As soon as Maren stepped into the room, my pain started to lessen. “Alright Dell,” she said flashing a quick, radiant smile, “let me just scan that bracelet.”
Maren moved with brisk efficiency, but I still had opportunities to note the playful bounce of her short natural curls, the shifting muscles in her forearms as she typed, and the dimple that emerged in her cheek when she grinned. It almost made being in the hospital feel tolerable.
“Three pills and a shot this time,” my nurse announced.
Immediately my vision started clouding, and I felt beads of sweat on my neck. “I . . . I don’t really like needles,” I admitted, looking down at my hands.
“That’s alright,” she said handing me the pills. “I’ll see what we can do.”
I felt relieved, but still shaky. Maren waited patiently while I forced down the meds, then asked, “May I see your hand?”
She placed two fingers on my wrist as though to check my pulse, but instead of checking a watch or clock, her eyes shifted to mine. Perfect lips asked, “Will you marry me?”
A dimple in her cheek. “Sorry!” And Maren walked away with an empty syringe.
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Story by Gregory M. Fox