Epping Forest
1895

The lantern's beam of yellow light was dim and woefully inadequate for the task at hand. He stripped off his jacket and laid it across his friend's chest.

The injured man lay very still and uttered not a sound. His white-knuckled grasp of tufts of grass indicated his pain, but the look in his eyes spoke ultimately of trust.

Having to blindly fish among his own possessions he found the small red phial and a hypodermic needle which he positioned beside the suture kit.

'Doctors make the worst patients,' he grimaced.

'And detectives make the worst doctors,' his patient replied.


Author's Notes: The prompt called for the use of four or five of the following words: Red, lantern, grass, fish, needle
The challenge is always to write something coherent where the mandatory words do not stick out.