear."
Mrs. Dodd snorted. "Just because he says that's it's to be allowed
doesn't mean that I have to like it." She looked around the room.
"And I don't want to see any of you encouraging that... that
*conman* in anyway." She stood and stalked out of the room.
Kelley almost laughed. "Don't mine old sour-puss there. She's just
mad because she let some creeps take Murdock on her watch. She even
"Now that's not true, Kelley," Loraine said. "They said they worked
for the government. She couldn't have known." Loraine looked across
at Nancy. "I think she feels guilty about it, that's why she acts
the way she does. But honestly, so many strange things happen around
Murdock that it's hard to tell when they're the bad guys. Well,
unless they come in using shotguns."
Nancy couldn't take it any more. "Shotguns? Kidnapped? Conmen?
Just what is going on with Captain Murdock?"
They all seemed to shrug at the same time.
"No one really knows," Julie finally answered. "Dr. Richter just
tells us to be as thorough as we can but that if Murdock is willing
to go, not to push it too hard. Just to let him go."
"You can usually tell that something is up if he starts acting up in
the morning," Kelley said. "Acting like he has rabies, flooding his
room, claiming invisibility..."
"One time he said that his hand had a mind of its own," Loraine added.
"Better that than blacking out the whole wing," Julie said. "He's
done that more than once."
Nancy laughed. "You're kidding, right?" She looked around the room.
"Right?" she asked Julie.
"But don't worry, honey," Loraine said. "You'll get used to it in
time. Being a nurse on Murdock's wing is an adventure."
"Oh, wait," Julie exclaimed. "You do have to document this, though.
And leave a message for Dr. Richter." She stood and walked to a
bookcase next to the door. She pulled out a large black binder and
crossed back, handing it to Nancy. "Just fill out as much as you can
remember. Then call Dr. Richter's service and tell him that
Murdock's gone and when he may be back. They did say when he'd be
back, didn't they?"
Nancy nodded. "Three weeks."
"Good." Julie sighed. "Well, we've been in here long enough.
Dodd'll have our heads."
"I just can't believe I missed him," Kelley said, standing and
following Julie to the door. "He is just too cute. Those eyes.
That hair. And when he walks away from you..."
"We know, we know," Loraine muttered under her breath. "The way that
girl goes on, you would think that she never saw a man before." She
patted Nancy on the hand again. "Just flip to the back and fill out
what you can. It'll get easier after a couple of more times."
She stood and left.
Nancy sighed in the suddenly empty room and looked at the book. H.M.
Murdock, Unapproved Outings, Book Three. "Book three?"
She flipped to a page, skimming through it. "Discovered missing at
morning bed check. Returned two days later."
Another one ten pages further on. "Taken out for study on delayed
stress disorder. Returned in two weeks. Evidence of gunshot?" She
wished the records were more detailed.
One from the middle of the book. "Ran from game room and fled in
waiting car. Gone only a day that time."
She skipped to the first blank page and began to write. Maybe she
wouldn't lose her job after all.
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