Reviews are most welcome and encourage quick updates! Anything in italics is what Carlisle is actually thinking in the moment, not the actual story telling.
I sat at my desk in the office assigned to the Doctors on duty and was reviewing my patient files. We had three traumas come in today and thankfully I was able to save every one of them. Due to my speed I was able to do a few things under the radar that the others in the room with me could not catch, which in these three instances had saved the lives of the people that were in front of us. I don't consider myself a hero by any stretch of the imagination, but I like to think that we, as a team, saved these lives. I heard a knock at the door and it shook me out of my thoughts. I called out.
"I'm so sorry to disturb you, Doctor, but we just had a fracture come in."
"How serious does it look?"
"It looks from x-ray like a clean break, but still. The poor thing's in so much pain."
I nodded my head as I closed my file.
"I'll be right there."
The Nurse handed me a file.
"I'll let the patient know you're on the way."
I smiled at her as I put the x-rays on the monitor.
Looks like a clean fracture, but it's in two places. This patient can't be more than 12 years old. Poor little thing.
I walked down the hallway and as I did my senses were overloaded. That scent. I have been a vampire for just shy of 300 years, and have been able to curb my addictions. But this, I knew, was to be a test of my strength. I took a deep breath, knocked on the door and turned the knob.
"Good evening, Miss Platt. I'm Doctor Cullen."
The scent was hard to ignore, as was the pounding of her blood rushing through her body, enticing a beautiful blush to wash over her cheeks.
"It's nice to meet you, Doctor."
Her voice was music to my ears. I couldn't help but smile at her as I looked at her laying there, tears of pain streaming down her beautiful face.
"How did this happen?"
I took my handkerchief from my pocket and handed it to her gently. She smiled slightly at the gesture as she dabbed the tears from her eyes.
"I was climbing a tree and I lost my balance. I'm so embarrassed."
I smiled at her humility.
"What is there to be embarrassed about? I love climbing trees."
She looked at me with a disbelieving expression on her face.
"You? A Doctor, like climbing trees?"
I smiled as I sat on the gurney beside her.
"Well, I don't get to do it as much these days, but when I was in University I used to love to climb trees and sit up there and read. It's the best on a summer's day like we had today."
"Yeah. I was trying to rescue an abandoned bird and when I went to reach the nest, I fell. I hope the bird's ok."
She's embarrassed about trying to rescue a little bird and that she fell in the process? What a gentle heart she has.
"Well, I'm sure that with you looking out for it, the little bird will be just fine. Now, let's have a look at this leg, shall we?"
Her dress was already pulled up to expose the injury and I gently put my hands on her leg to assess the damage and her amount of pain.
"Tell me if this hurts."
I watched her face contort in pain, but then it immediately relaxed.
"Does that hurt?"
She shook her head.
"It actually feels nice. My leg feels so warm where it's broken and your hands are cool. It's like relief almost."
She's an angel, I'm convinced of this.
"Well, Miss Platt. If you'd like I will personally apply your cast for you."
Please say yes.
She looked at me with a smile.
"Only if you call me Esme."
"Only if you call me Carlisle."
"Well then, Carlisle. I think I need you to help me out here."
"I'd be only too glad to help you Miss, I mean, Esme."
Esme. What a beautiful name.
"I'm going to get a wheelchair for you and I'll be right back."
She looked at me with a smile.
"I'll be right here, since I can't go anywhere anyway."
I got up and left to the emergency room to get a wheelchair for her. As I did, so many things were going through my mind, and none of them had to do with setting a fracture.
I found a wheelchair behind the main reception desk and was stopped by the nurse.
"Doctor Cullen, we can have an orderly take care of the patient."
I raised my hand gently and smiled.
"It's been a while since I've set a fracture and I'm a little out of practice."
This was in fact a half truth and I'm glad she didn't catch on to it. She smiled at me warmly.
"Alright. I'll send for you if we need you."
I returned to her room and found her sitting up in bed, her fractured leg hanging off the side of the bed.
"Esme, what are you doing?"
She looked up at me with frail eyes.
"I thought I would help you and head to the door, but once I stood on my good leg, well, I think that my other ankle might be twisted. I'm so clumsy."
I brought the chair right over to her and looked directly at her.
"You're not clumsy. You're in good hands now, so let me take care of you. Alright?"
She sighed and nodded her head.
"Ok. It is your job after all."
Oh it has nothing to do with my job.
I smiled at her and picked her up in my arms, placing her in the chair.
"Are you cold?"
"A little, but I'm ok."
I got a blanket from the cupboard and wrapped it around her, making sure she was tucked in.
She looked at me with a bright smile.
"Much, thank you."
"Ok. Off we go."
We arrived in the fracture clinic and I lifted her onto the bed gently.
"I have to get some things to start setting your leg, and then I promise I'll wrap up your other ankle, alright?"
She nodded her head and looked at me with tired eyes. I placed a few pillows behind her head and encouraged her to lay back.
"I'm going to be a few minutes, so if you feel tired, please don't stay up just for me. Your body needs to heal, so rest if you have to. Alright?"
She yawned as she nodded her head again.
"Thank you, Doctor."
"Miss Platt. I thought we had an agreement."
She giggled a little.
"I'm sorry. Thank you, Carlisle."
I smiled at her and brushed the hair from her face.
"You're most welcome, Esme. I'll be back in a few minutes. Close your eyes and rest."
She did as I asked and before I even knew it, her breathing was even, and she was asleep. I spoke quietly as I watched her for a moment.
"Goodnight my angel."