Ecstasy

The fall wasn't meant to happen. That part, at least, wasn't planned.
But now, Luke's stuck in a limbo between dream and nightmare and the bottle in his pocket seems to be able to say a lot more about the incident than he can.
However, when reality does begin to sink in in Luke's mind, it's all anyone can do to stop him from letting go of everything - Forever...That is, if people can begin to care...

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5. X-ray. And Luke

The hospital is almost silent. Now well past eleven O'Clock, nearly everyone is asleep, the footsteps and hushed voices of three doctors wheeling the stretcher on it's portable table seem far too loud for such a quiet shrine. Together, they wheel the boy into an X-ray room and gently lift his lifeless form onto the bed. One of the nurses, a young, fresh, pink-cheeked woman with crinkled brown hair sticking out from under her cap, touched his for head: it's not cold. Very softly, she tells the patient the plan, but he makes no effort at all to answer. He doesn't even twitch. 

"It'll be OK, Luke." She whispers "It'll be OK."

The woman's companionable do the X-ray, scanning closely for signs of internal damage. There's a head wound and a couple of fractures, but apart from the head wound, nothing else seems too serious.

"We're going to take your blood-pressure now, Luke." Says the nurse. "I'm going to roll up your sleeves..."

Still, the boy makes no reply and the nurse proceeds with the sleeve-rolling... And sees the cuts and untreated scars that decorate them...

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