Kate glanced at the doctor as he walked in. "Katherine Richards? My name is Dr. Stine." He sat down as he read the file. "Ms. Richards-"

"Please, call me Kate. I prefer first names. If you don't mind me asking, what's yours?

The doctor smiled. "It's Francis. But you can call me Frank. Now, about the results." The doctor leant back, and rubbed his face. "I'm afraid I have bad news."

Dr. Stine smiled under his hand.