TITLE: A HUMAN ELEMENT
GENRE: COMMERCIAL SUSPENSE-WOMEN'S
The girl screamed in delirium as she lay on the white bed twisting the stiff, starched sheets under her. A stain of sweat and blood spread below her raised and shaking legs. A musky smell hung in the air as the girl struggled. Outside the rain streamed down in a torrential rush beating in a tinny rhythm on the windows of the back room of the one-floor medical office.
Doctor Britton's right hand slid inside the girl up to his wrist as he pushed down on her bloated stomach. She screamed again as he touched her monstrous belly. Then her lungs and strength gave up and she trailed off into ragged whimpers.
“The head is turned. Get me the forceps,” he yelled to the nurse with cropped, gray hair. Nurse Reed identified the instrument from the table near her and placed it in Doctor Britton's outstretched hand. In her 40 years as a nurse she had never seen a pregnant woman scream so much during the birth process. Something had to be wrong, terribly wrong. She wished another nurse came here for this birth besides herself, the doctor and the unseen man outside who waited to finish this night for them and take this baby. She glanced at the back door where he waited. She wondered what kind of man would wait in the rain for such a job.
But she didn't care to know about this nameless man who waited.