The rush of nurses and the on-duty doctor flooded into the room, and one nurse was particularly forceful as she pushed William away from the bed.
"You have to wait outside," she said as she turned her back to him.
"I'm not leaving," was his response, and when the woman had turned back to insist, she'd nearly cowered from the look in his eyes, and she'd said nothing more as she turned back to do her job.
A nurse on either side of the bed. One took pulse and blood pressure, while the other checked the monitors and IVs. The doctor and another nurse looked over some charts, and the doctor finally stepped up to the side of the bed. In all of the hustle, the nurses had taken out the tube that had been down her throat, and as the doctor leaned close, she rasped a word past the dryness. The doctor paused, and quietly asked her to repeat herself.
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"Will...am..." her throat was so dry, but her eyes were fixed on the doctor, to make sure that he understood. She moved her eyes to find Will, b