Caring For Nataile
Nat: There was a knock at the door and Stephen turned his head away from Natalie to face the door and saw Frank poking his head through.
Frank: Can I have a quick word?
(Stephen nodded his head and took one last look at Natalie and walked over to the door and followed Frank out into the corridor)
Stephen: Please tell me you found out what this is?
Frank: I wouldn't quite go that far.
(Stephen slowly lifted his head to face the celling)
Frank: But I did find something that might help.
(Stephen looked back at Frank)
Frank: First of all I found nothing at Natalie's place; it's spotless!
(Stephen glared at Frank)
Frank: In the medical room that Natalie usually uses, I did find something….
(Frank went quite for a second)
Stephen: What something?
Frank: …. That's the thing I'm not sure what it is, I've never seen it before.
Stephen: Let me see.
(Stephen reached his hand out towards Frank)
Frank: I sent it straight to the lab they should have an answer in a few hours or so.
(Stephen lowered his hand back)
Stephen: Great, just when we need Natalie's help!
Frank: Yeah, she would have results within minutes.
Stephen: Describe to me what you saw.
Frank: Well it was traces from finger marks on all the usual places; the med bed, the door handles, light switches and even on layers of the counter top.
Stephen: What was it you actually saw?
Frank: To start with I thought it was the everyday bad bacteria, but when I looked it over with the bacteria light it was a deep purple colour.
Stephen: Sounds to me like fungus.
Frank: That's what I thought, but I found out the place was cleaned just a few hours ago.
Stephen: Either they didn't do a good job or it is something initially different.
Frank: The rest of the room was spotless. And hear this I even found traces of it in Natalie's office; on the top of her chair and on the other usually places you would find fingerprints.
Stephen: So basically everywhere!
(Frank nodded his head)
Stephen: Well let's put this all together…..
(Stephen started pacing around)
Stephen: Miles found rashes that keep appearing and disappearing and it seems it might be coming from some unusually bacterial that seems to look like fungus.
Frank: Has Eva found out anything yet?
(Stephen stopped pacing and looked at Frank)
Stephen: Only what I already know!
(Just then they heard a scream coming from up the corridor Stephen and Frank glared at each other and took off up the corridor towards where the scream came from)
Stephen: I have a funny feeling about this.
(Frank glanced at Stephen)
Frank: What do you mean?
Stephen: That this is bigger than we think.
(Thy both rounded the corridor where they saw a few nurses gathered around)
Frank: What are you thinking?
(The nurses parted to let a doctor pass who was wheeling another nurse in a chair past them)
Stephen: Just as I thought!
(They overheard a few of nurses talking to each other)
Nurse 1: She said she was feeling dizzy earlier on.
Nurse 2: She kept forgetting things...
Nurse 3: ….. And that's not like her at all.
Nurse 4: She's never hardly ill or forgetful.
(Stephen and Frank looked at each other)
Doctor: O.K break it up, there's other patients out there!
(The nurses started to walk away and the doctor walked over to Stephen and Frank)
Doctor: This is getting worse; I've had to bring in all my staff and even hire extra nurses, and I have three of them as patients. What the hell is going on around here?
Stephen: Well we think we know where it started.
Frank: But to know where the source is, is a different matter.
Doctor: Well I sure hope you find it soon; we can't keep going on like this.
(The doctor looked at both Stephen and frank and walked away)
Stephen: I hate to say this…
(Stephen started walking back down the corridor and Frank followed beside him)
Stephen: … But I think we may have a contagion on our hands.
Frank: Are you saying we may have to close down the whole building?
Stephen: Let's hope we don't have to go to that extreme, just maybe this department and our floor upstairs as well.
Frank: Are you sure we really need to do that?
(Stephen stopped walking and stood in front of frank facing him)
Stephen: We can't let this spread outside, if it hasn't already that is!
Frank: But isn't it Jack's birthday tomorrow?
(Stephen looked up towards the ceiling and then back to Frank again)
Stephen: I know it is, but what choice do we have? Let's hope we find the source of the outbreak before then.
(Frank looked at his watch)
Frank: That gives us just over 8 hours to solve this.
Stephen: Let's get a move on then.
(They arrived back at Natalie's room)
Stephen: Find Eva!
(Stephen started looking around)
Stephen: And where is Miles?
Frank: I'll see if I can find Eva.
(Frank started to walk away)
(Frank turns back to face Stephen)
Stephen: Remember not a word about this, we don't want a panic on our hands.
(Frank nodded his head)
Stephen: Ameeting right here in ten minutes.
(Frank turned back around and walked away as Stephen stopped a nurse that was walking past)
Stephen: Hi, have you seen a young doctor with dark hair…..
Nurse 1: You mean Dr McCabe!
(Stephen nodded his head)
Nurse 1: He's in room 22; I'm just heading that way now.
Stephen: Please could you tell him I need to speak to him. I'm….
Nurse 1: …Dr Conner, yes I know!
(The nurse walked away as Stephen continued watching her)
End of Scene Twelve
Note: Once again I apologise for the long delay but I hope this makes up for it. I think you must realise that this certainly isn't going to be a short story as I first planned it to be, I just thought it would be good to make this out to be bigger than it really is. Please review/PM me and let me know if you have any ideas for this as I would love to hear them.