GUILT and Innocence

By: Mark J. Hadley

PROLOGUE

"Shoot, I lost it again. Angie, what's the progress?"

"Chiral reaction is still positive. Try the ultrasound again."

"Right. It was here, I just saw—wait, wait—ah, there it is. Tenacious little devil, it's back into the lung…"

"Be careful…"

"Scalpel… thanks. Aaaand… there we go."

"I see it, too. Good work, Docto—…"

"Ah, blast it! Disappeared again!"

"The patient won't be able to take much more of this. We've got to get it out of him now, before it… Doctor Stiles! Vitals are dropping!"

"Hang in there… don't die on me…! Syringe!"

"Right here!"

"Thanks. Filling with the stabilizer… hrm… All right, made the injection. I'll need the ultrasound agai—…"

"Doctor! His vitals aren't stabilizing!"

"What?! But that's impossible!! There isn't nearly enough tissue damage or bleeding to warrant this!"

"H-he's going into cardiac arrest!"

"Defibrillator, now! Hurry!"

"Right here!"

"Clear…!"

"…N-no response! Doctor S-Stiles…"

"Again…!"

"…Doctor… h-he's… he's…"

"No… can't be, that's… that's not possible… how… how could I…"

To be continued…